Mary Ellen Peffer

  • Born: May 31, 1956
  • Died: July 19, 2019
  • Location: Sugar Grove, Illinois

Healy Chapel

370 Division Dr
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Tel. (630) 466-1330

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary Ellen Peffer, 63, of Sugar Grove, died on Friday July 19, 2019 at Delnor Community Hospital after a long relationship with Multiple Myeloma. She was born in Aurora, IL on May 31, 1956 to Richard and Joan Haen (Miller). Mary Ellen attended St. Rita grade school and Rosary High School. She worked at Ace Hardware in Aurora and the family business, Luigi's Pizza. After having her three children, she graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Aurora University with a Master of Arts in Teaching. She taught in the West Aurora School District for 25 years in numerous schools including Schneider, Smith, Nicholson, Goodwin, Lincoln, Hall, Greenman, Freeman and Fearn. Mary Ellen loved teaching, especially her last 8 years in the gifted program, and was sad to have to retire early.

Mary Ellen loved her family and was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren. Her fondest memories were times spent with them and her husband. She is survived by her husband, Ronald C. Peffer; her parents Richard and Joan Haen; her children, Julie (David) Kramer, Matthew (Victoria) Poss, William (Holly) Poss and Kara Peffer. She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren, Nora and Benjamin Kramer, Gwendolyn, Wyatt, Natalie, Abigail and Kane Poss and baby Michael Diaz; her brothers Edward (Kathy) Haen, Richard (Julie) Haen and Stanley (Heidi) Haen; her Aunts, Mary (Larry) Clegg and Janie Miller; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends and her dog Tully.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Gregory Poss, her mother-in-law Pat Peffer, her Uncle/Godfather Jerome Miller and her dogs Mona, Buffy and Cecil.

Mary Ellen loved life, nature, dogs, and travel. Her philosophy was, "I'll sleep when I'm dead." (Thanks to Warren Zevon.) She would like everyone to be happy and remember her as a person who loved life and had a smile for everyone.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Funeral Mass will be held Monday, July 29, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 8S 055 Dugan Rd., Sugar Grove, IL 60554, where she enjoyed singing in the choir. Thank you to all the friends and family who helped and to Loyola University Medical Center for their excellent care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia Research Foundation at, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at, Living Well Cancer Center or any charity of your choice. Mary Ellen would like to thank you for your kindness and for remembering what matters, LOVE. For further information on services please call (630) 466-1330 or visit the website at www.healychapel,com to sign the online guestbook.

For further information on services please call (630) 466-1330 or visit the website at www.healychapel,com to sign the online guestbook.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Ron, I am deeply sorry to hear about Mary Ellen. You are on the top of my prayer list. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. God bless.

Posted by Kim Peoples - Romeoville, IL - Coworker   July 29, 2019

Mary went through a long battle & she is resting now. Our deepest sympathies.
Chuck & Chris Pike

Posted by Chuck Pike - Aurora, IL   July 29, 2019

May God give you peace and hope as you celebrate and remember Mary Ellen's Life. Mary Ellen shared her expertise, love of learning, and fun for life with the students, parents, and staff of Goodwin School. Matt and Bill in 5th grade at Goodwin and Julie and Jody tennis partners at West High are part of the memories in our hearts. We pray for this beautiful family that the love they share continue the story.

Posted by Ruth Solomon - North Aurora, IL - Teacher   July 28, 2019


For the family of Mary Ellen. May your beautiful memories remain in your hearts and your sorrow gently fade away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Especially Dick, Joan, Stan, Heidi and the Haen Family. Our Deepest Sympathy. Philip and Nancy Talbot, Sugar Grove Il.

Posted by Nancy Talbot - Sugar Grove, IL - Friend   July 26, 2019

Ron, I know how much she meant to you and I cannot begin to feel what you are feeling. You are a great friend and I just want to say how sorry I am for your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. My deepest condolence and love. From Germaine Gomez

Posted by Germaine Gomez - Lemont, IL - Coworker   July 26, 2019

Rest in peace Mary. To the family I would like to say I am sorry for your loss.

Posted by Craig Keith - Bloomingdale, IL - Coworker   July 26, 2019


Only love and fond memories to fill your heart. Our condolences from my family to yours.

Posted by Yolanda Cawthon - Downers Grove, IL - Coworker   July 26, 2019

Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Posted by Kristin Morgan - Minooka, IL   July 26, 2019

Ron, God bless you and your family. Mary and Bill Cwiklinski

Posted by Mary Cwiklinski - Lake Geneva, WI   July 26, 2019


Posted by Rusty & Mary Sullivan - Aurora, IL - Family Friend   July 24, 2019


God Bless you Mary Ellen. You will truly be missed.

Posted by Joanie Boldan - Aurora, IL - Friend   July 24, 2019


I was so sorry to hear of Mary Ellen's passing. We had many good times when we were classroom neighbors at Schneider and again at Nicholson. My deepest sympathy to Ron and the rest of her family but also celebrating her life and all the joy she brought to this world.

Posted by Veronica Radowicz - Burlington, WI - Friend   July 24, 2019

As a fellow teacher and one of Lisa's favorite teacher, Mary Ellen will continue to live in our memories forever. Our deepest sympathy to all of Mary Ellen's family and friends.

Posted by Eva Balek - Aurora, IL - Friend   July 23, 2019

My deepest sympathies to the family.

Posted by Laura Barton - Aurora, IL - Family Friend   July 23, 2019


I am extremely sorry to hear about your loss. accept my deepest sympathy and condolence, May your daughter rest in peace. God bless her.

Posted by mina mohammadi - north aurora, IL - Friend   July 23, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Ron and to Mary Ellen's family.

Posted by Dave Bemis - Sugar Grove, IL - Family Friend   July 23, 2019

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