Mary E. (Chaponis) Bowe

Published on Thursday, 31 December 2020 18:09


Mary E. Bowe, 101, passed away on Dec. 24, 2020, at her home in Ottawa, Ill.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Saint Mary Cemetery in New Britain.

Mary was born on March 25, 1919, in New Britain to Joseph and Mary (Babinskas) Chaponis. She lived through the Great Depression, graduated from New Britain High School, and directed a Lithuanian choral group. Mary became a sound engineer at WTIC radio in Hartford, providing sound effects for several radio shows that her future husband wrote, announced, and produced. She married George W. Bowe on March 15, 1947, in Kingston, N.Y. She later became a banker, rising to vice president at Conn. National Bank. After retirement and the loss of her husband, she moved to Ottawa, and volunteered at Community Hospital of Ottawa, devoting more than 5,000 hours in the gift shop and as treasurer of CHO Auxiliary benefits. She was a member of St. Columba Church. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother as well as a UConn Womens Basketball Team super fan!

She is survived by two daughters, Debby (Michael) Reagan, of Ottawa, and Sheila Sitomer, of Boston, Mass.; stepdaughter Maureen Vosburgh of Santa Fe, N.M.; four grandchildren, Terry (Jaime) Reagan, of Kennewick, Wash., Dan (Emilie) Reagan, of Durham, N.H., Margaret (Jacob) Jeffries, of Carmel, Ind., and Hayden Sitomer, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and eight great-grandchildren, Lilly, William, Connor, Margaret Ryan, Catherine, and Sophie Reagan, and Finnegan and Maxwell Jeffries. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George, and a sister, Virginia Chaponis.

Memorials may be directed to OSF St. Elizabeth Auxiliary ( ), Ottawa YMCA ( ), or the Illinois Valley PADS (

You may sign the online guestbook and share remembrances at . Mueller Funeral Home and Crematory, 800 First Avenue, Ottawa, IL 61350, 815-434-4433.

Posted in New Britain Herald, on Thursday, 31 December 2020 18:09. Updated: Thursday, 31 December 2020 18:12.