Mary McGlynn

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Mary Margaret McGlynn, nee Herr, 96, of Belleville, IL, born May 25, 1927, in Pontiac, IL, died Thursday, June 22, 2023, at her home surrounded by loved ones.

She was known to all as Margy. Margy attended school in Chatsworth, IL, where she was Valedictorian of her class. She graduated St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, in 1949 B.A. English, Cum Laude. It was there she met Robert (Bob) E. McGlynn. They got engaged at the Grotto on the campus of Notre Dame. They were married in 1951 at Notre Dame’s Sacred Heart Basilica.

Margy and Bob moved to Belleville, IL, after their wedding. There, they raised their nine children, and were blessed with 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Margy was a devout Roman Catholic. She made Catholic education a high priority for her family. All her children attended and graduated Catholic grade school, Catholic high schools, and Catholic colleges. Two attended Catholic law school. That is a combined total of 150 years of Catholic education. Her grandchildren have a combined 164 years of Catholic education.

She served as a Director of the Board of Althoff Catholic High School. She and Bob served as co-chairmen of the St. Mary’s College Parents Council. She also served as a Director on the Board of Catholic Social Services of Southern Illinois.

In 2004, she was elected a Delegate to the Republican National Convention held in New York City, NY.

Not only was she dedicated to Catholic schools, but she was also passionate about their sports teams, especially football. She was a great fan of Notre Dame football which she followed her entire life. She also loved Althoff, Queen of Peace, the Dayton Flyers, the Creighton Blue Jays and the Saint Louis University Billikens. She also loved the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues.

She has been an active member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Belleville since its formation in 1954.

To attempt to capture the extraordinary lifetime of Catholic witness and service of Margy McGlynn is impossible. Yet, because of her pleasant demeanor, her easy smile, her kindness and charity, all who met her knew she was uniquely special. And this is true of people of all ages and all walks of life. Through her generosity, love and talent, she created a wealth of good fortune and happiness. This immeasurable wealth has enriched countless lives over her 96 years, and will continue to bear fruit for generations to come.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen H. and Marrie, nee Ryan, Herr; her brother, Stephen F. (Barbara) Herr; her father-in-law, Robert E. McGlynn; her mother-in-law, Dorothy McGlynn (Noel) Spannagel; and two brothers-in-law, James B. McGlynn and Daniel F. McGlynn.

She is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Robert E. McGlynn; nine children, Robert (Kirsten) McGlynn of San Jose, CA, Mary Kathleen (Anthony) Maloney of Mishawaka, IN, Gregory (Mary) McGlynn of Monroe, LA, Margaret Mary (Mark) Harmon of Atlanta, GA, Michael (Claire) McGlynn of Belleville, IL, Dorothy (David) Rathgeber of Chicago, IL, Daniel (Denise) McGlynn of Belleville, IL, Hon. Stephen (Mary Anne) McGlynn of Belleville, IL, and Lawrence Linus McGlynn of Belleville, IL; 12 grandchildren who affectionately called her “Mimi”, Anthony Maloney of Houston, TX, Megan Maloney of South Bend, IN, Nicholas McGlynn of Houston, TX, Dr. Maura McGlynn (Dr. Nick) Setliff of Denver, CO, Dr. Margaret (Dr. Daniel) Reynolds of St. Louis, MO, Kathleen (Sia) Khaledi of Washington DC, Dr. Mary Claire McGlynn of St. Louis, MO, Madelyn McGlynn (Dr. Merritt) Coughlin-Smith of Oak Park, IL, Daniel (Haley) McGlynn of Northbrook, IL, Caitlin (Jon) Flikkema of Lakewood, OH, Patrick (Emma) McGlynn of St. Louis, MO, and Dorothy McGlynn of St. Louis, MO; 16 great- grandchildren, Eámonn, Xavier, Ronan, and Marianna McGlynn-Setliff, Marie Claire, Joseph, Patrick, and Rose Kathleen Reynolds, Clara and Maria McGlynn Khaledi, Olivia, Laurel and Declan Flikkema, Dean McGlynn, and Nora and Colin McGlynn; a sister-in-law, Marlene McGlynn-Drake, Ocala, FL; and five nephews and a niece, Thomas (Dorretta) Herr, Stephen Herr, John Herr, and Susanne Herr all of Bloomington, IL, and James C. McGlynn of Petersburg, IL.

Margys’ children and daughters-in-law pitched in to help attend to their mother’s needs. However, the family would like to give a special thanks to Dorothy Rathgeber who has attended to Margy tirelessly for the last few years and moved into the family’s home to stay with Mom. Because of her, Margy had a constant companion, constant love, and constant care. Because of Dorothy, Margy did not have to experience a single day of strangers in a strange place for any of her needs. The family would also like to give special thanks to Mary Rita Benson-Pinkleman for her thoughtful companionship to Mom, and to the wonderful nurses and staff of Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish or the Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 1, 2023, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. A Serra Club ritual will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the church.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 1, 2023, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. Jack McEvilly officiating.

