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Susan D. O'Donnell

1/7/1945 - 10/3/2018

PEORIA ~ Susan Dentino O'Donnell, 73, passed away at 11:48 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, after a valiant battle with cancer, with family at her side.

Visitation will be from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday October 6, 2018, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Peoria.  Father Thomas Taylor will celebrate a memorial Mass at the Church at 1:00 p.m.

Sue was born on January 7, 1945 in Peoria, the daughter of Michael and Arnita (Barto) Dentino. She married Robert J. O'Donnell on August 17, 1968, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Peoria.  Bob and Sue just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner with their grandchildren.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Mike and Pat Dentino, and sister Dianna Basso.  She is survived by her husband Bob, sister Grace Kelly and brothers Mauro and Verne Dentino, and her children, Philip (Mary) O'Donnell of Peoria, Maureen (James) DeBritz of Bethesda, Maryland, and Katie (Kevin) Wahl of West Peoria.  Sue cherished every moment she spent with her eight grandchildren, Colleen, Caroline, Patrick and Kevin O'Donnell, and Cecilia, Dominic, Anthony and Christopher DeBritz, who will miss her dearly. 

Sue attended St. Mark Grade School and the Academy of Our Lady High School.  She graduated in 1966 from Bradley University with her Bachelor's degree in Education.  She obtained her Master's degrees while raising her family and teaching elementary school.  Sue started the kindergarten program at St. Thomas School in Peoria Heights, and later taught at Bartonville, Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Grade Schools. After retirement, she was a reading buddy with Katie's students at Hines Primary and volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul Grade School.   

Sue devoted her life to Bob and their children and grandchildren, and the grade school students she taught over three decades. Her grandkids loved Nona's arts and crafts projects, as she always had new and creative activities for them. Nona loved her travels to the East Coast with Bob to visit the DeBritz crew. She enjoyed gardening, reading, her book club, and the days spent outdoors with Bob fishing.

Memorials may be made in Sue's name to the Dream Center, Sophia's Kitchen or Catholic Charities of Peoria.  The family greatly appreciates the compassionate care that Sue received from the wonderful staff at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

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