Norma J. Kanaly

July 8, 1935April 5, 2021

Norma J. Kanaly,85, passed away on April 5, 2021 at Northwestern Hospital in McHenry. She was born on July 8, 1935 to Violet (Devereaux) and Harold Shugart in Nevada City, California. She married the love of her life Edward Kanaly on September 12, 1956 in Marengo. They were married 42 years.

She was a US Army Veteran PFC stationed at Fort Knox and Fort Dix and was honorably discharged in 1957.

She worked at Arnold Engineering Co. for 32 years from August 1966 until her retirement in February of 1999.

She loved sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, and reading but mostly loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children, Keith (Julie) Kanaly, Brian (Geraldine) Kanaly, Kevin (Cyndi) Kanaly, Beth (Leslie) Kanaly, Jodie (Laura) Kanaly, and Scot (Bianca) Kanaly; 8 grandchildren, Matthew (Hannah), Lindsey (Mike), Kelli (Barung), Kimberly (Joseph), Darby, Tyler, Devin, and Camden; 8 great-grandchildren, Hannah, Emma, Dylan, Madison, Kamden, Isabelle, Samuel, and Owen; a brother, John Shugart and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward in 1998, her parents, and her siblings Richard,Kenneth and Susan.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.

Visitation at Zion Lutheran Church 412 Jackson Street, Marengo on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 5-8pm, Service and Interment are private. Due to current conditions, a maximum capacity will be allowed at one time and facial coverings will be required. For information call Marengo-Union Funeral Home (815) 568-8131.


  • Keith Kanaly (Julie), Child
  • Brian Kanaly (Geraldine), Child
  • Kevin Kanaly (Cyndi), Child
  • Beth Kanaly (Leslie), Child
  • Jodie Kanaly (Laura), Child
  • Scot Kanaly (Bianca), Child
  • Matthew (Hannah), Grandchild
  • Lindsey (Mike), Grandchild
  • Kelli (Barung), Grandchild
  • Kimberly (Joseph), Grandchild
  • Darby, Grandchild
  • Tyler, Grandchild
  • Devin, Grandchild
  • Camden, Grandchild
  • John Shugart, Brother
  • Edward Kanaly, Husband (deceased)
  • Violet Shugart, Mother (deceased)
  • Harold Shugart, Father (deceased)
  • Richard, Kenneth, Susan, Siblings (deceased)


  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 8, 2021


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David Gallagher

April 8, 2021

Norma and Ed were my God-Parents growing up. I have many fond memories of their love. Both of our families basically grew up together since our houses were only a block apart. Going up to Wisconsin in the summer to fishing cabins with them was the best! I miss all of the Kanaly family very much.

Jeff Schreck

April 7, 2021

So sorry for your loss Scot and family!

Jeff, Connie,Tom, Gail and the rest of your family at JPJ’s.

Kecia Griffin

April 6, 2021

Norma was such a sweet lady! She made beautiful coats for my daughters when they were little. I always loved the thought and care that went into those coats, and my kids weren’t even her grandchildren. She was a special lady! My condolences to my dear friend Jodie and the Kanaly family.