Born: November 28, 1949 - Deceased: January 8, 2021
Mary Wigginton, nee Samoska, 71, of Belleville, IL, born Monday, November 28, 1949 in East Saint Louis, IL, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021, at her residence.
Mary was a retired paralegal for Kolker Law Firm. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Belleville, IL.
Many folks will remember Mary as a devout Catholic and avid Cardinals fan. She was a fixture on West Main Street, where she could either be found walking (and listening to the Cardinals game) or attending service at Blessed Sacrament.
She was involved in her community with Junior Service Club, Althoff Mother’s Club, Blessed Sacrament PTO, and much more.
More importantly, though, at the core of Mary’s being was Family. She was a dedicated Matriarch, who was at the heart of communication between her 4 siblings, 3 children, and 12 nieces and nephews. As the clan grew with spouses and children, Mary’s Thanksgiving dinner often topped 50 people. Thanksgiving preparations included weeks of balancing cooking, cleaning and work at Kolker Law firm- which Mary executed flawlessly.
Over the past few years, Mary’s family grew to include a small village of caretakers to whom her family will be eternally grateful. We’ll always appreciate Family Hospice, our Caregiver Alberta, Gizzie, and all the friends who tirelessly supported her through this journey. The unconditional love, meals, and primping while watching Hallmark movies and soap operas added warmth and dignity to her final days.
She was preceded in death by her:
- Parents: George and Anne, nee Homza, Samoska
Surviving are her:
- Husband: Roger C. Wigginton of Belleville, IL
- Christopher (Marlene) Wigginton of Troy, IL
- Beth (Nick) Gladson of Belleville, IL
- Angie (Paul) Lyngso of Chicago, IL
- George (Kathleen) Samoska of St. Louis, MO
- Dennis (Karen) Samoska of Houston, TX
- Carol (Arnold) Henke of Worden, IL
- Dianne (Alan) Throm of Troy, IL
- Sister-in-law: Laura (Ed) Simunich of Belleville, IL
- Seven Grandchildren
- Gabe Wigginton
- Jake Wigginton
- Daniel Wigginton
- Gavin Gladson
- Chase Gladson
- Lars Lyngso
- Leif Lyngso
- Loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews
Memorials: Memorials may be made to Family Hospice, Blessed Sacrament School, or Althoff Catholic High School.
Visitation: Visitation will be held from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Covid restrictions will be followed, masks required, and social distancing.
Please be respectful of time and do not linger so others may pay their respects to the family.
Services: Due to Covid restrictions, a memorial mass and celebration of life will be held at a later date.