Mary Ann "Bootsie" SinovicMarch 4, 1938 ~ June 23, 2021 (age 83)
Mary Ann “Bootsie” Sinovic, was born March 4, 1938, in East St. Louis, IL, and passed away peacefully from this earth on June 23, 2021, surrounded by her family and returned to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a devoted and beloved mother of eight children, twenty-six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Bootsie was the matriarch of the Sinovic family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John, and Rose Bauer, who were immigrants from Austria, and were raised in East St. Louis, IL. She is also preceded by her son, Joe Sinovic; and two grandsons, Alex James “A.J.” Berreman and George Walter Rauth.
Bootsie leaves behind her children, Linda (George) Rauth, Diana “Dide” (Jeff) Derrington, Mary Ann “Mimi” (Tim) Moore, James “Jimbo” (Conni) Sinovic, Christina Sinovic, John Sinovic, and Thomas “Tommy” (Tarah) Sinovic; many grandchildren: Anna, Jeremy, Matt, Tim, Deanna, Lindsey, Kristen, Lauren, Thomas, Jackson, Jada, Arty, Jacob, Jennifer, Jay, Caitlin, Molly, Sean, Megan, Max, Bella, Jillian, Addison, and Brooke and great-grandchildren: Attila, Michael, Nathan, Thomas, Rex, and Lily.
She was a high school graduate of St. Teresa Academy sixty-five years ago. When she was young, Bootsie was employed at Obear-Nester Glass Co. She then stayed at home with her children. Years later, she was a cleaning lady for many families. Also, she began her employment with the St. Clair County Courthouse, Circuit Clerk’s Office dedicating over twenty years of service as the small claims clerk working for several judges.
Bootsie was a devout Catholic and a long-standing member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Fairview Heights, IL, that later became Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
In her 83 years of life, she shared her wisdom, kindness, and laughter to those special in her heart and anyone who passed her way. She was always understanding of others’ troubles, hardships, sorrows, and tragedies as she knew those same difficulties in her own life, and those of her children and grandchildren. Bootsie always lent an ear for those who just needed to talk. You would always find her in her kitchen with a pot of coffee brewing. A lot of discussions were done in her kitchen, or on her front porch stoop. She was a master at cooking breaded pork chops. Bootsie took pride in her appearance and keeping a clean house. She kept companies that made Clorox, Windex, Pine-Sol, Pledge, and Resolve carpet cleaner in business for many years.
Even with the diagnosis of chronic heart conditions, brain and lung cancer; her final days were spent reminiscing and sharing memories and stories with her sisters, children, and grandchildren, with much laughter wafting throughout the house.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
A memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. James Nall officiating.
Interment of her cremated remains will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, IL.
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