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Mary Ann Westerman

March 20, 1926 February 28, 2021
Mary Ann Westerman
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Mary Ann Westerman, age 94, passed away at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, IL on February 28, 2021. She was born on March 20, 1926 in Miamisburg, Ohio to Howard Owen Fry and Martha Elizabeth (Hughes) Fry. She married Ross Edward Crim on June 4, 1949. Later, she married John J.“Jack” Westerman, Jr. on August 1, 1959 in Dayton, Ohio.

A classically trained pianist, Mary Ann graduated with a B.A. in music from Miami University of Ohio in 1948. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. After graduation, she was host of the TV fashion show “Shopping with Cornelia” for Rike’s Department Store in Dayton, Ohio. She also worked for many years as a travel agent.

A devoted follower of Jesus Christ, she held leadership roles in various churches. She served as an elder, Sunday school teacher and piano accompanist for choirs in Dayton, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Hilton Head, SC, Atlanta, GA, and Mendota, IL. She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, IL.

She will be lovingly remembered as the matriarch of the family, and accompanist for Christmas caroling and show tune sing-alongs. She loved to entertain others with her classical favorites by Debussy, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff and even performed “Claire de Lune” at her 90th birthday party.

She is survived by her daughters: Melinda (David) Brown Schricker of Peoria, IL, Nanette (James) Roberts of York, ME, and Martha Westerman Porter-Fiszer of Chicago, IL; her grandchildren: Jeff (Amy) Foley, Chris (Carrie) Foley, Emily (Brian) Barry, Sarah (Jason Roberts) Brown, James “JR” Roberts, Meredith (Andrew) Couto, Jacob Porter and John Fiszer, and nine great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, her parents, her sister Martha Patricia Fry, brother Howard Hughes Fry and daughter Margret Ann (Westerman) Foley.

A private family memorial service will be held this summer.

Memorial contributions can be made to the following: Grace Presbyterian Church and OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at csmico.com

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