Anne Canapary

Anne Kerigan Canapary, 94, a longtime resident of Oak Park and River Forest, died on Aug. 10, 2022. Born in Brooklyn, New York on Aug. 4, 1928, she attended St. John’s University in New York where she earned a degree in Liberal Arts.

She and her husband Bob came to the Chicago area in 1955, where they raised five children and celebrated 65 years of marriage.

A true Renaissance woman, she was an avid learner, teacher, mentor, artist, calligrapher, bibliophile, and Francophile. She also had a great love for all creatures great and small and often visited the shelter in Oak Park to comfort the animals.

She taught Great Books and French to grade school students and continued to be a mentor for many years to follow. She had an early interest in the French language and was fluent by the age of 20. Her love of French culture and history was always a huge part of her life.

She enjoyed her travels to China, Turkey, Lichtenstein, and Iceland, among many others, but her favorite place was France where she blended in perfectly. She was honored to give travel advice to anyone visiting the country.

She had an extraordinary number of books on a wide range of topics and used them to find answers to questions about a myriad of subjects — no need for the internet. Her interests and outgoing nature led to many life-long friendships. Letter writing is a lost art, but she had multiple correspondents all over the world. The recipients always knew it was from her when they saw the beautiful envelope with her signature calligraphy.

She became an expert on WWI because her father was a lieutenant in the war and he often spoke of his experiences. She visited the battlefields in France and saw the village in which he was billeted.

Anne was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her son, Richard; and her grandson, Lucas. She is survived by her children, Mary Anne, Sue (Mike), Jim (Linda), and Joanne (Greg); her grandchildren, Brock (Kara), Heather (Catherine), Jenny (Dave), Jackie (Charlie), Bob (Beth), Karen, and Sean (Katie); her great-grandchildren, Joey, Madison, Annabelle, Clare, Maggie Jo, Evelyn and Micah, with one more on the way.

Visitation will be held on Aug. 27, 2022 at St. Luke Church, 7600 Lake St., River Forest from 10 a.m. until Mass at 11 a.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to the Animal Care League of Oak Park ( or Infant Welfare Society (

Arrangements were handled by Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home.

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