Mary Kay Lynch, Infant Welfare Society and Nineteenth Century volunteer

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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.

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Kimberly from River Forest  

Posted: June 17th, 2012 7:39 PM

Mary Kay was a lovely, faithful woman who could be found so often in the pews of St. Catherine-St. Lucy church while her husband Tom served us as a cantor and member of the choir. Their dedication to each other was so inspiring. Condolences to the whole Lynch family on your loss.

RC  

Posted: June 11th, 2012 3:18 PM

My condolences to Tom and his family.

Roseann Forschner from Milwaukee,WI  

Posted: June 9th, 2012 9:19 AM

Mary Kay MaryKay you were my cherished sister My best friend. A loving and dear woman To all you touched. Your laughter delighted You were a giver of joy. Your listening ear Blessed us with strength. Your last words to me were, "I love you very much, be strong." dear Mary Kay,you cared for me as a child. Now it is my turn to be strong for you. No one can take your place in my heart. I will be searching the skies for your gentle Italian love and your smiling Irish eyes. Love,Roseann

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