Mary Agnes Lewis

  • Born: December 17, 1924
  • Died: January 20, 2014
  • Location: Springfield, Illinois

Lincoln Land Cremation Society

917 S. 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Tel. (217) 523-4646

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary A. Lewis, 89, of Springfield, died at 2:05 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014 at St. John's Hospital Hospice.

Mary was born December 17, 1924 in Springfield, the daughter of Ralph and Elizabeth Scheppman May.

Mary graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and worked as an Administrative Assistant for Barber Coleman for 38 years. She was a founding member of Church of the Little Flower. She was also a member of Christ the King Parish, a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Lake Club, a member of the Cachet Club of Springfield, WIC (Women in Construction), several ladies golf leagues, Ski club, and a longtime volunteer at Memorial Medical Center. Mary enjoyed playing golf, bridge, shopping, playing the violin and piano, travelling; and most importantly doing activities with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ralph "Bud" May; sister, Dorothy Best; and ex-husband, Robert Lewis.

She is survived by her five daughters, Carole (husband, Joe) Dell' Aquila of Stamford, CT, Nancy (husband, Bruce) Janusweski of Springfield, Barbara (Richard Olivo) Lewis of Boston, MA, Terri (husband, Kevin) Heid of Bloomington, and Debby Lewis of Springfield; seven grandchildren, Richard (wife, Morgan) Dell' Aquila of Stamford, CT, David Dell' Aquila of New York, NY, Julie Janusweski of Springfield, Matthew (fiancé, Kari Liebert) and Elizabeth Heid, both of Bloomington, Chris (wife, Kayla) Heid of Dayton, OH, and Andrew Olivo of Boston, MA; one great-grandchild, Ava Dell' Aquila; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Cremation was accorded by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

Memorial Gathering and Mass: Family will host a memorial gathering from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Christ the King Parish, 1930 Barberry Dr., Springfield with Rev. Joseph Ring, celebrant.

Burial will be held at a later date at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. John's Hospice, 800 E. Carpenter, Springfield, IL 62794 or the Cachet Club of Springfield, c/o Nini Saner, 5404 Deerwood Lake, Springfield, IL 62703.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Good neighbors are hard to come by and from the day we moved in Mary was there to welcome us to the neighborhood. She would ask about my dad who was homebound and always complimented me on the way I kept our front yard. When my mom turned 80 Mary called to welcome her to the 80s.
God Love Ya Mary, you will be missed.

Posted by Holly Hansen - Springfield, IL - Next Door Neighbor   January 30, 2014


Debby & Family, I send you my strength and prayers at this difficult time. Having met your mother several times and getting to know her, I know she was a kind, friendly woman who was very active and enjoyed spending time with all of her family. She will be missed by all who knew her and I know this is a tremendous loss for you. If you need anything, please call. I am here for you and your family.

Posted by Diana Rogers - Chatham, IL - Friend of Debby's   January 27, 2014

Have been a friend of Mary's since I joined Cache Club. We enjoyed many conversations about life. She was a great pinochle player. Will miss her very much. Mary was one of the nicest people that I have met. Blessings on her soul and blessings to the family.

Posted by Barb Woodcock - Springfield, IL - Cache friend   January 23, 2014

Remember Mary as very nice mother, as I dated her daughter Carole during my high school years. My sympathy for your loss.

Posted by John Wiesenmeyer - Springfield, MO - Friend   January 22, 2014

My sincere sympathy and condolences to the family of Mary.
Mary was a delightful person to be around with. she was sincere,very friendly and always had a happy positive attitude . I knew Mary through the Cachet Club and was most welcoming when I first joined the Club.
She will be greatly missed . I am happy to say that Mary was voted to be an honorary member of Cachet at the last meeting in January.
Rest in Peace Mary , may the Angels lead you to paradise.

Posted by Nini Saner - Springfield, IL - Friend   January 22, 2014

Sincere condolences from my husband and myself to all of Mary's family. I have known Mary for over 30 years, through the Cachet Club and Little Flower Church. And years before that, Barb & Terry babysat my children, Derek & Kristin Marsden. Coincidently, several years later my family moved to Lakewind Acres subdivision and we became neighbors. Mary was a beautiful, lovely, lady and so very proud of her family, of whom she spoke so often. I will always have very fond memories of this exceptional woman.

Judy Matson

Posted by Judy Matson - Springfield, IL - friend   January 22, 2014


Mary was such a beautiful person! I remember Mary from Little Flower Church, but got to know her through the Cachet Club. Mary always delighted the first Thursday pinochle group with stories about her family and often had a joke or two to share with us. Several years ago my husband and I joined a couples pinochle group that included Mary. Kent delighted in teasing Mary about her pinochle rules and they developed a special friendship also. Throughout her illness, Mary was very stoic. What an inspiration she has been in my life! We'll miss her! Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mary's family.

Posted by Nancy Siders - Springfield, IL - Friend   January 22, 2014