Catherine B. (Reilly) McCann
Catherine B. (Reilly) McCann of Springfield died at 1:09 am, Friday, May 11, 2018 at Life’s Journey Senior Living in Taylorville. She was born August 1, 1931 in Ridgewood, NY along with her twin brother, John to Michael and Catherine (Byrd) Reilly. She married John K. McCann on January 24, 1952 in Ridgewood, NY and moved to Gillespie, IL (John’s hometown).
She came to live in Springfield, IL in May of 1958 and lived in the same house for 54 years. She moved to Mill Creek Alzheimer’s Care Center in Springfield in February of 2012 then moved to Life’s Journey Senior Living formerly Gowin Parc in Taylorville in May of 2015.
She was employed by State of Illinois Department of Revenue of over 25 years retiring in September 2000.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John on October 25, 2002 and youngest son, Michael “Mike” of February 20, 2011. She was also preceded in death by five of her brothers, Andrew, James, John, Joseph and Patrick Reilly and by her sister, Theresa Higgins.
She is survived by her four children, Catherine (husband, Dennis) Elston of Springfield, IL, John (wife, Janice) McCann of Loami, IL, James (wife, Kelly) McCann of Chatham, IL Mary (husband, Dr. John) Leyendecker of Dallas, TX; daughter-in-law, Christine McCann; ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, Jason McCann of Springfield, IL, Aaron (wife, Cassandra) Elston and their four children, Cameron, Braylon, Juliana & Gavin of Acworth, GA, Jennifer McCann (husband, Michael) Rubert and their two children, Clay and Carly of New Berlin, IL, Kammey McCann and her son, Ruaridh Forkan of Chatham, IL, Ian McCann of Springfield, IL, Michael Leyendecker of Dallas, TX, Bridget Leyendecker of Dallas, TX, Devin McCann of Springfield, IL, Carsen McCann of Springfield, IL and Brennan Skaggs of Springfield, IL.
She is also survived by one sister, Vera Madden of Naperville, IL; one brother, Peter (wife, Clara) Reilly of St. Petersburg, FL and numerous nieces & nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She was always taking care of someone – her husband, children, grandchildren, neighbors, nieces, nephews or even complete strangers who were always treated as family.
She was nana or nanny to her grandchildren but her oldest great grandson call her Great MaMa.
The family would like to thank the staff of Life’s Journey Senior Living in Taylorville for the loving care that they provided to Catherine in the last three years. They truly treated her as if she was their mother or grandmother.
All the staff were a blessing to the family and we are so grateful that Catherine lived her final years there.
Visitation: 10:30 am – 12:15 pm, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Church of the Little Flower.
Funeral Mass: 12:30 pm, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Church of the Little Flower with Reverend Allen Kemme officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.