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Mary Virant

December 9, 1921 February 16, 2019
Mary Virant
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Mary Virant, 97, of Peoria, Illinois went to be with the Lord, Saturday evening, February 16, 2019 with her children by her side.

Born December 9, 1921 in Retje, Obcina of Loski Potok, Slovenia to Joseph and Josephine (Turk) Knaus. In May 1945, she had to flee her home after 5 years of Fascist and Nazi occupation ahead of the Communist takeover to safety in Austria. She met and married Frank Virant Sr. on September 11, 1948 in a DP
(displaced persons) camp in Spittal a/d Drau, Austria. After 5 years in the camp, they then immigrated to the United States with their young son in November 1950. Traveling from Bremerhaven, Germany aboard the USS General Blatchford, a converted WWII Liberty Ship arriving in New York, continuing on the Rock Island RR from New York to LaSalle, Illinois then proceeding to Peoria.

Her husband Frank Sr. preceded her in death on October 18, 2002. She was also preceded in death by 6 brothers, 4 of which died along with her father in WW II and its violent aftermath.

Surviving are one son, Frank (Kathy) Virant of Peoria, two daughters; Mary (Ron) Curby of Port Charlotte, FL and Margie (Jim) Jumer of Peoria, IL. Two brothers, Vinko and Ivan Knaus of Kranj and Retje, Slovenia, and one sister, Mila Samsa of Retje, Slovenia as well as four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was a beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother who will be deeply missed.

She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church of Peoria, a Eucharistic Minister for many years, The Ladies Guild and the Ladies Funeral Luncheon Group. She also was a member of the KSKJ Lodge No. 5., Slovenian-American Society and the Bishop Baraga Assoc.

She loved her vegetable garden as well as her hostas and flowers of all types. Autumn was also a favorite time for her and Frank Sr. to pick apples at Christ’s Orchard in Trivoli and they couldn’t miss the annual Kickapoo (St Mary’s) Sausage Supper having attended since 1952.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. The Rev. Don Roszkowski will officiate. Visitation will be held at the Church from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM before Mass. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to her church, St. Ann’s, 1009 S. Louisa St., Peoria, IL, 61605.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

21

Feb

9:00 AM 2/21/2019 9:00:00 AM - 10:30 AM 2/21/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Ann Catholic Church

1010 S Louisa St
Peoria, IL 61605

St. Ann Catholic Church
1010 S Louisa St Peoria 61605 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Thursday

21

Feb

10:30 AM 2/21/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Ann Catholic Church

1010 S Louisa St
Peoria, IL 61605

St. Ann Catholic Church
1010 S Louisa St Peoria 61605 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Resurrection Cemetery & Mausoleum Final Resting Place

7519 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

7519 N Allen Rd Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Ann Catholic Church

1010 S Louisa St
Peoria, IL 61605
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