Yearly, Interfaith Action of Evanston (IAE) recognizes Vision Keeper nominees from Evanston congregations, synagogues and mosques at a benefit dinner. “Vision Keepers” are persons with outreach sensibilities and efforts within the parish and beyond it. (Interfaith Action of Evanston sponsors Soup Kitchens, Overnight Facilities, Breakfast, Hospitality Center, and Job Seeking Counseling.) St. Athanasius parish, in turn, is grateful for Toni Maloney's recognition as parish Vision Keeper for 2015.
She keeps the Vision while raising spirits. Currently her spirit reaches out to the needy through her dedicated service in the Parish St. Vincent DePaul Society Ministry, which focuses on feeding, clothing, housing, and healing persons who have nowhere else to turn. She also reaches out at Evanston Hospital as a minister of communion. (Toni was an employee in the Hospital Surgical Unit for 19 years.)
Her history at Three Crowns Park began when it was still “Swedish Retirement Association”. Among other visibilities at Three Crowns, she’s currently a volunteer Companion to assisted-living residents on excursions--at Evanston’s doorstep (Mitchell Native American Museum and Curt’s Cafe) and beyond (the Christmas display at Cuneo Estate and Millennium Park). With inclusive vision, Toni was part of a group that initiated the parish Religious Education program for children in public school. She taught in the program for many years.
Toni attended St. A’s School, and she and her husband Bill were married at St. A’s. They raised four boys. Bill died in 1998. Her daughter-in-law Laura is now St. A’s School Librarian. “Toni”s buoyant spirit keeps tempers at bay” said a parishioner, “and communication happens.”