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Molly Mazzola

October 29, 1939 January 9, 2010
Molly Mazzola
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PEORIA- Mary “Molly” Margaret (McCarthy) Mazzola, 70, passed away peacefully, with loved ones at her side, on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 12:26 a.m. at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. Molly was born on October 29, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan to her parents, Thomas Bruno and Eve Lantz McCarthy, and grew up in Grosse Point, Michigan. In 1965, Molly met Joseph James Mazzola on a blind date and fell madly in love. On June 24, 1966, Joe and Molly married at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan. They resided in Fort Wayne, Indiana before moving to Peoria in 1970. Molly is survived by her loving husband, Joe, two sons John (Dawn) Mazzola of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and Tom Mazzola of Peoria, one daughter, “Margy” Margaret Mazzola of Peoria, and three granddaughters, Rachel, Meghan and Madeline. Also surviving are two brothers, Thomas (LeeAnn) McCarthy of The Villages, Florida and Daniel McCarthy of San Marcos, California, brother-in-law, James (Jane) Mazzola of Macomb, Michigan, sisters-in-law, Rose Thomas of Chino Hills, California and Lee Driscoll of Claremont, California and numerous nieces and nephews. Her mother, father, mother-in-law and father-in-law preceded her in death. Molly received her teaching degree from Lake Forrest College and began her teaching career in Detroit, Michigan. She shared her amazing gifts with countless children throughout her career as a teacher. She taught at Harrison and Glen Oak Schools in Peoria. Molly retired from teaching in 2005 but continued to tutor and volunteer in the classroom. Molly’s favorite things included doing art projects and cooking with her beloved granddaughters, bird watching from her kitchen window and writing encouraging notes to those who were in her thoughts. Molly never knew a stranger. She made friends with everyone she met and greeted everyone with a smile. She was known for her positive attitude, great sense of humor, intense spirituality and her love of her family. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother and a best friend to many. She always took time to cherish those she met and passed along to them her zest of life. She always listened to others and made them feel special. She encouraged others to develop their talents, relish family and friends and take advantage of each day we are given to make a difference in the lives of others. Molly greeted each day with a smile, no matter how challenging it may be. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on January 21 at St. Philomena Catholic Church with Fr. David Richardson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on January 20 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary and 30 minutes before Mass at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded. Private burial of cremains will be at Resurrection Mausoleum at a later date. In recent years, Molly was very active in the Alzheimer’s Association. She became a powerful advocate for caregivers and Alzheimer’s awareness. She promoted caregiver support groups, first responders education and the use of Safe Return bracelets for those with memory loss. Molly was dedicated to sharing her experiences as a caretaker through books, videos, meetings and fundraising efforts. Memorials can be made in Molly’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association - Central Illinois Chapter, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria, Illinois 61614. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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