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Mary Lois Damm

September 27, 1932 December 20, 2014
Mary Lois Damm
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Germantown Hills – Mary Lois (Vogel) Damm, 82, passed to a better existence at 5:25 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, leaving behind her loving spouse of 45 years, Robert E. Damm. There were no children, except the love of her husband, Bob, plus the love and concern of Bob’s nieces and nephews, and the love of brothers, Frederick Paul – a WW II Air Force veteran of Vancouver, Wash., Gilbert Charles – a WW II Army veteran of El Paso, Ill., Alvin Lester (Cathy) – a Korean Army veteran of Round Rock, Tex., Loren Franklin (Ann) of Woodlands, Tex., and Frank Lloyd (Lois) of Newton, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, Aloys and Julia (Linneman) Vogel; one brother, Howard Francis; a nieces, Marcia Tegard; a nephew, John; a great-nephew, Ryan Hinojosa; and sisters-in-law, Patricia, Ruth, and Dolly. Mary’s working life was varied after graduation from El Paso High School in 1950. As a senior, she was selected to go to Girls State in Murphysboro, Ill., and was privileged to have a roommate who won the Lt. Governor position in the political race that takes place there. She worked as a waitress/ hostess in restaurants. She then went on to a job as an assistant manager of a major dress shop in Bloomington, Ill. Later she moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., and started radiology training in 1956 at Memorial General Hospital, where she attended one year. She later graduated from St. Joseph Hospital in Bloomington, Ill., in 1958. Her career n radiology took her to Los Angeles, Calif., where she was a teaching and working technologist at Cedar-Sinai Hospital, which was then known as Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. While there she had the privilege of doing x-ray exams on many high-profile celebrities at that time. Her next adventure was a move to Dallas, where she was employed as chief technologist for a radiologist’s office and his radiology departments in two separate hospitals in Dallas. She also served as treasurer for the Dallas, Texas Chapter of the Society of X-Ray Technicians for one year. When Mary moved back to Illinois, she was employed as the radiology technologist at the TB Sanatorium in Mackinaw, Ill. After getting married in 1970, she took a position at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria since Bob was still working at Caterpillar. She retired rom there in 1986 as a specialist technologist, working ultrasound and C.T. scans. Bob retired at the same time from Caterpillar. In retirement, she and Bob traveled to Europe, Hawaii, other islands, and all over this great U.S.A. She loved to paint watercolor pictures – mainly of flowers, animals, or inanimate objects. She also painted a few pictures in oil on canvas. Rising to the level of semi-professional, she received numerous awards for her works, having exhibited at Illinois Central College, Heart of Illinois Fairs, and other venues in different cities. She also enjoyed painting ceramic objects, which she sold or gave as gifts to many people. She created greeting cards on her computer for birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays for friends and family. She was also the author of a self-published novel, “The Distance of Time,” a second novel remains unfinished. Another of Mary’s greatest satisfactions and source of pride was the publication of a word game she created, “Definition/Wordplay,” in a local paper. More recently, she was chairman of her 55th El Paso class reunion in 2005 and for the diamond jubilee 60th reunion in 2010. Her struggle with multiple cancers was “Oh, too short for us,” but a blessing for her to be taken into the arms of the Lord and Savior in which she put all her trust and devotion. She was a believer in the saving graces of her Lord and His Mother and to the end never wavered in that trust. Our thanks go out to her wonderful family doctor, oncologist, and all the nurses and staff at the Cancer Care Clinic on Rte. 91, who so unfailingly cheered her up when she was there for her chemo treatments. Her final months were spent at Snyder Village. To the dedicated team there that lovingly cared for her, thank you to all. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 504 Fulton St., Peoria.. Father Luis Aponte will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, 2416 N. North St., Peoria, with recitation of the Rosary at 7 p.m. An additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be at noon Tuesday in Calvary Cemetery in Henry, Ill. A luncheon will follow at St. Mary Catholic Church in Henry. Memorials may be made to National Downs Syndrome Charity or the Disabled American Veterans. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.

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