OSF President, Sister Diane Marie McGrew, dies after lengthy battle with cancer

The company said she battled ovarian and uterine cancers for five years. (Photo courtesy: File)


PEORIA – After a lengthy battle with cancer, OSF HealthCare announced their president of 18 years, Sister Diane Marie McGrew, died Sunday.

Sister Diane Marie joined The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in 1988. She was appointed president of OSF HealthCare in 2006. The company said she battled ovarian and uterine cancers for five years.

Her dedication, leadership and unwavering commitment to the Mission of OSF HealthCare have left an indelible mark on the organization, the healthcare giant said in a news release.

“Her leadership has guided us through numerous challenges and successes, while adhering to the OSF Vision of embracing God’s great gift of life, we are one OSF Ministry transforming health care to improve the lives of those we serve,” said Bob Sehring, the company’s CEO. “At the forefront of everything she did was the Sisters’ Mission to serve persons with the greatest care and love in a community that celebrates the gift of life.”

Beyond her role as president, Sister Diane Marie’s service extended to various pivotal positions within the Congregation and the Ministry. She was elected to the Governing Board of the Congregation and assumed the office of treasurer in 2000, demonstrating her financial stewardship and commitment to the Congregation’s Mission.

Additionally, her longstanding presence on the boards of OSF HealthCare, OSF HealthCare Foundation and OSF Saint Francis, Inc., exemplified her deep-rooted dedication to the advancement of the OSF Ministry and its philanthropic efforts.

“As we mourn the loss of Sister Diane Marie, let us also celebrate her life and the profound impact she has had on OSF HealthCare and the communities we serve. Let us honor her memory by rededicating ourselves to the Mission and provide exceptional health care with love and dignity,” said Sister Judith Ann Duvall, who chairs the boards for OSF HealthCare and Major Superior.

Visitation for Sister Diane Marie will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 at the Motherhouse, located at 1175 St. Francis Lane, East Peoria.

That will be followed by the rosary at 7 p.m. Her funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12 with burial in the cemetery on the Motherhouse grounds following Mass.

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