Mary Ellen Dugosh

Last Updated on April 11th, 2017

Written by Kendra Tillman

Mary Ellen Dugosh passed away in her sleep on Sunday, April 9, 2017, surrounded by her very dysfunctional family that she was very proud of.

Mary Ellen was renowned for her nearly decade-long cancer battle, her larger-than-life personality and unwavering faith. She was a great woman, mother and Nanni born on Nov. 18, 1946, the daughter of the late Russell and Nellie Bansch of DePue.

She will be remembered for her volunteer work, helping to raise many a child providing daycare in her home in Tiskilwa, and educational programs run promoting education about ovarian cancer and the corresponding battle for both patient and caregivers.

She will be sorely missed and survived by her husband, Barry Dugosh; her children, Greg (Lori) McCauley, Kelly (Joe) Eiken and Ellen (Felipe) Dugosh; and her grandchildren, Trent, Taylor, Reilly, Brycen, Ian, Olivia, Nora, Gabby, Morgan and Jack. She also leaves behind many friends, including her two Amigas, Lynne Webber and Vicky DeMay, who will have to carry on drinking the margaritas for themselves, as well as her dear friend and cancer warrior, Dr. Charles Levenback of MD Anderson.

All whom loved her dearly and will never forget her tenacity, wit, charm, grace, and undying love and caring for them.

She is preceded in death by her sister, Joann Reynolds, as well as other various family members.

A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the St. Louis Church in Princeton. A rosary service will be at 10 a.m. Internment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Tiskilwa, featuring a bag piper for the wee Irish lass. A luncheon will be provided in the St. Louis Church Hall after the burial and a Celebration of Life will be held in lieu of a wake at her home in Tiskilwa at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to St. Louis School in Princeton or to The BELIEVE Foundation, 1001 N. Main St. in Princeton.

The Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at