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Catherine Alacoque Traynor


September 4, 1921 – September 6, 2021

Catherine Alacoque Traynor, 100, of Taylorville, passed away at 10:00 p.m. on Monday, September 6, 2021 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

Alacoque was born September 4, 1921 in Litchfield, the daughter of the late Oscar and Agnes (Cooney) Smith. She married Stuart J. Traynor on October 30, 1942, in Columbia, Ill. He preceded her in death on December 10, 2008.

Alacoque graduated from Gillespie High School in 1939, worked as a secretary and then teacher for the Gillespie school district.  She spent most of her adult life as a homemaker, but when her children were raised, she worked for Ferry, Zimmers, and Smith Dental Office until her retirement. Alacoque was a devoted member to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where she was active in the Catholic Daughters of America. Other interests included St. Vincent Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Taylorville Women’s Business Association, and the Taylorville Home Tours. She was an accomplished seamstress, and her embroidery was remarkable. Alacoque enjoyed being outdoors, vacationing in Michigan, and in her youth, she especially loved water skiing. Above all, Alacoque was devoted to her family.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Ann Witsman; daughter-in-law, Sallie Traynor; and brother, William Smith.

Alacoque is survived by her children, Stuart J. (wife, Barbara) Traynor, Jr. of Taylorville, Lance Traynor of Taylorville, Mary Jane (husband, Ernest) Dryer of Annapolis, MD, Patrick (wife, Denise) Traynor of St. Louis, Mo., and Michael Traynor of Taylorville; 11 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation & Funeral Mass: The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, September 13, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W. Adams St., Taylorville, Ill. 62568, with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz as celebrant.

Interment will follow the mass at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Mary’s Catholic School, 422 S. Washington St., Taylorville, Ill. 62568

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, Ill. 62568 with ceremonies.

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