SAVANNA—Mary Jo Tracey, 91, of Savanna, passed away Monday, May 16, 2022, at Resthave Nursing Home, in Morrison, surrounded by her six loving children
A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savanna. Visitation will take place prior to Mass from 9-10:30 a.m. in St. John's Antl Hall. Inurnment will take place at Rock Island National Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to share in Mary Jo's life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Mary Jo was born March 14, 1931, in Savanna, the daughter of Norman and Kathryn (McNamara) Kelsey. She graduated from Savanna High School with the class of 1949.
On May 19, 1951, she married John R. Tracey. Soon after their marriage, the young couple moved to Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, Calif., where John was stationed with the Marine Corps. When John was sent to serve in Korea, Mary Jo moved back to Savanna. Upon his return and honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, John and Mary Jo began their civilian life together. They would go on to have six children. She drove school bus for Ritchie Bus Service for 20 years.
Mary Jo was active with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and Savanna Women's Service Club. Mary Jo loved playing bridge and was so proud when she won tournaments. She loved sports. She was an avid Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs and Fighting Illini fan. But that didn't compare to her pride and support of her own children's sporting events, whether they were a participant or a coach. It would be impossible to count the number of sporting events she attended for her own children as well as her grandchildren.
Mary Jo was a great cook. She loved cooking for her big family, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Mary Jo was a one-of-a-kind matriarch who raised her children in a loving Catholic environment. She instilled a strong work ethic and family loyalty. Mary Jo will be deeply missed by her family.
Mary Jo is survived by four sons, Mike (Geri) Tracey of Moline, Pat (Barb) Tracey of Savanna, Tom (Rita) Tracey, of Princeton, and Dan (Stephanie) Tracey, of St. Charles; two daughters, Colleen McNinney, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Kelley (Joe) Bellich, of Thomson; 13 grandchildren; and 25 great- grandchildren, with two more on the way.
Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Kathryn; husband, John; three brothers, Milton (June), Bob (Paula) and Tom (Sylvia); and son-in-law, John McNinney.