Jean Sylvia Olson Kautz, age 88, passed peacefully from this life March 21, 2011, at home in McHenry.
Born May 4, 1922 in Chicago, she was the loving wife, best friend and companion of William “Bud” Kautz for 67 years of marriage (the love of his life); and the cherished mother of Pamela Jean (Michael “Reggie”) Hennessey, Candace Lee (Richard) Thomas, Jacqueline Sue (Daniel) Minaghan, and William John (Sheri) Kautz. Also left behind are her grandchildren, Lori Jean (Stuart) Suiter, Jennifer Michele (Maurice) Teixeira, Jeffrey Tyler Thomas, Claire Isabel Thomas, Adrienne Anne Thomas, Tamara Lyn (Michael) McDonald, Timothy Daniel Minaghan, William Michael Kautz, and Abigale Sylvia Kautz, her great grandchildren, Addison Jean Teixeira, Brynn Marie Teixeira, and Payton Jane McDonald, in addition to many other special relatives.
She will now join her parents, John and Sylvia Olson, her brother John “Jack” Olson, and numerous other relatives and friends.
She was known for her patience and unwavering love for her family and friends. She enjoyed cooking and loved nothing better than curling up with a cooking magazine and books from the library. She bravely battled lung cancer for almost 9 years without complaint. During this time she also volunteered at the Pink Door resale shop for Centegra Hospital. She was a member of the Centegra Hospital Auxiliary. This past Christmas she received a beautiful blue parakeet, which she named BB for blue bird. This new family member brought her much joy once her health began to decline shortly after the holidays and she was housebound.
Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2011, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050. The funeral service will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Roger Schneider will officiate.
Inurnment will be private.
Memorials may be made to Foundation Fighting Blindness at www.blindness.org, or to www.HopeforVision.org.