Mary Lou Kroll Posted: 2020-07-30 16:40:29


Mary Lou Kroll, 93 of Huntley, died peacefully, July 28, 2020
Visitation will be on Monday, August 3, 2020 from 4-7pm at DeFiore Funeral Home- 10763 Dundee Road, Huntley. A Funeral Mass will be held on 10:00am on Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church-10307 Dundee Road, Huntley. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.
Mary Lou was born February 17, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Margaret Jochum. On October 14, 1945 she married Norbert Kroll. Mary Lou was hard working and devoted to her family and her Church. She was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church and volunteered there until the very end of her life. She was the person who cleaned the priests offices and would leave them special treats of candy. Mary Lou was a loving mother, grandmother and friend who will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by Her daughters, Judi (Leonard) Llapitan, Barbara (Joseph) Napolitan, her sons, Carl (Jackie) Kroll and Richard Kroll, by her seven grandchildren, Wendy (David), Giann (Wally), VaLori (Noan), Jason (Irma), Stacy, Jennifer and Joseph and by her 15 great grandchildren.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert, son, Kenneth and brothers, Robert, Clarence, Kenneth, Howard and Arthur.
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Cathy Olcott 2020-07-30 19:15:07

I am really saddened by the passing of my good friend, MaryLou. She was a very special woman who loved our Lord more than anyone. I remember when she was still tap dancing in her 80's. She could run circles around most people who were a lot younger then she was. One time she came to visit me when I was in the hospital; she gave me a beautiful vase with artificial flowers. Her comment was typical Mary Lou, "well these flowers will never die." My deepest sympathy goes out to all of her family. I emphasize with you all, as losing a mother is one of the hardest times you will ever face. I pray that Our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, keeps each & everyone of you safely in His Precious Arms. I also pray that our Lord will give each & everyone of you the peace that passes all understanding. In Christ, Cathy Olcott

Pat Allikian 2020-07-30 21:15:25

My friend, smart lady! We shared great times looking back and remembering the Good Ole Days. A tireless worker, volunteer and someone you can count on! Everyone at St Mary’s Church knew her. Didn’t need to know her last name. Last time we spoke in the hospital we planned to sit on her bench with masks and distance for a good chatup when she got home. Marylou, Someday we’ll find that bench together. God’s Peace Be With You. Love U 2. Your friend Pat

Elizabeth Cory 2020-07-31 08:59:18

The members of the St. Mary Ladies' Auxiliary send their love and condolences to you at this difficult time. Mary Lou was a treasured member of our organization. She was such a delightful and active presence, always willing to help, and always putting others before her own needs. She will be greatly missed. She will be in our prayers. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Jeanne M McCloskey 2020-07-31 12:16:02

My heart and soul go out to Mary Lou's family and all of her friends. She indeed was a special lady, who the Lord, loved St Mary and all of her friends and family. I was with Mary Lou on several committees, and at monthly Rosary and we had some good chats. When she moved to Alden apartments she told us how she got her entire apartment building to dress up for Halloween. She loved a little fun and would always be dressed festively for any occasion. Her walker would also be decked out. Mary Lou was a hard worker, a baker, a friend who will have a special place in heaven. God Bless You, Mary Lou!! I'll be praying that I can sit with you when I hopefully get to heaven!!

Vivian Mattoon 2020-07-31 14:17:51

Dear Mary Lou.... what a dear friend... never defined by her age... instead by her heart and undying love for everyone. We last visited via FaceTime which I'm yet to figure out, but it was nothing for Mary Lou to keep up with the times. I was impressed with her energy and volunteerism... When she was told she couldn't volunteer at the booth that served alcohol for a church function; she immediately took a class and earned her certificate... This was in her 80's mind you! We met through St. Mary Church and became friends quickly... I cherish the time we spent in Italy as roomies with friend, Pat A. My deepest condolences to all who mourn the loss of a very dear lady. Somehow I don't think the phrase RIP is fitting as I imagine Mary Lou organizing a craft corner and tap dancing her way across the clouds of Heaven!

The Cancer Center Staff @ Advocate Sherman Hospital 2020-08-02 13:07:28

We are all saddened to hear of the passing of Mary Lou! She was an amazing volunteer who always brought something "sweet" to share with patients and staff. She had a great sense of humor and brightened everyone's day- we will really miss her- Stephanie Boecher-Director

John jochum 2020-08-03 13:22:24

I don’t have any words never was any good at speaking she will be missed but we all meet up again soon. Too soon

Nancy Horney 2020-08-04 08:08:36

Loved Mary Lou. She was a wonderful volunteer at the Grafton food pantry and a good friend to my mom. I’m sure the two of them are sharing a cup of tea now.

Pam Meaker 2020-08-07 13:37:54

So sorry for Mary Lou's family s loss.She was a wonderful person.