Mary Frances Loula, 84

Mary Frances Loula, age 84, passed away peacefully in her home June 18th, 2020, with her family by her side. She was born on October 6th, 1935 in New Prague, Minnesota to Harold and Helen Picha. After graduating from New Prague High school and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she married her high school sweetheart, Myron (Mike) Loula, on August 9th, 1958 at Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague, Minnesota.  Mary was a dedicated mother and grandmother first and foremost. She treasured her children and grandchildren and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Grammy. She had a nurturing personality and always made sure people around her had plenty of food to eat, and warm hugs. She made friends everywhere she went.  Mary began her career as a legal secretary in New Prague, which she later continued in Minneapolis. After raising her children, Mary went back to work as a business analyst for an insurance company where she held a variety of positions. She also taught religious education classes to Catholic elementary students in several parishes. After retiring, she took classes in flower arranging and worked part time at a florist shop, which she enjoyed immensely.

Mary loved cooking for her family, traveling, gardening and all flowers. She is survived by her husband, sisters Carol Seifert and Liz Kuebelbeck, and brothers Joe and James Picha. She is also survived by her six children and their spouses: Kathy (Dennis Burnell) Loula, Carol (Mitch) Greening, Mary (Ben) Oosterbaan, Becky (John) Thomas, Mark (Marlene) Loula and Mike Loula, as well as seven grandchildren: Zach Greening; Katherine Oosterbaan; Jay and William Thomas; and Michael, Matt and Marko Loula, whom she loved and touched deeply. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother LaMoyne (Sonny) and her sister Helen.

Funeral Mass is 10 AM Monday June 22, 2020 at St. Paul the Apostle Church, Gurnee, IL.  Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Fremont Center, IL.

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Celiac Foundation https://celiac.org/donate/. 

Kristan Funeral Home

 

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