Mary  Terronez

Obituary of Mary Terronez


ROCK FALLS-- Mary Zephrina Sierra Terronez, 87, of Rock Falls died Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Community General Hospital, Sterling, Il., surrounded by her loving family. She was employed by General Electric, Morrison, Ill. on the Gaurdet line until she retired.

     Mary was born on August 26th, 1930 in Galesburg, Illinois, the daughter of Thomasa Garcia Galvan and Casimiro Sierra. She married Manuel Ramirez (Rocky) Terronez of Silvis, Il. on October 30th, 1950 in Davenport, Iowa.

     Mary was known in the Rock Falls/Sterling area as: “The friendly Lady who walked across the bridge every day (for decades).” Mary helped many people in her days of life through spiritualism, benevolence and in any way that she could to those in need. Mary was a devout member of her faith and St. Andrews Church, Rock Falls. Mary adored her very large family, loved dancing, music, family and church events, cooking, gardening and of course, walking. And if she could have it her way, Christmas would be all year round.

     Mary is survived by a daughter, Victoria Terronez Houston of Rock Falls, Il., her sons; Victor (Chris)Terronez of Sterling, Il. & Joe (Debbie) Terronez of Moline, Il. Her sisters; Pauline (Pep) Sandoval of Moline, Il & Julia (Raymond) Cervantez of Galesburg, Il. Her grandchildren; Rijeh Garnett, Regis Garnett. Malaika Terronez Houston, Antonio Hicks, Lucas Terronez, Tom (Brooke) Terronez, Stuart (Jody) Terronez, Jon Terronez, James Terronez, Dan Terronez, Rocky (Shelly) Terronez, Justin Terronez, Matthew Bieth, Wayne (Rocio) Terronez, Danielle (Alfredo) Mabini, Crista (Joe) Herebia, Damon (Brandy) Terronez & Andrea Luevano, a host of many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, & special friends who were like family to her.

     She was preceded in death by her husband Manuel, sons Jerry & Tom, daughter Susan, granddaughter Alicia, grandsons Winfred & Anthony, parents Thomasa & Lalo, sisters Rafaela, Patsy, Lucy & Juanita and her brother George.

     Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM Saturday, May 12, 2018 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Rock Falls, with Reverend Richard Russo, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be held from 6-8 Friday, May 11, 2018 at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, with rosary recited at 7:45 PM.

    Arrangements were completed by the Schilling Funeral Home and Cremation, Sterling.

     In Honor of our Mother Mary, you may wish to make an honorary donation on her behalf to the “Michael J. Fox Foundation” for Parkinson’s Disease which she struggled with for years.