Margaret “Maggie” Sue Irwin

CENTRALIA — Margaret “Maggie” Sue Irwin, 80, of Centralia, passed away Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

She was born October 14, 1939, in Pawnee, Illinois, the daughter of Charles “Matt” Blakley and Mary (Boarman) Blakley. She married Glenn L Irwin on August 27, 1960, and he preceded her in death in 2003.

Maggie is survived by two children: Blake Irwin of Clarksville, Tennessee and Valerie Kessler and husband Kendall of Ballwin, Missouri; five sisters: Jane Lederbrand of Pawnee, Illinois, Barbara Fawns of Athens, Illinois, Kathy Clemens of Athens, Illinois, Nancy King of Springfield, Illinois, and Lisa Madlinger and husband Kent of Lakewood, Illinois; ten grandchildren: Mary Brenna, Terence, Shannon, Catie, Blakley, Sam, Jim, Harris, Molly, and Chloe; seven great-grandchildren: Blake, Bradley, Lucas, Madison, Mae, Penelope and Taylor; and many nieces and nephews.

Maggie was preceded in death by her husband Glenn L Irwin, her parents: Charles and Mary Blakley, stepmother: Christina Blakley, daughter: Susan Monserret, brother: Richard Blakley, and daughter-in-law: Jamie Irwin.

Maggie graduated from Eastern Illinois University and worked at Kaskaskia College in Administration for 20 years before she retired. She enjoyed being part of bridge groups, traveling the world, and great food and drink. She was a member of Centralia P.E.O. and BPW Foundation women’s organizations and a Lady Elk. She was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church of Centralia where she served in the Altar Society. She will be dearly missed by her friends and family.

Maggie was preceded in death by her husband Glenn L Irwin, her parents: Charles and Mary Blakley, stepmother: Christina Blakley, daughter: Susan Monserret, brother: Richard Blakley, and daughter-in-law: Jamie Irwin.

Maggie graduated from Eastern Illinois University and worked at Kaskaskia College in Administration for 20 years before she retired. She enjoyed being part of bridge groups, traveling the world, and great food and drink. She was a member of Centralia P.E.O. and BPW Foundation women’s organizations and a Lady Elk. She was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church of Centralia where she served in the Altar Society. She will be dearly missed by her friends and family.

Funeral Mass for Maggie Irwin will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Centralia with Father Steven Pautler officiating. Due to COVID restrictions, seating is limited.

Friends and family are invited to join a Celebration of Maggie’s life open house between 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the Centralia House Restaurant.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Centralia P.E.O. and will be accepted at Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 235 North Sycamore Street Centralia, Illinois 62801, 618-532-3523, who is honored to be of service to the Irwin family.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting sutherlandfuneralhome.com and the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home Facebook page.