Mary Karres Allans

April 3, 1939April 9, 2021

Mary Karres Allans, age 82, of Antioch, Illinois (formerly of Winnetka, Illinois) passed away on April 9, 2021. Mary was born to George and Nora Karres on April 3, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois.

Beloved wife of Steven Nicholas Allans for 33 years until his passing in 1992. Loving mother of Nicholas (Joanne) Allans and Stephanie (Michael) Nykaza. Cherished grandmother of Nicholas, Kristen, Nicole, and Emily. Sister to Angela Hartline and beloved aunt to many.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband Steve.

She will be remembered for her boundless love of her family and her kindness to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 15 from 1-230 PM at the Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home in Wilmette, Illinois.

Immediately following, Mary will be laid to rest at Memorial Park Cemetery in Skokie, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mary’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to a charity of your choice.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, April 15, 2021


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Charlotte Clark

May 15, 2021

Share a memory… There’s not a memory,, what I share is my memory of her.. Mary Allans was and will always be to me a beautiful, elegant and kind woman. A woman I respected simply because of the way she was. Between us, I should say for me, there was never anything but smiles and warmth and welcoming from her with its beginnings and roots from a relationship that began for me as a child of probably 10 years old over 50 years ago, until months not so long ago. Our hellos with big smiles and our visits were not often the last ten years, maybe yearly and always “accidentally” bumping Into each other doing errands around town, but I know what I believe about her to be true, because I felt sincerity, I felt it in my heart. And for me, feeling some thing or someone or somewhere makes it true. Because feeling is experiencing, and once a person physically experiences something, someone or someplace how cannot be anything but real. She gave me a great gift. One we all can give, but often times do not, because we don’t know how to or don’t care to, only an actor in a play at times as well. This gift is acceptance. Acceptance and from that comes allowing. And from allowing any in any everything is possible. She shined kindness without judgement or criticism of me or another allowing and giving another great gift, which is simply “to be ...” .
And there are no “accidentallies” or coincidences in my life.
You guys didn’t know she gave me all that, did you?
In case you guys didn’t understand me, she will never be forgotten by me. Always remembered as one of the great teachers in my life
Charlotte ❤️❤️❤️

Anne Hughes

April 25, 2021

I’ve known Mrs. Allans since I was 14. She was always kind, funny and welcoming. She was a wonderful mom and grandmother. I remember many times at her house chitchatting, laughing and getting advice. She was a best friend to her children and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Goodbye. We will miss you
Anne Hughes😢❤️

Karhy Cronkhite Liston

April 22, 2021

I have so many great memories of Mary Allens. From just hanging out at the house to her and her husband Steve making the trek to MSU to watch our field hockey games. I became super close friends with Stephanie at college and it extended after college to coaching at New Trier together. Mary always came to the games to watch us coach. She was a second mom to me during that time. Stephanie and family, I loved your mom and know that you are all in my heart.

Ann Marie Hunker

April 14, 2021

I fondly remember Mrs. Allans along with her husband. They were so kind to me when they came to visit Stephanie at Michigan State. I was away from my home in New York and they always added me into their plans for the weekend and they became an extended family. They also welcomed me into their home when I visited and when I came for Stephanie and Michaels wedding all those years ago. They were a class act and are now together again in heaven where we will see them again.

Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants."

Ann Marie Hunker