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Dorothy Mae Lavin

September 9, 1924 January 28, 2015
Dorothy Mae Lavin
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PEORIA – Dorothy Mae Lavin, 90, of Peoria passed away surrounded by her family at 3:55 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. Dorothy was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Peoria to the late Charles L. and Edna (Goegle) O’Brien. She married Thomas Joseph Lavin on June 12, 1948, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Peoria. He preceded her in death on Nov. 20, 2014. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her infant son, John Anthony; her sister, Eileen Lintz; her brother, Rev. Fr. Richard O’Brien; one infant grandson, William Gabriel Lavin; and her brother-in-law, Harold Lintz. She is survived by her children, Tom (Glenda) Lavin of Reno, Nev., Rich (Colleen) Lavin of Peoria, Charlie (Camille) Lavin of Peoria, Mary (Tom) Ryon of Washington, Ill., Barb (Pat) Coyle of Washington, Ill., Patti (Randy) Simmons of Peoria, and Dody (Mike) Norman of Peoria; 26 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Charles (Pat) O’Brien. Dorothy graduated from Academy of Our Lady in 1942, where she played basketball and began her love of competition. She then attended Rosary College in River Forest, Ill., for two years. She worked at Illinois Bell then married and began her family. Dorothy enjoyed playing bridge with friends, golfing, cooking, and sewing. She loved the St. Louis Cardinals and Notre Dame football. Loving the sport of golf, she won the 9-hole Women’s Championship. Throughout her life, she volunteered at Mark Bills Middle School and the OSF gift shop. She made receiving blankets and bears for the Pregnancy Center and Christmas stockings for the military. Dorothy treasured times with her grandchildren, playing games or reading a book to them. Her personality was marked by her loving and caring ways toward all who knew her. She will truly be missed beyond measure. She was strong in her Catholic faith, attending daily Mass. A funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at St. Philomena Catholic Church. Rev. David Richardson will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, also at the church, with recitation of the Rosary at 7p.m. An additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Women’s Care Center or Alzheimer’s Association. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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