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Rosemary Crowley Manning

May 24, 1931 August 16, 2013
Rosemary Crowley Manning
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PEORIA— Rosemary “Rosie” Donnelly Crowley Manning passed away peacefully on Friday, August 16, 2013, at OSF Hospice Home with family by her side. She was born May 24, 1931, in Peoria, to Harold and Marie (Kelly) Donnelly. She married William A. “Billy” Crowley Jr. on May 8, 1954. He died February 22, 1984. She later married Robert E. Manning Jr. on March 24, 2001. He died July 22, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Kathleen McQuellon; and two brothers, Hank Donnelly and Dick Donnelly. Rosie is survived by five children, Karen (Bob) Metzinger of Dunlap, Debi (John) Redington of Dunlap, James (Gail) Crowley of Elmhurst, William A. (Laura) Crowley III of Peoria, and John (Chris) Crowley of Peoria; as well as, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are seven step-children, Michael Manning of Dahlonega, Ga., Lauren (Tom) Donlan of Aurora, Linda Manning of Peoria, Angela (Dan) Aeschliman of Dunlap, Robert (Kristen) Manning, James Manning, and Paul (Katie) Manning, all of Peoria; 18 step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Angela Crowley Kenny and Georgana Donnelly; two cousins who were raised with Rosie, Jim (Gerrie) Kelly and Bob (Grace) Kelly; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. A 1949 graduate of the Academy of Our Lady, Rosie earned the honor of May Queen and was involved in all the school’s musical activities; she also was a proud member of the National Honor Society. Later she attended St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth, Kan., on a voice scholarship and served as president of her freshman class. Rosie worked at Great Central Insurance, Caterpillar Inc., and Woodruff High School, where she retired after 23 years of service. Following her retirement, she joined the Women of Woodruff club to stay connected to her friends. She was also a cosmetic consultant for the Magic of Aloe for 40 years. Rosie served on the board of the Morton Civic Chorus and sang with the group for 15 years. As a member of the Catholic Women’s League, she was honored with the Angel Award. On June 5, 2011, Mayor Jim Ardis surprised Rosie with a City of Peoria proclamation noting “Rosie Crowley Manning Day.” For Rosie, there was no better place to live, and she was a proud, lifelong Peorian. An avid sports fan, Rosie’s strong Catholic faith and Irish heritage made the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team her #1 passion. Bradley University basketball followed closely behind. Rosie and Bob could be found cheering on the Braves at every home game. Rosie’s singing telegrams were cherished gifts to those who received them to celebrate the arrival of new babies, birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, etc. She also spread joy as a solo vocalist and choir director at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church where she beautifully sang and gladly served for almost 60 years. Most of all, Rosie will be remembered for her deep devotion to her faith, her family, and her friends. We were blessed by her vivacious Irish spirit, her generous heart, and her genuine love for others. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bernard Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 20. Msgr. Stanley Deptula and Father James Pallardy will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Monday, August 19, 2013, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. Entombment will be at Resurrection Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church, Alzheimer’s Association, Sisters of St. Francis Retirement Fund and OSF Hospice Home. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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