Mary T. Lynch

July 23, 1927March 15, 2021

Mary Teresa Lynch (nee McGinnis), beloved wife of the late James Michael Lynch, died on March 15, 2021. Mary was born in Chicago on July 13, 1927 to John and Frances (McLaughlin) McGinnis. She was a first generation, West side, Irish, Catholic woman, a background which guided her life dedicated to family, education, service and generosity.

Mary attended St. Angelus Grade School, Trinity High School, and Clarke College, and she later went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University. She married her husband of 60 years in 1950. Mary and Jim raised eight children in the River Forest community and were active members of St. Luke’s Parish for over 60 years. Mary was a Eucharistic Minister, served on the School Board, and was in the Women’s Guild and Choir.

Mary was proud of her Irish heritage and cherished her extended family. She opened her heart and her home to family and friends throughout her life. She never missed an opportunity to visit a new place or experience a new culture.

Mary had a deep belief in education, exemplified by her twenty year teaching career in CPS, primarily at Eli Whitney. In addition to her teaching career, she served on the Alumnae Board of her alma mater, Clarke College, where she received the Distinguished Humanitarian Service Alumnae Award.

Her most proud accomplishment though was always her family -- eight children, twenty-six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren (and counting). Mary loved spending time on Pistakee Lake, where her parents built a home eighty-five years ago. She created a welcoming place for her ever-growing family to gather. She wintered in Marco Island, FL and appreciated the reprieve from Chicago winters.

Mary was the loving mother of James JD (Sara), Ann (Frank) Burke, Mary (Mark) O’Malley, Joan MD (Bo Tran), John DDS (Michele), Daniel MD (Kim), Fran DDS (Greg Kohut) and Sheila DDS (Dave Moser). She was the proud grandmother of Emily (Chris) Gass, Meghan (Jason) Dexter, Claire (Hugo) Garcia and James Lynch; Michael (Kate), Dan (Jen), John (Molly), Tom (Victoria) and Maggie Burke; Brian (Tara), Dan and Kevin O’Malley; Jimmy (Jenny), Kevin, Matthew and Maura Lynch; William and Siobhan Tran; Katie, Rosie and Daniel Lynch; Paige Kohut; Mary Grace, Michael, Clare and Tim Moser. And, she was a delighted great-grandmother to Charlotte, Hayden and Graham Gass; Caroline Dexter; Leo Garcia; Charlie and Lulu Burke; Liza and Bode Burke; Ford Burke; and Nora O’Malley. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Michael Lynch, and her siblings, Jack, Patrick, and Arthur McGinnis and Frances Molloy. She was a loving aunt and friend to many more.

She will be greatly missed, but how lucky were we for 93 blessed years.

Due to the pandemic, the Funeral Mass at St. Luke’s Parish will be by invitation on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Live stream details are included below. Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 4-8 PM at Woodlawn Funeral Home 7750 Cermak Rd,: Forest Park, IL. The family understands everyone is in varying situations regarding the on-going pandemic and appreciates all of your love, support and prayers from afar. If you are able to join us for a visitation, Woodlawn will be following appropriate CDC guidelines of 50 people, with limited members of the Lynch Family in attendance (only immediate children).

To access the live stream of Mary Lynch’s Funeral Mass, please visit St. Luke’s Parish Facebook and live stream ( ). The live stream will begin at 1:00 pm on Thursday March 25, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Mary T. Lynch to: Misericordia Home (6300 N Ridge Ave. Chicago, Il 60660 or; Clarke University (1550 Clarke Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001 or online at; or Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters (585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI 53824 or online at


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, March 25, 2021


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Terrence Rynne

March 25, 2021

Dear Jim, Ann, Mary, Joan, John, Dan, Frances and Sheilah
I remember you all fondly. I think of your wonderful Mom and Dad often.
Your mother was so warm, loving and tuned in.
We are in Arizona still or I would have the great pleasure of seeing you all again and offering my heartfelt thanks and prayers for your wonderful mother
Terry Rynne

Rita Kennedy

March 24, 2021

So many great family memories whether it was at Cantigny, Lombard, River Forest, Chicago or Fox Lake we always enjoyed being together. Uncle Jim and Aunt Mary were wonderful and welcoming hosts! I just recently told my grandkids about the classroom in basement at River Forest. I enjoyed playing there as a child. Early remote learning! Sad to say goodbye to Aunt Mary and that generation. Sending my love and prayers.


March 23, 2021

Aunt Mary and Uncle Jim gave me a rosary just before I went into the Navy in 1972. That rosary got me through a lot of tough times not just in the service but for the next 40 year plus. It went with me everywhere and was greatly appreciated. Rest in Peace

Alen Capucci

March 23, 2021

Mary T - thank so much for crossing into my life. You will never be forgotten.
We love you so much.
Alen Capucci and family.

Barbara Coates

March 23, 2021

I worked with Mary many years at Whitney school.She was a great teacher and willing to help anyone . She will be missed

Milagros Lopez

March 22, 2021

Mary was my teacher mentor when I started working at Eli Whitney School, 2015 S Komensky Ave, Chicago, IL in 1991. She helped me feel welcomed and made the process of adjusting to a new school system easier. She was always happy to share her wisdom with the new teachers. I still remember how she usually addressed me as “My dear..” with a smile on her face. Every moment was a teaching moment for Mary. You will be missed, Mary.

Joan McInerney

March 22, 2021

I am one of the many nieces who has very fond memories of family parties at Pistakee Bay - Fox Lake. Aunt Mary really could organize and throw a party I think at a moments notice. Of course she enlisted everyone’s assistance in doing so. Everyone had a job to do not matter your age. And woe to you if you tried to escape. I remember being called out by her one time - I was supposed to be doing dishes but was out in the boat on the lake she found me and called me back.
I am sorry that I will not be able to celebrate her life with you all this week but you will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
Joan (Kennedy) McInerney

Ann Dee Travis

March 20, 2021

Thanks to Mrs. Lynch I was lucky enough to get my driver’s license. She took me to take the driving test which I failed the 1st time and she was gracious enough to take me a 2nd time and pass! I will always be thankful to her for that.
Xoxo and lots of prayers.
Ann Dee Travis

Ann Dee Travis

March 20, 2021

I send love, hugs and prayers to all of the Lynch kids, their spouses and their children. You, your mom and dad were an important part of my life growing up. Your mom and dad always set the best example in life. I can remember going over to your house to play on Saturday mornings and your Mom would say that if you are coming over you need to help clean! I am terribly sorry for your loss. Your mom is back with the love of her life, your dad. I bet they had a wonderful reunion.
God Bless to all.
Ann Dee Travis