Private burial will be at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


17 Comments on Mary McGlynn

David Read said : Guest Report Aug 15, 2023 at 2:29 PM

Dear McGlynn family, I just learned of the loss of your dear mother and I am so sorry. Margie was such a class act and as a frequent visitor to the McGlynn house and being a good friend of Dan and Steve, I got to witness her kindness and great qualities growing up. Margie was a stalwart in the Catholic circles in Belleville and beyond. My mother, Marilyn always said Margie McGlynn was a Saint! Condolences to all the McGlynns.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kris Haines said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2023 at 9:44 PM

Mrs McGlynn was the kindest person I have known. She was so good to me in the short time that I had the honor to know her. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to her husband Mr Robert McGlynn, her children and the extended family. I know you loved her dearly and god bless her Kris Haines

  • Chicago
  • Illinois
Lisa Hoelscher Gaal said : Guest Report Jul 09, 2023 at 4:43 PM

My condolences to the entire McGlynn family. My sympathy and prayers are with all of you at your time of need. I would of been there at the funeral but I did not see it in the paper in time to attend the funeral. She was always nice to our family. My Mom also sends her Condolences. She will be missed by everyone. Lisa Hoelscher Gaal and Vernon Gaal and Matilda Hoelscher

  • Maryville
  • IL
Abby Martin Ercoline said : Guest Report Jul 01, 2023 at 11:24 AM

Our deepest sympathy and prayers to the entire family. She was like another mother, and a huge part of my childhood. Her smile and personality were warm and welcoming. Hugs and prayers to all. Abby and Marty

  • Mesa
  • AZ
Greg Beabout said : Guest Report Jun 30, 2023 at 6:15 PM

To all the McGlynns - Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. What a wonderful life. I have so many great memories of watching football games with Margy and so many of you ,,, Althoff, ND, Rams (in the day). She had a way of making us feel welcome. I hope St Peter is as hospitable with her as she was with everyone she encountered.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Laura Bender said : Guest Report Jun 30, 2023 at 4:08 PM

Dear uncle Bob and all my cousins and all their kids and grandkids, Your mom was sweet and strong and I remember her with fondness. Her picture shows that same smile I remember from long ago. You continue to be in my prayers during this time. I’m sorry for your loss and also happy for my dear aunt Margy who, as Mike so aptly put, is now with the angels. Laura Bender

  • Bend
  • OR
David P Bender c/o Laura Bender said : Guest Report Jun 30, 2023 at 3:54 PM

I have fond memories of Margy. She was such a kind and wonderful person. Isn’t it something that, by the grace of God, she and Louise Jane are roommates again? DPB, Sr of Ojai, CA

  • Ojai
  • CA
Ellen Dauber said : Guest Report Jun 29, 2023 at 11:22 PM

My deepest sympathy to the McGlynn family for your loss.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jane G. Bonaldi said : Guest Report Jun 29, 2023 at 10:58 AM

I knew Margy through our affiliation with Lawyers Wives. I LOVED HER!! What a loss to all of us…..she was a DEAR!!! JGB

  • Belleville
  • IL
Chuck & Debbie (Miller) Schumacher said : Guest Report Jun 28, 2023 at 6:41 PM

Our deepest sympathy to the entire McGlynn family. She will be remembered for her wonderful smile and gentle demeanor. She was a pillar to her family & to the Queen of Peace family. May she rest in peace.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Dorothy Feder said : Guest Report Jun 28, 2023 at 10:53 AM

We will miss Margy. She was a great gal, With Sympathy, Dorothy Feder

  • Belleville
  • IL
Richard & Sandy Schumacher said : Guest Report Jun 27, 2023 at 3:42 PM

One of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet, and, a wonderful neighbor. She is forever in our hearts. Rest well, Margy.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Jun 27, 2023 at 10:13 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Your mother was a wonderful humanitarian and loved life. She is a new angel in God’s Garden. Always kind to everyone!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Todd Fizer said : Guest Report Jun 25, 2023 at 5:00 PM

My prayers and condolences to all the McGlynn family. She was a wonderful, wife, friend, mom, grandma, and great grandma. Don't know if I ever saw her without her having a smile, always warm and welcoming to her home. She will be missed, but not forgotten. She influenced many lives in very good ways, God Bless.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Margaret Lowery said : Guest Report Jun 24, 2023 at 9:23 PM

My condolences to the entire McGlynn family to the most beautiful wife and mother. The only person who ever called me “Marty” was my father. I learned later it was out of such respect for Mrs. McGlynn.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jane (Poelker) & Al Goepfert said : Guest Report Jun 24, 2023 at 4:51 PM

Al and I are so very sorry for your loss. Your mother was a lovely, classy lady.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Cathy Maloney-Hills said : Guest Report Jun 23, 2023 at 10:43 PM

My sympathy and prayers are with all of you. We celebrate her amazing 96 years. What a beautiful, devout Catholic woman whose legacy of faith and love lives on in each of you.

  • Bloomington
  • MN

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