In 2014 Jennie C. Mariner provided a generous estate gift to help fund costs associated with construction of Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. Jennie was born in Joliet and always proud of her Joliet heritage. She was a very giving person and if you were a friend, you were a friend for life. Jennie often chose to remain anonymous in her generosity.
Jennie was the first woman elected to the Silver Cross Hospital Board of Directors. She also volunteered as a member of the Silver Cross Hospital Advisory Board in the Encore Shop and served as President of Childerguild.
Jennie used her boundless energy in voluntary service to Silver Cross Hospital because she thought it was a good use of her time. In addition to her volunteer service to Silver Cross Hospital, Jennie was President of the Joliet Women of Rotary, a member of Madera Canyon DAR, the Colonial Dames and a deaconess and elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Joliet. Jennie was married to George Mariner and together they owned the Rainbo Bakery in Joliet.
Jennie’s legacy of service will be forever honored through the healing mission of Silver Cross Hospital.