Dorothy Sweeney

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

Dorothy M. Sweeney, 91, of Washington, formerly of East Peoria, died at 3:02 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2009, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Dec. 8, 1917, in East Peoria to Perry and Jenny Wallace Arnold, she married William Sweeney March 28, 1937, in East Peoria. He died April 4, 1998, in East Peoria.

Also preceding her in death are one sister, Evelyn Birdsall; two sons, Gerald L. Sweeney and Robert L. Sweeney; one daughter, Shirley J. Jacobs; and one granddaughter.

Surviving are her sister, Mary Lou (Ronald) Guth of Eureka; three daughters-in-law, Sue M. Sweeney and Karen Sweeney Thrush, both of Washington, and Laura Sweeney of Peoria; nine grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and two step great-great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the Rebekahs, and also was a member of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church in East Peoria.

Service will be at 10 a.m. today at Deiters Funeral Home in Washington. Visitation was Tuesday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria.

Memorials may be made to Washington Christian Village.

Her memorial Web site is available at, where condolences may be sent to the family.