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Obits > 1997 - Mary Elizabeth (O'Neil) Hermes

Submitted by Melva L Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

May 22, 1997 - Thursday, pg. A2





Sterling: - Mary Elizabeth (Mrs. Hugh J. ) Hermes, 85, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 21, 1997, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling, Illinois.


Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 23, 1997, at the Grennan Funeral Home in Sterling, with a Rosary prayer service being held at 7:30 p.m.


On Saturday, May 24, 1997, the body will be taken to St. Mary's Church in Sterling, Illinois, where it will lie in state from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. when a Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated.  The Rev. Thomas E. Bales, pastor, will officiate and deliver the homily.  Concelebrating will be her nephew, Rev. Monsignor Daniel J. Hermes, Rev. Carlos Hofner and Rev. Francis P. McDonnell.  St. Mary's Sanctuary Choir will sing the liturgy.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico, Illinois at 1:30 p.m. 


A memorial has been established to St. Mary's School Building Fund.


Mary Elizabeth Hermes was born on February 12, 1912, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Burden) O'Neil.  After her mother's death when she was seven years old, she attended grade schools in Sterling, Walnut and Deer Grove. She was graduated from Community High School, Sterling, in 1930 and from Normal Teacher's College in DeKalb, Illinois.  She then taught in the elementary schools of Lee and Whiteside Counties.


On December 31, 1938, she married Hugh J. Hermes, who preceded her in death on July 14, 1996.  She was a member of St. Mary's Church, the Altar and Rosary Society and for many years served as an election judge in Whiteside County.


Survivors include four sons, Edward, James (Ann), Dixon, IL., Dr. Steve (Joan), Bourbonnais, IL., and William (Victoria), Knoxville, TN., and three daughters, LaRita Wright, River Forest, IL., Rosemary (Frank) Mason, Jacksonville, FL., and Jeanne (Peter) Warner, Marietta, GA., twenty-seven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, Hugh Robert, in infancy, her parents, three brothers, Howard, Gordon and Thomas O'Neil, and one sister, Ann Damon.


This is a paid obituary.

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