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Margery A. Harvey

d. August 3, 2018

Margery Harvey, age 78, of Sherman, passed away on Friday, August 3, 2018 at Villa Health Care East in Sherman, IL.

She was born April 10, 1940 in Blackstone, IL, the daughter of Bernard and Margaret Reed Ricca.

Margery is survived by one daughter, Theresa (Steve) Radke of Hastings, MN; one son, Joe (Kim) Harvey of Dayton, OH; two grandchildren, Veronica Radke and Sophia Harvey; three sisters, Shirley Kelly of Washington, IL, Bernie (Frank) Dalla Riva of Edwardsville and Mary Ellen Ricca of Wenona, IL, as well as several nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband Darrell.

Margery married Darrell Harvey in 1963.

She worked for several years as an Administrative Assistant for the State of Illinois.

Margery was a member of St. John Vianney Church in Sherman.

Cremation rites will be accorded.

Visitation will be held at St. Vianney Catholic Church at 8:30 AM on Saturday August 18, 2018. A funeral mass will follow at 9:30 AM with Fr. George Nellikunnel officiating.

Burial will be held at Wolfe Creek Cemetery near Sherman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Villa East Healthcare or St. John Vianney Church.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home will be assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Theresa
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family, we loved our little Marge. I was the secretary at SJV and would go visit your parents and enjoyed your dads bean soup and playing with the dogs.

    Peace be with your family
    Nanette Sorrell

  2. My Aunt Margie was a wonderful woman! I remember being a little girl and even when I was little, I found her to be so engaging. She was funny and laughed at my jokes and silly ways. Aunt Margie, just like most Italians, took her food and cooking very serious. She was still telling the story 35 years later of how I thought my Aunt Margie’s homemade chicken and noodles were better than my Grandma Rose’s because they were not lumpy! Aunt Margie was even telling the story of how I cried over getting an ugly baby porcelain doll for Christmas! These are the moments that Aunt Margie treasured and these are the stories that kept joy in her heart. I am sure I am not the only family member that she recycled stories of for years and years! Aunt Margie was such a devout Catholic and I always admired her for her dedication and strength of faith! One of the qualities that Aunt Margie possessed that I was to bring to the forefront, is her tolerance and loyalty. In life we hit peaks and valleys, but the valleys seem to be the times that we try to forget, without acknowledging that it is through those valley that our true character is formed and our faith is tested. I am proud of my Aunt Margie for being a strong woman and not being afraid to voice her opinion, even when it might not have been popular. I will miss Aunt Margie dearly! I so enjoyed the conversations we had, particularly in the last year. Aunt Margie shared her heart with me on several occasions and I will cherish those moments. Her words of wisdom will truly last until we meet again! With that said, I cannot help but encourage everyone to say the Peace Prayer by St. Francis of Assisi, as that was her favorite. Please know that when you say that prayer she is reciting right along with you! Rest in Peace, Aunt Margie, you certainly deserve that and please give my mother a hug for me! I will love you eternally, Aunt Margie Harvey!! My deepest sympathies are with the Harvey and Ricca families as you mourn the loss of a tiny, but mighty woman! May all of the angels and saints surround you with comfort in the weeks and months ahead. Most Sincerely Yours, Jolene Whisler

  3. Theresa and Joe, Your mom was a wonderful lady. I will always remember our days working together in the House of Representatives. She was a lady who loved her family. I know the last two years have been difficult for her and her family. Rest in peace, Marge.

  4. Theresa and Joe,
    I loved Marge. I am grateful that I had the change to meet her and spend time with her and I am grateful that I meant both of you and have become friends. I miss her wonderful smile. Very neat lady.

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