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Mary Clare Toomey

September 24, 1922 April 9, 2016
Mary Clare Toomey
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Mary Clare Toomey, nee Howard, September 24, 1922- April 9, 2016. Beloved wife of 40 years to the late John D. “Jack” Toomey and loving mother of Marianne (Kenneth) Beausoleil, John (Pam Stringer), the late Margaret (John) Morgan, Jeanne (Michael) Devine, Norine Toomey, Mary Clare “Mimi” Toomey (the late David Bunoski) and Julianne (Terrence) Nash. Fond grandmother of Julian Beausoleil (Jill) and; Lucy (Whitney) Bolland and Molly Toomey; Julie Morgan (Jesus) Ramirez and the late Mary Claire Morgan; Alana and Julie Devine; and Jack and James Nash. Great-grandmother of Elle and Clara Beausoleil and Charlotte Bolland. Dear sister of Julian (the late Molly) and John (the late Anne) Howard and the late Anne Howard and Noreen (the late Fred) Weber; fond aunt of many.

Mary Clare was born in Lexington, KY to Norine and Julian Howard and was the oldest of five children. She attended the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington from 1939 – 1941, transferred to Mundelein College (now Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois) in 1941 and graduated in 1943. However, she remained a UK basketball fan throughout her life – go Big Blue!

She enlisted in the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service program (WAVES) during WWII. A large group of young women from surrounding counties in Kentucky also joined and the group was dubbed the “Blue Grass Platoon”. The spirit of volunteerism gained through her service to the country remained with her throughout her life. She was involved in many school activities, fundraisers and events through the years. By far, her favorite accomplishment was when she served as a member of the River Forest Library Board. It was during her tenure that the current library was built.

Mary Clare was an avid reader, a talented writer and a great story teller. Known for her humor, one was always pleased to be seated next to her at a dinner party.

She was a woman before her time and enjoyed a long life. We were lucky to call her our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, supporter, confidante and friend.

Visitation Tuesday, April 12, 3 to 8 p.m., at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park, IL. Private interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

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Visitation

Tuesday

12

Apr

3:00 PM 4/12/2016 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 4/12/2016 8:00:00 PM
Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home

203 South Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home
203 South Marion Street Oak Park 60302 IL
United States
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