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Mary Ann Kooken

February 24, 1938 October 8, 2010
Mary Ann Kooken
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PEORIA-Mary Ann Jirjis Kooken, 72, of St. Francis Woods in Peoria, passed away at 3:01 p.m. on Friday, October 8, 2010, at Proctor Hospital. She was born on February 24, 1938, in Tenafly, NJ, to Henry and Alice Richards Tew. She first married Najib “George” Jirjis in 1958 in Raleigh, NC and he passed away in Washington, IL. She later married Charles K. Kooken on November 16, 1979, in Burlington, Iowa. He passed away on March 20, 2008, in Peoria. Mary Ann is survived by two sons, Dr. Jim (Tammy) Jirjis of Nashville, TN and Mark (Cindy) Jirjis of Spring Bay; one daughter, Karen (Jeff) Carper of Quincy, IL; seven grandchildren; several step grandchildren; one brother, Henry (Joan) Tew of Stony Point, NY; one sister, Elizabeth (Robert) Tilton of Mahwah, NJ; and her good friend, Terri Nixon of Peoria. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and worked as a playground supervisor at St. Philomena School for 22 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary with Rev. Stephen Barch officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the services. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of ashes will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Peoria. Memorial contributions may be made to P.A.W.S. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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