Rose Sierra Ramos

Rose B. Ramos

5/8/1928 – 1/27/2017

PEKIN ~ Rose Benita Ramos, 88, of Pekin, passed away at 1:59 a.m. Friday, January 27, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria surrounded by her loving family at her side.

Rose was born on May 8, 1928, in Silvis, IL the daughter of Angel Gomez and Pauline Mary (Hernandez) Sierra. She married Angel A. Ramos on May 8, 1954, in Silvis. He preceded her in death on March 7, 1986 after 31 years of marriage. She was also preceded  in death by her parents, Angel on January 7, 1944 and Pauline on January 8, 1979 and 15 siblings.

She is survived by her 10 children, Angela (Doug) Shull of Morton; John (Chrisann) Ramos of Aurora; Pauline (Bill) Lively of Pekin; Isabelle DeToye of Pekin; Daniel (Karen) Ramos of Pekin; Edward Ramos of Pekin; George (LaNae) Ramos of Eldridge, IA; David Ramos of Independence, MO; Mary (Steve) Darnell of Muscatine, IA; and Ramon (Theresa) Ramos of Pekin. Also surviving are her 3 stepchildren. Lonnie (Annie) Ramos of Upper Marlboro, MD; Rosemary (Denny) Patterson of Marquette Heights; and Sue Smith of North Port, FL.

Rose is also survived by 34 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren with 1 baby girl due on Feb 2. Also surviving are 21 step-grandchildren; 13 step-great grandchildren; and 7 step-great great grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Gordon of Peoria and one brother, Savino Sierra of Peoria.

Rose was born in a boxcar in Silvis. (During the late 1920’s, railroads recruited workers from different countries and the people of Mexican descent who worked for the Rock Island Railroad Line settled in the small town called Silvis. In order to maintain the railroads, it was a necessity the workers lived near by. Official’s set aside plots of land so boxcars could be provided to serve as homes for the families. Most of these families were large.  The idea of survival was imperative in the minds of these residents, so much that those hardships strengthened the resolve of their children to seek a better life for their families.  For more information on the contributions these Americans made see “Hero Street U.S.A.”)

Her parents then moved their children to Peoria, IL. She attended St. Boniface School and Church (now St. Ann) through her childhood years. She attended the Academy of Our Lady until she became ill with tuberculosis. She went back to receive her GED in 1977.

Rose was a woman of faith. She was a devout Catholic and attended St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pekin where she attended Mass daily, recited the rosary, and prayed every day. She loved to sing and was a church cantor in the choir. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.

She always gave words of encouragement and would tell uplifting stories. She would offer words of wisdom. She always said,  “Pray to God. He is always there for you. He will never leave you even if you think He is not with you. Just hold His hand and do not let go.” Her family always came first after God.

She was a loving wife and mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother. As a homemaker, she made the best Mexican foods and tortillas. Rose was involved with her children’s activities. She was a Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout den leader. She always attended their sports activities.  In her later years, she loved attending her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities.  She received the St Joseph Church Mother of the Year Award in 1977.

Her hobbies were of crocheting and cross stitch. Even though she did not drive, she would walk miles to get where she needed to go. She enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren and their children. As she was beginning to be confined in her home, she enjoyed watching her favorite TV shows such as I Love Lucy, Golden Girls, The Walton’s, Little House on the Prairie, Walker-Texas Ranger, and Blue Bloods as she was proud to be the mother of a police officer.

Rose will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by all who knew and loved her especially her family. Her legacy of praying and helping others will live on through her family.

The family of Rose would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff of OSF St. Francis Medical Center for taking care of our Mom and for Deacon Vargas praying with her in her native language of Spanish.

Her funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, February 3, 2017 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Peoria. Father Angel Sierra will be the celebrant. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin with recitation of the Rosary at 7:45 p.m. Additional visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorials contributions may be made by donor’s choice to Dementia/Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter, 612 W. Glen Ave. Peoria, IL 61614  or to the Pekin Salvation Army, 243 Derby St., Pekin, IL 61554.

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