Mary Isabel Harsch
22 June, 1939 – 31 May, 2021
Mary Isabel Harsch, age 81, went to her Heavenly Home to be with Jesus and her Loved ones on May 31st, 2021. 6-22-1939 to 5-31-2021.
Mary is the beloved wife to James. Loving mother to Timothy, Michael (Diane), and Kimberly (Scott) Craddock. Proud Grandmother to Joseph, John Michael, Kevin, Kalee, Kyle, and Brandon. Blessed Great Grandmother to beautiful Madison Grace. Mary is survived by her sister, Donna Marie Ross, Brother-in- law, Leroy Harsch, and his wife Rose.
Mary was born in Altamont, Illinois to Charles and Madonna Laugel. She spent her younger years in this beautiful small town. She later relocated to Chicago where she met James, married, and settled in Franklin Park, Illinois where they raised their three children. Mary loved the laughter of children in her home and welcomed all. Many say she was their second mother. Mary brought her small town values and goodness to our big beautiful lives.
After moving to Chicago, Mary worked at Anderson’s Moving and Storage Company as a secretary. She then stayed home for many years taking care of her children. She later became a preschool teacher at the Franklin Park Community Center. Mary then worked for United Airlines in the kitchen servicing domestic and international flights, financially helping her kids through college.
Mary had a passion for music, dancing, reading, traveling, decorating her home for the holidays, crafting, and cooking. She loved the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears and tuned in to the games. Mary was very social, she loved meeting new people and never missed a good party.
Most of all, Mary loved spending time with her family. She was a kind, gentle soul and a mother figure to all who were blessed to know her. She loved James deeply and adored her children and grandchildren. Sleep overs at Grandma’s were very special. Mary will also be remembered by her numerous dear friends, nieces, and nephews.
Mary will always be a ray of sunshine, bright and warm, comforting to all. Shining down to surround us all in love, beauty and happiness.
God certainly welcomed an Angel May 31st, 2021 when Mary showed up at the gates of Heaven. We believe she was given the perfect job to care and comfort all the children.
We love you so much ♥♥
- Wounded Warrior Project
Saturday, 19 June , 2021
Mary Isabel Harsch
12 June 2021
Your mother was the sweetest person I’ve ever known! I loved playing bunco with her, and knew from the moment I met her that I had to introduce her to my mom. Their friendship was a blessing. Our entire family adored your your mom! I hope they’re sharing as many laughs up there in heaven as they shared down here.
I hope your family finds peace and comfort with memories of her, and knowing how much she loved you all.
Rest In Peace Sweet Mary…you’re going to be the most amazing Guardian Angel! ❤️👼🏼
Deborah, Stephanie Sammon
12 June 2021
I met Mary through Mike and Diane. Their daughter Kaylee played soccer for many years with my daughter. Mary was always smiling when ever we saw her. She had a sense of humor, always positive cheering the girls on.
Mary and James made it to many of the soccer games. It was always a pleasure spending time with the family. I will always remember how sweet she was and how Jim and Mary always were together. God bless and look over the rest of us. You will be missed dearly Mary. 🙏🏻
12 June 2021
Where to begin??? The Harsh house was my home away from home. I think my time was spent equally between the two. From the very first sleep over to the day they packed up the house to move to Arizona I was always welcome. I experienced the love, the tears, the laughter and even the scoldings from the Harsh home. But most of all, I experienced the love. Growing up and being part of that was the best. I am truly blessed to have known, and have been loved by Mary. I believe she will continue sharing her love, and shining that bright beautiful light onto her family until the end of time. I hope you all find comfort in the memories, and joy that your mom brought to everyone around her. I love you all, my thoughts are with you.
11 June 2021
I was lucky enough to know the Harsch family when I was in my early 20s, at a time when I was in need. I lost my father in 1984 and the Harsch house, without exaggeration, was a salvation. It was a house full of love and laughter (and hijinx whenever Tim was around -- he really couldn't help himself), a place where anyone that knew the family always felt welcome and comfortable, as soon as they walked in the door.
That house helped me heal in ways that I didn't fully realize or even understand until after I lost touch with the family, and time passed to put distance between us. I never got to say thank you so I'll say it now: I'll always be grateful to the Harsch family for helping me through the pain of great loss. And I wish Kim, Mike Tim, Mr. Harsch, and the entire extended Harsch family, all the strength needed to get through the loss of this wonderful woman.
For me, Mrs. Harsch was the heart and soul of that great house. She was the foil to Mike and Tim, always in Kim's corner, always quick to laugh, never anything but kind and compassionate. We can tend to deify people in death but that just doesn't apply here; she was truly one of those special people in this world and we were all lucky to know her. She was the best of us.
Take care of each other, you're all in my thoughts,
10 June 2021
This is a message to Tim Harsch and the entire Harsch Family. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Harsch. I had the opportunity to spend time with Mrs. Harsch in the past and at a lunch with all the mothers of the kids from the area in Franklin Park.
I care about all the Harsch Family, but I do want to make a special mention and outreach to Tim Harsch. I have not forgotten when you/Tim called me after the passing of my husband Richard Fisher. It really made my day and you have always been such a kind and thoughtful person.
Let me conclude but giving all of you my condolences. I will be thinking about all of you.
Maureen Fisher (Mother of Tim Fisher)
Beth Ann Ross
9 June 2021
My wonderful Aunt Mary , I miss you so much already....I'll miss your sweet voice on the phone ...I'll miss receiving your thoughtful cards in the mail ,to me ,my daughter and grandsons..Cuz you always thought of everyone ...I'll miss your fun / playful laughter...I'll miss how you embraced my " soft sensitive" side as well as my " tough, tomboy" side...I'll miss your grace ,kindness, loyalty, compassion, integrity and absolute Honor as a Mother ,Grandmother and Aunt...All of us who had the pleasure of having you in our lives always knew how loved we were by you ! Your love expanded even far beyond just family ,but to all the kids friends,neighbors and coworkers...You were truly a gift from God to all of us ! I am so grateful you shined your light so brightly and never put it under a bushel and gave light to all who knew you ! Matthew 5:15-16 I LOVE YOU ,you will forever be in my heart my dear Aunt ,, Beth Ann
8 June 2021
What a wonderful lady... I spent a lot of time over at the Harsch House for many years and had so many great memories. Mrs. Harsch always looked out for all of the kids in the area. The house was strategically placed in the middle of all of us. Thus, it became somewhat the meeting point. I still have to laugh. Mr. Harsch is a great man also but would have that look on his face of "what in the hey is going on now" when he would get home from work and there was a cabal sitting in his house and pestering their dog "Prince". I cannot say enough good stuff about the Harsch Family - you cannot ask for better friends and people. I just cannot say enough good stuff about Mrs. Harsch - She is so kind and patient with everybody. I last saw Mr. and Mrs. Harsch about ten years ago when I was in Phoenix for work. Still a great memory and she will be missed but not forgotten...!!!