Mary Lou Foran


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Mary Lou Foran, nee Bell, 77, of Mascoutah, IL, born December 13, 1942, in Belleville, IL, died Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at her residence

Mrs. Foran previously worked as the general manager of Dollar General in Mascoutah, IL. She was a former member of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ order and was a cottage mother at Angel Guardian Orphanage in Chicago, IL. Mary Lou formerly served as Sacristan at Holy Childhood Catholic Church in Mascoutah. She was a member of the Swansea Women of the Moose Lodge #53.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Edward G. Foran, whom she married on March 23, 1974, and who died on December 11, 2006; her parents, Aloysius F. and Estelle L., nee Robert, Bell; a brother, Frank Degenhardt; a sister, Ruth Ann Siebert; and a sister-in-law, Betty Ann (Tom) Ganey.

Surviving are four sons, Alan (Jaclyn) Foran of Belleville, IL, Christopher Foran and dear friend Jillian Shadden of Belleville, IL, Gary (Kari) Foran of Fayetteville, IL, and Keith Foran of Belleville, IL;
11 grandchildren, Brittney, Johnathan, Logan, Zack, Killian, Kara, Krystan, Garytt, Zoe, Joey, and Jaiden;
two sisters, Gloria Miller of Swansea, IL, and Sister Shirley Bell P.H.J.C.;
two sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen Partelow of Belleville, IL, and Alice (Larry) Kopp of St. Louis, MO;
a brother-in-law, Leroy Siebert;
and nieces and nephews.

Special thanks are extended to Karen Sebastiao for all her love and support.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, private visitation and funeral services will be held Friday, June 19, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be held at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


4 Comments on Mary Lou Foran

Charlie O'Donnell said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 5:44 AM

Just found this on the web, and my heart goes out to Mary Lou's family and Sister Shirley Bell. With much sadness, and love for you beloved mother and sister I am so sorry that life is so short and pray that I will have the pleasure of her company on my passing. I have been Blessed having Mary Lou in my early years and into my adult life. I grew up in Angel Guardian and she was then known as (aka Sister Emmanuel) and like other religious PHJC's was an example of how to love God no matter what, she was Awesome and taught us well and I found that the most conforting to me was her path with God on a daily basis, she honestly like so many other Poor Handmaids made and walked in Mother Mary Kasper's footsteps. As does your dear aunt Sister Shirley. If I was able to speak with her one last time, as with many of our departed nuns, that I have known I would thank her and tell her and them how much I appreciated them and how to this day I do carry so many of our sisters in my heart daily. Thank you Sister Emmanuel, Sister Mary Lou Mary Lou Forem nee Bell. I love you and appreciated your love for all the guys in cottage 26. Sister Shirley Bell, please kindly thank all our wonderful and saintly women who like you are truly Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Love Charlie O'Donnell

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  • South Carolina
Peggy (Robert) Dickey said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2020 at 6:41 PM

Mary Lou was the very best cousin a girl could ever have,. She was sweet, kind, and a gentle girl. Heaven has been waiting for her all this time. Symphony to her sons and sisters Gloria and Sister Shirley. With Love, Peggy

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Cheryl Gerfen-Linder said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2020 at 3:22 PM

I was a neighbor to Mary Lou, but besides that I worked with her at Freeburg care Center. She was a sweet lady and a fast worker she worked very hard, I have missed her as a neighbor, but my heart go's out to her Loving family and also my neighbor who's her son and daughter in law and children she will be missed.

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  • Illinois
nancy rensing said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2020 at 8:41 AM

I worked with Mary Lou at Mascoutah Dollar General. She was a great role model and I admired how she knew everyone by name. I pray that you all feel God's comfort during this season of grieving.

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  • IL

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