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Mary “Lynn” Alms, age 68, of Maple Park, IL, passed away at home, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Monday, March 9, 2020.
She was born August 6, 1951, in Chicago, IL, to loving parents, John and Eileen (Masterson) Weber.
Lynn grew up on the South Side of Chicago and attended St. Felicitas Grammar School. She graduated from Mercy High School with the class of 1969, where she was active in Glee Club and stunned the audience with her rendition as Maria in The Sound of Music.
Following graduation, she began studying at University of Illinois where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology. Not quite done, Lynn continued her education at Northern Illinois University, graduating with a Masters Degree in Library Science.
Lynn met her future husband while working in the library at University of Illinois. Ron may have been checking out more than books, and in fact never returned her heart, sharing his in return, before walking down the aisle on June 1, 1974. They began their new life together on Pierce St. in Elburn for a short time before making the move to their current home in Maple Park. Along the way, they were blessed with two daughters, Laura and Karen.
Lynn lived for the Library Sciences, and manned the helm as Director at the Elburn Library for over 35 years. She was instrumental in transferring the library from its previous location above the Elburn American Legion to a new and beautiful structure on North Street in 2000.
Lynn loved her community and was an active member of the Elburn Chamber of Commerce, accepting the award for Member of the Year both in 2009 and 2015. She was a member of the Kane County Literacy Program and a faithful parishioner at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park.
Lynn was born on the South Side and she never missed a chance to root for the Chicago White Sox, a trait that was not shared with many others in her immediate family, but her steadfast resolve never wavered. Her love of reading bordered on obsession, especially when it came to mysteries, happily devouring nearly a book a day. Lynn and family loved to make the yearly trip to their lake house in Michigan. A friendship with Lynn was one for life, as many of her friendships were born in the eighth grade. Her humor was contagious and her laughter inspired. No one could make you smile like Lynn. Lynnâ€™s intelligence and memory were razor sharp; so much so that some family lamented that she never got on Jeopardy!. Holidays were special and were to be celebrated with all your heart mind and soul. Her kitchen was always full of delicious aromas, but when the holidays arrived, it was a wonder how one woman could make so many dishes, so perfectly. If there was a favorite destination during Christmas, it was Marshall Fields, where she continued the family tradition of walking up and down the miracle mile and looking into every window. Lynn, her daughters and a few cousins made the trip to Ireland, making memories along every nook and cranny of the Emerald Isle. Lynn became a legacy in her own time, leaving behind not only millions of lives lived out over billions of pages, but a lifetime of memories her family will cherish for generations.
She is survived by her loving husband, Ron Alms; two daughters, Laura (Brian) Sikorski and Karen (Karl) Grzeszczak; One sister, Carol (Robert) Zydek; many cousins, nieces, nephews and a community of friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Eileen Weber.
Visitation will be at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, from 4-8 p.m., with a wake service to begin at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 12, 2020. Additional visitation will be from 9:30-10:15 a.m., with a Mass to celebrate her faith to follow at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 13, 2020, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 123 S County Line Rd., Maple Park, IL 60151. Interment will follow at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Lynnâ€™s name. Checks may be made to the “Mary Lynn Alms Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address, the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or send the family a message through our website, www.conleycare.com by clicking “contact us”.
Additional visitation will be from 9:30-10:15 a.m., with a Mass to celebrate her faith to follow at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 13, 2020, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 123 S County Line Rd., Maple Park, iL 60151.
Visitation will be at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, from 4-8 p.m., with a wake service to begin at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Interment will follow at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Cemetery.