Kathleen Elizabeth Mau (née Kenney), age 51, of Elgin, passed away on February 11, 2021. She was born February 6, 1970 in Parkridge, IL to her loving parents, Stanley and Marlene Kenney (née Malone).

Kathleen graduated from Lake Forest College in 1992. She worked at Sears in various management positions for over 25 years until 2014. She owned and managed the Blue Box Café in Elgin, IL until the time of her death.

She was married to her husband, Chris, for 13 wonderful years. She and her husband had a Nerd side, and they loved to attend Comic Conventions and events together. She also loved exploring and traveling to new places, especially to try their cuisine, and enjoyed the sun and the sea.

Kathleen was a very loving, caring, and supportive person. She lit up the room with her smile and laugh. She was a tireless worker and one of the most genuine and caring people. She always looked for ways to help those in need, whether it was a young person at church, a homeless person on the street, an animal in distress, or just any animal! She loved animals and there was not a stray she did not help, or a dog she would not pet.

Kathleen continuously assisted those less fortunate in Elgin, and also served as a mentor and leader of the Youth and Young Adult Mission at First Congregational Church of Elgin. Kathleen touched so many lives with her positive attitude and her love of life.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her father, Stanley Kenney. She is survived by her husband, Christopher Mau; fur babies, Angus and Fiona; mother, Marlene Kenney; brother, Brian (Michelle Kinnun) Kenney; nephew, Cole; niece, Megan; aunt, Patt Malone; and uncles, Steve Malone, Robert (Donna) Malone, and Dennis (Virginia) Malone.

Visitation will be 5:00pm to 9:00 pm, Thursday, February 18, 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.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via Zoom.us (Meeting ID: 936 4738 6166, Password: 671300).

Funeral service will be 11:00am, Friday, February 19, 2021 at First Congregational Church of Elgin, 256 E. Chicago Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Rev. Dr. Jesse F. Tanner will be officiating.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Kathleen’s name to Fur Keeps Animal Rescue.

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

12 Replies to “Kathleen Elizabeth Mau”

  1. Was never as close to her as I would have liked but she made me and my guests feel like family every time we visited the Cafe. A more gracious and loving woman would be hard to find. So very sorry for your loss….

  2. Your smile, laugh and bright light will continue to shine on in all of us who were honored to know you. A life too short but very well lived.
    Our deepest sympathy to Chris and their families and so so many friends who were touched by her grace and love. Rest in peace.
    In sadness & love, Jan & Wendy

  3. I moved onto Geneva Street this past June and met Kathleen as she was walking Angus. I was struck by her friendliness and positive energy. She would allow me to massage Angus as I lost a senior dog with arthritic issues. Just a few weeks ago I was out front talking with her and acknowledging Angus. We lost a good one as I”m still in shock, we are the same age. My condolences to her family and I hope to see Angus again soon. Kathleen laughed when I asked him if anyone calls him “Angee”. She responded “uh No”. RIP Kathleen.

  4. Dear Family,
    I was so sorry to learn of Kathleen’s passing. My Family has been Members of FCC for 5 Generations, and always Volenteered to help the Church become a better place for all the Members and with in the Community. I also was a member the Youth Group back in the 70’s and a Sunday School Teacher too.
    When I was Married, several Church Members and the Minister Dean and Roma Del Remple and Choir Directer Charlo Bowle even sang, along with several church family members joined us.
    My Family and I send all of you our deepest sympathy in this very hard time in deed.
    Please remember the Funny and Great Times, that will help you get thru the hard day’s.
    This help us get thru loosing our older Sister Kathryn Rystrom-Reed at such a young age.

    Susan Rystrom-Neel

  5. Kathleen was a bright light to so many. Her kindness, joy and intuition is already
    missed by many… particularly, Chris, Marlene and Brian. ❤️❤️❤️Rest peacefully, dear K.

  6. Such a great loss. Kathleen had a warm and inviting personality and treated you as if you were a longtime friend. Our sympathies to Christopher and family. Wishing you comfort and peace.

  7. Kathleen was an exceptional person. She was caring, considerate and loving to everyone she met. Her creativity was evident in many ways but particularly in her personal touches at the Blue Box. Kathleen was always smiling and certainly was a people person. A fitting tribute that everyone remembers her smile and gentle touch. Her presence enriched us all. We are fortunate to call Kathleen family. She will always be a part of us and will be missed by all who knew her.

  8. My granddaughter Clare and I attended a mission trip to Red Lodge, Tennessee with the Congregational UCC youth group. Kathleen was one of the mission leaders and she was so welcoming to me as I am a member of St Paul UCC in Palatine. Kathleen had an infectious laugh and was a warm caring person. I will always remember this trip and the fun we all had together. Chris, may your wonderful memories of Kathleen sustain you at this time of great sadness.

  9. Kathleen was Such a Joy to be with and to Know! Her Goodness was visible to All as God’s Love Shone so Strongly Thru Her! I Treasured Times with Chris and Her and Am So Glad God Let Our Lives Touch! Peace Treasured One, What an Example You Were!

  10. I first met Kathleen at Sears. That group was tight-knit but Kathleen welcomed me with open arms and helped me navigate my first few months. After awhile we started to hang out outside of work and I learned many of her life stories and and that we had a lot in common. Kath had this way of making anyone she talked to the most important person in that moment. Her eyes would light up and she seemed generally happy even if you were interrupting her work. I have never known anyone in my life with a more beautiful spirit. When I learned of her passing I literally stopped breathing for a few seconds. How could such a wonderful, smart, light in our world be gone so soon? Then I immediately thought of Chris. Chris please know that we sometimes don’t know what to say or do but that everyone has you in our thoughts and will help you in any way that we can. I am still struggling today with the news and probably will for awhile. Time is the only thing that heals. Until then, I will think about her wonderful laugh and know that we have someone else up there watching out for us who is 100% on our side.

  11. Very sorry to see Kathy go so soon! I can still hear her laugh like a day hasn’t passed since I knew her during our college days. Thinking of all her loved ones, family, friends and animal companions, and hoping you all find solace and comfort in your wonderful memories of her happy and caring spirit.

  12. Kathleen had such an infectious energetic spirit. Watching her work so diligently with the FCC youth group was a testament to her caring and loving and energetic nature. Being in a conversation with her was always uplifting. Her ‘light’ will shine through all those who knew her. My prayers go out to all her family as they cope with such a heartbreaking loss.

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