The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

December 28, 2012

Mary Lou Belander

Clinton Herald

SAVANNA, Ill. — June 23, 1933 - Dec. 27, 2012

Mary Lou Belander, age 79, of Savanna, passed into eternity Thursday, December 27, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Mount Carroll, Illinois.

A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 31, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church, Savanna, with the Reverend Sejoon Jang officiating.  Burial will be in the Savanna Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, December 30, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church, Savanna.  Memorials may be given in Mary's memory to the Savanna First United Methodist Church. Condolences and tributes may be shared with the family at

Mary was born June 23, 1933, in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of John and Bernice (Gundelfinger) Snodgrass. She attended Clinton schools. On June 19, 1951, Mary married Charles Belander Jr. in Little Rock, Arkansas. He passed into eternity on February 7, 1986. Mary and Charles are survived by nine children who remember well the younger years of camping, fishing and bike riding with Mom and Dad. Mary was a caring and giving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, always putting others first.  She used to save up for Christmas by doing extra work like running traps with her girlfriends early in the morning, her prize catch was a silver fox. “Mom could do it all.”

Mary worked over thirty years at the Savanna City Hospital as a CNA, then worked for the Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna for eleven years. She was a volunteer with the Savanna Ambulance Association and a member of the Savanna First United Methodist Church.

Mary will be dearly missed by her nine children, Charles (Debra) Belander III of Lemont, lllinois, Sally Marken of Savanna, Susan (Jeff) McIntyre of Savanna, John (Renee) Belander of Mount Carroll, Mary (Steve) Klein of Maquoketa, Iowa, Linda Belander of Savanna, Debra (Tony) Jackson of Savanna, Salinda Belander of Savanna and Joseph Belander of Savanna; sixteen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Willie Snodgrass of Clinton, Iowa; two sisters, Irene McDonnell of Davenport, Iowa, and Beverly McArdle of Clinton, Iowa.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband; a daughter in infancy, Mary Louise; a granddaughter, Jennifer Belander; and four brothers, John, Art, Wilbur and Floyd Snodgrass.

Death date: Dec. 27, 2012