Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Maryann Westhoff

Maryann M. Westhoff died April 14, 2018 at the age of 90 in her new home in Salinas CA where she moved in June, 2017 to be closer to family.

Maryann Westhoff | Hansen-Spear Funeral HomeMaryann was born on October 25, 1927 in St. Louis, MO. She was the youngest of two children, born to Henry S. and Aurelia A. Miller. On November 24th, 1950, she married the love of her life, John L. Westhoff, in St. Louis, MO. They were married for 65 happy years.  He preceded her in death on January 16, 2016.

Growing up in St. Louis, Maryann graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1943. She attended Washington University and the University of Missouri, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 1948. Maryann began her teaching career in Quincy where she taught kindergarten and first grade at Madison, Jefferson, and Jackson Schools. She started working in the Head Start Program in 1965, where she was a social worker and teacher. In 1978, Maryann became Director of Head Start and served as director of the program until her retirement in 1988.

Maryann was very active in many areas of life in Quincy. She served as a member of the Library Board of Trustees for sixteen years and as president from 1985-1991. She was a volunteer and president of the Women’s Board at Blessing Hospital, a member and past president of the Atlantis Study Group, and a member of the Salvation Army Board and past president. She was instrumental on advisory boards in the creation of the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Maryann also served on the Quincy Preservation Committee and as chairman on the Quincy University Polis organization. She fueled her lifelong interest in children by teaching Sunday School at the First Union Congregational Church long after retirement.

Maryann enjoyed tennis, knitting, and bridge. She was an avid reader, and most of all, her friends and family remember she was a devoted and talented tap dancer, performing well into her seventies. She was a member of the First Union Congregational Church and the Quincy Country Club.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her father, Henry, her mother, Aurelia, brother, Donald, sister-in-law, Nancy Miller, mother and father-in-law, Joseph and Mildred Westhoff, and great niece, Jenna (Miller) Fox.

Maryann is survived by daughter, Ann Sorvino, her husband, Skip, daughter, Amy Bonano, her husband, Kenneth, four grandchildren-Sofia (Ben) and Vic (Megan) Sorvino, Dr. John (Adelina) Bonano and Francesca (Connor) Farotte, two great-grand-daughters, Lola Sorvino Sherwood and Charlotte May Farotte, and three nieces and their families–all who loved her deeply and are missing her already.

Services: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at First Union Congregational Church with Rev. Chuck Hetzler officiating. The family invites everyone to join them in celebration of Maryann with a light brunch immediately following in the basement banquet room in the church.

Visitation: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at First Union Congregational Church.

Burial: Private burial at Greenmount Cemetery.

Memorials: First Union Congregational Church or the Salvation Army Hometown Endowment.


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

  1. Ann and family,
    No loss is felt more than that of a daughter’s mother. Your mom did so much to provide a great life for her family. Bless you, your family and your mother. What a wonderful long life she had with you.
    Gods grace to you all, Lisa Musolino-Scholz

  2. The Meyer family sends our sympathy on the loss of your mother. Mary Ann and Jack were such wonderful friends to our parents, Dick and Marian Meyer. They enjoyed movies, dinners, and many events over the years. They shared such memories and we will always treasure their friendship.

  3. Maryann was such a blessing to my sister and myself. We were rhe twins that tap danced with her in our tap class. We loved Maryann and her beautiful smile and disposition. She was so kind. We know that you will enjoy all your memories of her as we will. Jo Lynn and Jo Anne

  4. I also danced with this lovely lady. Never before or since have I seen a lady of any age look as stunning in a leotard and tights. What a classy lady.

  5. I was so saddened to hear of Maryann’s passing. There are people that come and go in your life but Maryann left an impression that won’t be forgotten. She was a wonderful person and I am happy that I had the opportunity to know her.

  6. This saddens my heart to hear of her passing.This woman was a heart of gold to many.I first met her 30+ yrs ago at my childrens Head Start schooling on Maine st. She was just a wonderful lady to all

  7. Ann, Amy and family, please accept my sincere condolences. Your mom will be missed by many.

  8. This is such sad news, but what a legacy Jack and Maryann left. 2 wonderful daughters and their families and many friends, all with special memories that will comfort us now. The best. Neighbors. Ever! Godspeed Maryann💗

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