Mary DeSplinter


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Posted Online: Feb. 06, 2013, 6:14 pm
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Mary L. DeSplinter, 93, a lifelong resident of Annawan, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo.
A funeral Mass celebrating her life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Annawan. The Rev. Mark Miller will officiate. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Annawan. Visitation for Mary will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Atkinson Chapel of Vandemore Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, where a rosary will be held at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Annawan, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Annawan or Annawan Fire and Rescue.
Mary was born on March 23, 1919, in Annawan, to Peter and Emma Schoutteet VanDeKeere. On Sept. 14, 1937, she was united in marriage to Lawrence DeSplinter Sr. in Annawan. Mary and Lawrence owned and operated Red & White Grocery Store for 20 years, and later she worked as an assembler at Harper Wyman.
Mary was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Altar & Rosary, Blue Cross Sewing Circle, WATCH Program and a bloodmobile chairman. She received the first Volunteer of the Year Award in 1995 from Sacred Heart Church and also the Pere Marquette Award from the Bishop in 2006. She enjoyed playing cards with her many friends and traveling to visit relatives, especially to Belgium. Mary also was an avid Cubs fan.
Mary is survived by one son, Jim (Cheryl) DeSplinter, Moline; one daughter, Barb DeSplinter, Kewanee; seven grandchildren, Kevin Cathelyn, Brad DeSplinter, Rob DeSplinter, Tim Willage, Sheila Schierer, Nicole Smith and Seth DeSplinter; 15 great-grandchildren, Eddie and Will Cathelyn, Ashlie Hamilton, Jamie Schaab, Andrew and Bobbi DeSplinter, Bryan, Evan and Kristin DeSplinter, Kendra, Tyler and Calab Willage, Zoye, Anna and Ty Schierer, and one on the way; two great-great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Hamilton and Emma DeSplinter; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter (and son-in-law), Donna (John) Schultz; one brother, Walter VanDeKeere; one sister, Helen Haverbeck; and one granddaughter, Kamey Cathelyn.
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