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Rosemary Anton Bannon

September 23, 1923 August 15, 2012
Rosemary Anton Bannon
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Rosemary Anton Bannon, 88, of Peoria passed away peacefully on the morning of Wednesday, August 15, 2012 following a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family who were blessed to witness her journey at the home of Terry and Mike Risen.
She was born September 23, 1923, in Parma, Ohio, to Felix and Sophia (Jarus) Anton. After meeting on June 6, 1944, she entered into the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony with Edward “Ted” Bannon in Parma, Ohio on July 21, 1945. He preceded her in death on March 24, 2002 after 56 years of marriage.
Rosemary is survived by her 11 loving children Kevin (Lynn) Bannon, Barb (Jim) Eckhart, and Ginny (Tony) Pisano all of Germantown Hills; Terry (Mike) Risen of East Peoria; Kathleen (Eric) Ward, Cookie Bannon, Joanne (Ed Tarbuck) Bannon all of Peoria; Peg (Dane) Buechele of Lebanon, IL; Maureen Bannon and Jean (Doug Schneebeck) Bannon both of Albuquerque, NM; and Lorrie (Steve) Park of Marana, AZ. Also surviving are 39 grandchildren Jenna Davis; Joe Friederich; Dan Schlicksup; Emily Schoemehl; Edward and Anthony Schlicksup; Isabelle, Eric, and Elizabeth Ward; Scott, Rob , Geoff, Ryan and Sean Eckhart; Amy, Anne, David, and Tim Risen; Leah Goforth; Elaine Wicker; Kevin West; Maureen Langholf; Michael, Mario, and Nick Pisano; Colleen, Megan, and Jeremy Park; Katie and Alex Jones; Jed, Claire, and Paige Buechele; Jessa Herren; Jimmy and Abby Schneebeck; Erin Sparrow; Frank and Rose Gray; and 26 great-grandchildren. Her siblings, Mary Ann (Don) Krueger and Joe (Mil) Anton both of Cleveland, OH; sister-in-law Rosemary Anton of Arlington, TX; and many nieces and nephews also survive.
Rosemary’s siblings, Gertrude Palker, Paul Anton, Ben Anton, and Dick Anton preceded her in death.
She graduated in 1941 from Notre Dame Academy High School in Cleveland, then worked at Ohio Crankshaft and volunteered at Deaconess Hospital in Cleveland. Rosemary’s journey to Peoria included residency in El Paso, TX and Waukegan and Joliet, IL. Living in El Paso while Ted was in the Army, she volunteered at the U.S. Army Separation Center, assisting veterans with their return to civilian life. In 1970, she and Ted joined the family-owned Prima Quality Foods in East Peoria which later incorporated as Trinity Foods of Illinois. Later, she worked as an office assistant for Drs. Eva and Ted Lukas.
Rooted in their Catholic faith as members of St. Cecilia’s Parish, Rosemary and Ted were active members of the Christian Family Movement. During that time, they developed many cherished and life-long friendships. As a tireless team, they were active in the Parent’s Board of Spalding Institute /Academy of Our Lady from which all of their children graduated. They helped establish and maintain the Armstrong-Ellis Neighborhood Association and were instrumental in improving the neighborhood through restoration and preservation of the brick boulevards on Armstrong Avenue. In addition, they were members of the West Bluff Council and the Franklin-Edison School Neighborhood Partnership. Rosemary’s love of neighbors and passion for her neighborhood continued until her death.
She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Peoria and a former member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church until its closing.
A celebration of her life and Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 18, 2012 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Peoria Heights. The Reverend Monsignor Brian Brownsey will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 17, 2012 and one hour prior to the Mass. Both visitations and funeral Mass will be held at St Thomas the Apostle. Wright and Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Peoria.
Memorials may be made to Association for Developmentally Disabled of Woodford County (ADDWC), the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (ALSA) New Mexico Chapter or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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