Mary Louise Kanz, 95, of Oro Valley, Arizona, died peacefully at home on March 8, 2023 surrounded by loved ones.
She was born on Dec. 4, 1927 to Fred and Mary Narobe in Cicero and married Bill Kanz in 1951. They went on to have four children, Bill, Ken, Russ and Kathy. The family lived in Cicero for 10 years before moving to Riverside, where they lived for 46 years.
The couple moved to Rock Island in 2007 to be near their daughter Kathy and son-in-law Bill.
Mary and her husband Bill had a large circle of friends. They hosted game nights, dined out, traveled and went on cruises with friends on a regular basis. They had a full life together.
After her husband of 56 years passed away in 2007, Mary, her daughter Kathy and son-in-law Bill combined households.
Soon thereafter, she began RVing with Kathy and Bill. They were snowbirds for three years before moving to Arizona. Mary lived in an independent living community for a short period of time before moving back in with Kathy and Bill. They lived together as a family unit and had many adventures and lots of laughs together before her passing.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother. She is survived by her four children and her only remaining living friend, Marge.
Private interment is at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL.