Christopher Edward Mau, age 54, of Elgin, passed away on April 17, 2021. He was born September 20, 1966 in Evanston, IL to his loving parents, R. Charles Mau and Maren J. Olson.

Christopher graduated from Deerfield High School, and earned a full ride NCAA football scholarship to Drake University.

He and his wife, Kathleen, married in 2007. He was a loving and devoted husband, and they owned and operated the Blue Box Cafe in Elgin together until her death in February, 2021.

Christopher enjoyed sports, was a “foodie,” and was into all things Doctor Who and the Nerd Culture. He also dabbled in theatre and podcasting. Loved ones will remember him as hard working, generous, and community minded. He was a gentle giant!

Christopher was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Kenney-Mau. He is survived by his parents, Maren J. Olson and R. Charles (Donna) Mau; mother-in-law, Marlene Kenney; sister, Jennifer Mau-Beljaeff; brother-in-law, Brian (Michelle) Kenney; aunt, Mary Ann Greuel; uncle, Donald H. Mau; cousins, Jamie Mau and Don Mau; nieces and nephews, Stella (Charles) Laurent, Max Beljaeff, Greta Mau, Cole Kenney, and Megan Kenney; and Angus the dog and Fiona the cat.

Visitation will be 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time. Face masks are required to enter the facility.

A private funeral service will be 11:00am, Friday, April 23, 2021 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 256 E. Chicago Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Rev. Dr. Jesse F. Tanner will be officiating, and Rev. Dan Spike will be doing the eulogy.  The funeral service will be live-streamed on the church’s YouTube channel.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Christopher’s name to The American Melanoma Foundation or the Fur Keeps Animal Rescue.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

5 Replies to “Christopher Edward Mau”

  1. Our deepest sympathy Maren and family

  2. We didn’t know Chris and Kathleen for long as we were new to the community, but they were indeed welcoming, friendly, and gracious. Always a smile and Chris was for sure the owner behind the counter. The Blue Box is an amazing tribute to his inner “foodie” and the “Nerd Culture” they adored. We will miss them both now, so very much. Our deepest sympathies to their families, friends, employee “children”, and the entire Elgin Community. May they rest in the arms of our Lord, Amen. Sincerely, Healthcare Plus, Elgin Team

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones. Stay strong, Jen and family.💟

  4. I am speechless, he is back with The love of his life. We here will miss them dearly. God needed angels and he couldn’t have made a better selection.

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