Marion L. “Mary Lou” Thennes, age 80, of McHenry, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois in Barrington.
She was born March 23, 1931 in Chicago to Hubert and Lillian (Berndes) Severs. On December 1, 1951, she married Marcellus “Bud” Thennes at St. Bede’s Church in Ingleside.
Raised in Fox Lake, Mary Lou graduated from Grant High School in Fox Lake. Following high school, she moved to McHenry. A homemaker for the majority of her life, she also worked for Taylor Made Golf Clubs for 2 years, Tek Ambulance for 5 years, Lenco Electric for 5 years and the Hostess Bread Store for 5 years.
She was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Church in McHenry, as well as Christian Mothers and Lady Foresters Court 659 at St. Mary’s Church. Enjoyments included gardening, cooking, knitting, and playing cards with her card club. She also enjoyed baking blueberry muffins, brownies, and cookies, both with and without nuts, for her family and closest friends.
She is survived by six children, Phillip Michael (Susan) Thennes of McHenry, Albert (Michelle) Thennes of McHenry, Daniel Thennes of McHenry, Allen (Mairi) Thennes of McHenry, Robert (Kris) Thennes of Naperville, Colleen (David Johnston)Thennes of Schaumburg; 15 grandchildren, Brett (Leslie) Unruh, Doug (Jill) Thennes, Angie (Wayne) Freytag, Eric (Jenny Ward) Thennes, Cate (Noel) Spencer-Motyko, Tracy (Kevin Schmidt) Thennes, Matt Unruh, Vicki Thennes, Alex Thennes, Joe Thennes, Gretchen Thennes, Victor Thennes and Gavin Thennes, Lindsay and Ryan Hurst; 4 great-grandchildren, Colton, Carter, Logan and Emily; a sister, Lorena “Teenie” (LeRoy) Wegener of Grayslake; a brother, Ray (June) Severs of Spring Grove; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bud, on May 5/23/08; a daughter, Cindy Unruh; and three brothers, Donald, Hubert, and Robert.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
Visitation will resume Wednesday at 10 a.m. until time of Mass at St. Mary’s Church, 1401 N. Richmond Road, McHenry. The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Robert Balog officiating.
Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, McHenry.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, her family suggests memorials to St. Mary’s Church, Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois, or Masses. For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400. Friends may send an on-line condolence to the family at www.justenfh.com.