Mary Fennelly Lauer


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Posted Online: April 01, 2013, 7:53 pm
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Mary G. Fennelly Lauer, 90, of Rock Island, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Trinity Rock Island.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, April 4, at Sacred Heart Church, Moline. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111 1st St. A, Moline, with a combined rosary recited by the Sacred Heart Altar and Rosary Society and National Catholic Society of Foresters at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials can be made to Sacred Heart Church.
Mary was born Oct. 16, 1922, in Chicago, the daughter of John and Della Hughes Fennelly. She married John F. Lauer on Sept. 14, 1943. He preceded her in death on Aug. 15, 1992.
Mary was a member of Sacred Heart Church and Altar and Rosary Society; National Catholic Society of Foresters Sacred Heart Court 956; American Legion Post 246 Auxiliary; VFW Velie Post 2153 Auxiliary; where she was past president and trustee; Friends Circle Club; Svithiod Club, all of Moline; Moline Vikings; and St. Patrick's Society, where she was honored as Irish Mother of the Year in 1990. Mary enjoyed playing euchre and sharing time with her family. She was a die-hard Cubs fan, and Mary will always be known for her great sense of humor and love of life.
Survivors (and spouses) include her daughters, Mary Kay Breitmeyer, Moline, Patricia Lauer, Moline, Carol (Brian) Barlang, Rock Island, Debra Lauer, Rock Island, Teri Schoonover, Moline; sons, John (Jeri) Lauer, Rock Island, Bob (Cathi) Lauer, Moline, Mike Lauer, Moline; 20 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; sisters, Rita Wiegand, Galesburg, Rose Fennelly, Chicago, Josie Fennelly, Davenport; brothers, Tom Fennelly, Davenport, Bill Fennelly, Davenport, Kevin Fennelly, Moline, and Larry Fennelly, Davenport. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Anna Mae Fennelly, Peggy Kinsella, Catherine Strandlund and Patricia Fennelly; brothers, John Fennelly, Richard Fennelly and Jim Fennelly; sisters-in-law, Medora Fennelly and Barbara Fennelly; and brothers-in-law, Jim Wiegand and Jack Strandlund. May they rest in peace.
The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at Friendship Manor and Trinity Rock Island fourth floor and Trinity Pathway Hospice for their special care of Mary.
Condolences may be left at RaffertyFunerals.com.












 



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