Mary Coughlin-Lancaste, 62

Awakenings Project board member

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Mary Coughlin-Lancaste, 62, a former Oak Park resident, died on Dec. 21, 2017.

Known to family and friends as "Carmel," she was a graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School and Barat College.

She was a longtime employee of the DuPage County Health Department and a dedicated board member of the Awakenings Project.

Ms. Coughlin-Lancaste is survived by her husband, Eugene; her daughters, Kelly and Eileen; her grandchildren, Luke and Laura; her siblings, Nancy Wohlrab, Jim (Jane), Tom (Maryann), Steve (Kay), Brian (Gina) and Phil (Carolyn); and her many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be conducted on Jan. 27 at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton from noon until 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Awakening Project, a non-profit organization that promotes artistic opportunities for persons with psychiatric disorders. More information is available at 708-386-4568. 

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Irene Lamb O'Neill from West Chicago  

Posted: January 27th, 2018 5:21 PM

Most. Beautiful. Person. I ever knew. Mary (or her alter ego Carmel) was so sweet, warm, wonderful, and so brave. I will forever keep her in my heart as a friend, colleague, person with the biggest heart I ever knew, and a role model. She gave so much love to so many people and she got much love in return. Her beautiful family was also very kind and welcoming to me and to all the Awakenings artists. We thank her for her boundless generosity. Rest in peace.

Charlotte Crowe from Tipperary Ireland  

Posted: January 25th, 2018 2:27 PM

My Sincere sympathies to all my Coughlan / Coughlan relatives on the death of Mary. Sad times and much too young. You are all in my thoughts and prayers x

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