Mary Dunne, age 83, of Chicago, passed away at Norwood Crossing in Chicago on June 15, 2017. She was born in County Mayo, Ireland June 18, 1933 to her loving parents, James and Margaret Fitzpatrick (nee Battle). Mary immigrated to the United States in 1951 at the age of 17. She settled in New York City and took a job waitressing. In 1956 she was moved to Chicago by the Stouffers Company to open the Top of the Rock restaurant in the Prudential Building.
Mary continued to work in the food service industry until 1986. At that time, she took on the role as cook in the Rectory at Our Lady of Victory Church in Chicago where she served for 24 years, until her retirement in 2010. She made the rectory kitchen a special place, ministering to many souls as she baked cookies and prepared meals. Her decades of service earned special recognition from the Archdiocese of Chicago for her contributions to the church.
Mary married Bernard William “Bill” Dunne in June 1958, and the two shared 25 wonderful years together, raising their three children.
Loved ones will remember Mary as a deeply spiritual woman with a gift for making friends everywhere she went. She knew everyone at the local Jewel and on her bus route. When things didn’t go her way, she would proclaim, “May the Lord save us!” She could always sense if someone was in need and was known for her generosity and kind heart. She also had a great sense of humor, enjoyed telling Irish stories and having fun with loved ones.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband Bernard William “Bill” Dunne and daughter Marita Dunne McCoppin.
Mary is survived by her sons Kevin and Richard (Judy) Dunne; grandchildren Erin, Shannon and Carolyn Dunne; and many beloved family and friends across the globe.
Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Monday June 26, 2017 at Peterson-Bassi Chapels, 6938 W. North Ave, Chicago. Visitation at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. with Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday June 27, 2017 at St. Vincent Ferrer, 1530 Jackson Ave, River Forest, IL 60305. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Rd, Hillside, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org) or the Elgin Community Crisis Center (www.crisiscenter.org). Arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St., Elgin, IL 60120. For more information call 847-741-1128 or www.symondsmadisonfuneralhome.com