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