Mary Monti, 76

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Ballet teacher, pediatric nurse 

Mary M. Monti (nee Stanford), 76, of Oak Park, formerly of Cicero and Berwyn, died on June 16, 2019. Born on April 24, 1943 in Washington D.C., she lived in several states before moving from Madison, Wisconsin to Chicago when she was in early high school. A professionally trained ballet dancer, she performed with the Illinois Ballet Company under Richard Ellis and Christine Du Boulay in the late 1950s and early 1960s. She taught dance in Evanston before opening her own dance studio in Cicero in the early '70s. 

After the death of her daughter, Mrs. Monti returned to school to become a registered nurse. She worked as a pediatric nurse for over 20 years at Loretto Hospital, the University of Illinois Pediatrics Clinic, and La Rabida Children's Hospital, all in Chicago. She loved antiquing, traveling the world with her husband, and was an avid reader and pet lover who enjoyed going to musicals, operas, orchestral, and dance performances. She was also active in two churches, St. Christopher's of Oak Park and St. Michael's of Berwyn, serving both parishes as a stewardship leader. 

Mary Monti was the wife of the late Joseph L. Monti for nearly 57 years; the mother of Joseph (Brenda), David (Brenda) and the late Amy Monti; grandmother of Isabel, Peter, Aaron and Alyssa; aunt of numerous nieces and nephews; and the godmother of Lyla Marie Rodriguez. She had one sister (Lyla), one half-sister (Eunice), two stepsisters (Karen and Jackie), and four stepbrothers (Allan, Curt, Steve, and Tom). She was preceded in death by her parents, Lyle and Eunice, and her stepmother, Virginia Stanford. 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 19, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Adolf Funeral Home, 2921 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn. The funeral will take place on Thursday, June 20 at 10 a.m. at Oak Park's St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 545 S. East Ave. Final resting place will be at St. Christopher Episcopal Church Columbarium. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago ( or the Southern Poverty Law Center ( Additional information is available at 708-484-4111 and


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Helen Vogel  

Posted: June 18th, 2019 3:16 PM

I did not know them, but it appears that Mary and Joseph died within 10 days of each other?! How difficult, yet peaceful (?) for the family. Love is amazing.

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