Marilyn Kay Kunard, age 73, of Elgin, passed away on November 3, 2020. Marilyn was born November 15, 1946 in Springfield, IL to her loving parents, Harold Lee Treece and Barbara Rose Biesenthal.

Marilyn earned her undergraduate at the Millikin University School of Nursing in 1968, and later earned her master’s degree at Northern Illinois University. She worked first as a nurse for several years, then spent several years working for the State of Illinois, making sure that nursing homes and other institutions were safe. She retired in 2003.

Marilyn was married for 20 years to her beloved husband, David Gross, until his passing in September, 2020.

Marilyn was a member of the Elgin Choral Union for over 30 years.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, David Gross; parents, Harold and Barbara Treece; and nephew, Eric Binion.

Marilyn is survived by her sister, Carolyn (Robert) Renton; brother, John Treece; stepchildren, Steven (Kelly M.) Gross and Kelly E. Gross; grandchildren, Magdelina Gross, Nola Gross, and Kaden Gray Gross; aunt, Mary Virginia Woodrum; cousin, Dale Biesenthal; and nephew, Scott Binion.

Visitation will be 5:00pm until funeral service at 7:00pm, Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Father George Smith will be officiating.

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 (Meeting ID: 925 8786 1769, Password: 207383).

Interment will be private.

In lieu of memorial contributions, please consider making a donation in Marilyn’s name to the American Parkinson Disease Association or the American Lung Association.

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

One Reply to “Marilyn Kay Kunard”

  1. Marilyn you are now the dear Lords Angel up in Heaven. You will be very much missed. You are now with David and mom. Love you. Your cousin, Cherie Spfld,Il

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