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Mary Bernadette O'Toole
February 11, 1938
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Mary Bernadette O’Toole, 82, a long-time resident of San Francisco and recently of Burr Ridge, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 17, 2020. She was dearly loved by her children Cynthia (Michael) Buskmiller, Kristine Busk, Stephen (Jennifer) Busk, Karen (Dennis) Fitzsimons and James (Jennifer) Busk, as well as her nineteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. Born February 11, 1938, to the late Thomas and Margaret O’Toole, she grew up in a loving family with six sisters, Kathleen Connelly, Sheila Harmon, Colleen Lafayette, Bonnie Garvey, Nancy Angel and the late Peggy Smith. In 1956, she was a member of the first graduating class from Mercy High School. She worked for the San Francisco Seals and Giants and, as an employee of IBM, Mary was valued for her ability with numbers. Talented in many crafts, she crocheted lovely blankets and created hand-painted ornaments for her family and friends. Time with her beautiful sisters was precious to Mary. In recent years she was happy to live near them in Sonoma, California. Mary considered dogs one of God’s greatest creations. A proud San Franciscan, she enjoyed greeting her neighbors on her daily walks along Clement Street. A private funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 26th at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) at Christ the King Catholic Church, in South Bend, Indiana. A Live Stream Webcast of the Visitation, Rosary & Funeral Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (see links below). A Celebration of Life is being planned for the Fall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to theCornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation.