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.