Mary Kay Lynch, a longtime Oak Park resident, died in her home on May 25, 2012. She was a member of St. Catherine-St. Lucy Parish for more than a half-century and a volunteer for a number of years with the Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society and the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association.
Rev. John Carolan, pastor emeritus of St. Catherine-St. Lucy Church, noted that Mrs. Lynch "had an ever-present smile throughout her illness. She never complained and was the embodiment of a well-meaning and kind person."
"Mary Kay was a gracious lady with class," said longtime family friend Chris Davis. "She had a formidable faith, which was demonstrated by her love of family and her thoughtful concern for others. She was a trusted individual and a careful listener, a true friend."
Another longtime family friend, Laura Stokes-Gray said that Mrs. Lynch "led an exemplary life and taught us, in her quietly effective way, how to move through life with graciousness, civility and elegance."
John Troelstrup remarked, "At Mary Kay's funeral, we heard the three words most associated with her: grace, dignity, and class. In the years of our friendship, I watched and felt these loving qualities shared with all around her."
Mary Kay Lynch is survived by her husband, Tom, her six children, seven grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Services have been held.