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Mary E. Denis

Mary E. Denis 85 of Peru. Died June 9, 2020 in her home. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the Funeral mass will be private at St Valentine Church Saturday June 13, 2020. Rev Jeffrey Small will officiate. Cremation rites have been accorded. Ptak Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Mary was born August 28,1934 in Peru to Frank and Antoinette (Byczynski) Dondelinger. She married Richard “Dick” Denis July 6,1957 in St Mark’s Church in Peoria. Mary worked at Westclox, Montgomery Wards, News Tribune and later owned and operated IV Sign Design for many years. Mary was also a Mary Kay Consultant for many years. Mary was a member of St Valentine Church, past member of Spring Creek Golf Course and was past President of the Woman’s Golf Association of Spring Creek. Mary kept an immaculate home, loved cooking and baking sweets. She also loved her roses and gardening. Mary is survived by her husband Richard of Peru, 2 sons Rich (Mary Jane) Denis of Spring Valley and Bill (Liz) Denis of Peru. 1 daughter Gail (Don) Orsini of Peru. Her Grandchildren Ashley (Nick) Spanos, Dan Denis, Katie Orsini, Jackie Orsini, Cortney Denis, Ryne Denis, and Rowan Hampel. Her great Grandchildren Mia Spanos and Piper Spanos. Mary was preceded in death by 3 brothers Bill, Bob and Joe Dondelinger. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Cops for Cancer Charity.

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My heart is breaking for the entire Denis family with the news of Mary's passing. I remember her fondly as "Billie Joe's mom." I spent a lot of my childhood in her house and she was a very kind and loving woman. She ran a tight ship but would make me tacos without beans and would let me and Billie Joe make peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches for lunch. Her smile and laughter were wonderful.

Sonia Eick Burgess Jun 12 2020 6:45 PM

My earliest memories of family include Dick and Mary. Always a constant presence whose sense of family was very strong. I know my mom is talking her ear off up in heaven this week. She was one of her favorites. Much respect to Dick and the entire family. -Tom Hornstein

Tom Hornstein Jun 12 2020 2:39 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Denis

marilyn Braida Jun 12 2020 12:03 PM

Thank you so much dear friends! Love you guys! Rich, MJ, Dan, Ashley, Nick, Mia & Piper

Rich and Mary Jane Denis Family Jun 11 2020 1:35 PM

We are thinking of you and sending lots of love. You have our deepest sympathy. Mike, Robin and Brock

Robin Jindrich Cecil Jun 11 2020 10:51 AM

We were so blessed to have had Mary as our mother, mother-in-law, grandmother & great grandmother for so many years. We shared so many wonderful holidays & good times together along the way. She is now at rest & at peace and reunited with her parents & all those who went before her. We will always love & miss you. Rich, Mary Jane, Dan, Ashley, Nick, Mia and Piper.

Rich and Mary Jane Denis Family Jun 11 2020 10:50 AM