Dear Jenny, Bob, and Devens Family,
My parents told me about Maria's illness, and were in awe of her strength and persistence. I have been out of touch with you since I moved out of the area, but Maria nevertheless left an indelible impression on me long ago, as a passionate, empathetic and intelligent young woman. I am so sorry for your loss. With love to you all, Jennifer Gabriel Weiler
I was so sad to hear of Maria's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this very difficult time. I know there will forever be a void at Family Medicine- UIC. She was a great person to know.
To Maria's Family,
We at Mount Assisi Academy extend our sympathy. We found out about Maria's death in the newspaper and had no idea how sick she was. We loved Marie at Mt.Assisi and will always remember her lively personality, her creativity, her intelligence, and her love of the color purple. We extend our love and prayers, Sr. Jude Marie and all the Sisters at Mount Assisi Acaemy.
I had the pleasure of working with Maria in college and she was truly a “delightful” person. She loved that word and taught me its truest meaning. Today, whenever I use it I still think of her. She took delight in everything and she brought you right along with her. I am so sorry that we lost touch as our lives took different paths. I remember her fondly, and I am inspired to see the wonderful influence she has had on others.
Dear Devens Family, I am so sorry for your loss.
I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Maria's passing. Maria and I were psychology interns at The UIC Psychiatric Institute. I fondly remember Maria as a very smart, driven woman who was also funny and warm. She touched many, many lives, including mine. My deepest sympathy to her family.
I was so sorry to hear about Maria, she was an amazing person. I will cherish my memories of Phil and I hanging out with Maria at Reilly's, we had many good times together. I'm sure Phil and Maria are hanging out together now. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Always a lovely vision in purple. You touched many lives and will be dearly missed. Love and prayers to your family. Rest in peace, Dr. Devens.
I am grateful to have known and worked with Maria for 8 years at UIC. She was a true friend and colleague and always exemplified utmost professionalism, kindness and a commitment to her work. She was a true advocate for women's health; she was deeply committed to supporting and teaching family medicine residents. I am lucky to have learned so much from Maria.
Maria meant so much to us that it's impossible to convey her energy, enthusiasm, drive and strength in words. She didn't retrain her passions: alternative 80's music, opera, baroque, running, ice skating, dinners with friends, travel, her profession (she said she knew what she wanted to be when she was in high school), helping others achieve more, lending a sympathetic ear, spending time with her family, expressing herself through the fun of purple, and being joyful. She was called away from us too soon. And we will never stop missing her.
With our heartfelt sympathy The Marsh Family
Maria was grace , strength and kindness personified. I am fortunate to have worked with her at UIC .I remember her genuine and deep concern for others , even as she faced her own challenges. Truely she was a gem and words are insufficient to describe her.
Love to her family,
I'm So Sorry To Hear Of The Passing Of My Cousin. I'm Sure She Is In Heaven Today. God Bless You Uncle Bob And Aunt Mary Lou.
There will never be a word to described your strenght as well as your hopes but certainly there is always a one special word to described you; a woman of great pursuit for life! You are like a cup of coffee who can jump start the day easily! It was a pleasant opportunity knowing and caring for you throughout your struggle; you will always be a part of my beautiful memories in life!!! Yours truly Rouchel
I got to know Maria when she was a patient on our unit and am very sad to hear of her passing. She was always vibrant, positive and witty and touched me with these attributes. This news has saddened all of us on the unit. Maria we miss you. I hope they have plenty of Pete's coffee up there. Bless you. Larry
My deepest condolences to Uncle Bob, Aunt Mary Lou, Jenny and Bob. I am so very proud to be related to all of you and Maria. Love, Larry Devens
I had the good fortune of knowing Maria for the past two years. Throughout the ups and downs during that time, she maintained an inspiring optimism and courage. One of her more charming traits was a straightforwardness in which she visibly displayed her large heart on her sleeve. She buoyantly and excitedly went with any good news that she received, and stubbornly fought against and soldiered on against the cruel unpredictability of her disease. I learned much from her and came to admire her family's devotion and support through what I heard from Maria. To the family, I want you to know that you had a wonderful daughter and sister to be proud of forever, and that she was equally proud to have all of you and parents, brothers, and sisters.
Peter Shabad, Ph.D.
Dearest Paul and Sandra,
My deepest condolences at the untimely loss of your beautiful sister and sister-in-law and aunt to your precious children. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Elaine Woerner (Lab)
Those of us that were blessed to train under you are better doctors because of your committment to us. I will celebrate you daily by practicing compassionate, patient centered, empathetic medicine. You will be missed so much. Shelly Plaster
From swedish fish to candy necklaces..MAA... to throwing corn pops from the top of Marina Tower...throwing pickles from a Ronald Mcdonald cup..at only those who didn't appear to suffer low self esteem..6 hour phone marathons..tanning all summer long..Riley's Daughter and Caesar's Outer Limits..Prime n Tender..the Signature room...study breaks..bus rides..bunny slippers and pet Ferdinand...chinese fire drills and Jane the Fitness Queen..Penelope Peterson and the color purple. Our weddings Our divorces..you holding my daughter for the first time..If only I'd been a better friend to you..I hope you dance in heaven the way you danced in life.
words cannot express how deeply sorry I am for the loss of such a wonderful person! You will always be the greatest inspiration and source of positiveness in my life! I am grateful that you were part of my life, helped me with my own struggles and taught me how to think positive and get the best out of everything... Thank you for believing in me and each of us!
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Looking through this guest book, I see that many others share my thoughts and admiration for Maria. Others have also been deeply touched by her. No one, however, can fully share my feelings for such a special person with whom I had a special and unique professional and personal relationship. Her passing cannot take away all that we shared.
All my love to Mary Lou and Bob and the entire Devens family.
Maria, you were part of our little class at the top of the hill at MAA. I remember your smile, your friendship, your stories, your love of purple and how you said you were going to be a doctor - and you did. Our little group has lost a member. We are all praying for you and your family. God speed. MAA Class of 1984.
So many wonderful, colorful memories of Maria when she briefly touched my life. My condolences to her family, friends and collegues. I am so glad she had the chance to realize some of her dreams, yet there were more to be had. Gone too soon.
I am so saddened to hear of Maria's passing. She was a great friend to me in college and I remember quite fondly her sunny disposition, kindness and compassion. Many times she picked me up when I was down and cheered me on through difficult times. She had a wonderful sense of humor and never failed to bring a smile to my face. I cherish the memories of the time we had together. Though I regret that we lost touch in later years, I was honored to be her friend. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very difficult time.
My condolences to Maria and her family. I knew Maria from my previous position at UIC medical center. She was kind, thoughtful and always had the best interests of her patient's in mind. She will be missed.
So very sorry to hear of Dr. Devens passing. May the love of family, friends and Gods promise to wipe every tear from our eyes carry you through your grief.
Mary Lou and Bob Devins Family and all of Mau Family: We wish you heartfelt prayers and sympathy on the passing of Maria. Though we did not know this beautiful young woman, we will always fondly remember you and Maria as part of our family.
My condolences to the entire Devens family. I was a colleague of Maria's at UIC for 11 years, and will always remember her smile, her elegant suits, and sparkly brooches. She enjoyed making tea and coffee (the right way) and baking treats for the holiday parties. She always had a kind and supportive word. I was unable to attend her services due to being away at a conference but send my thoughts and prayers. She will be missed.
We prayed for Maria at St. Michaels for several years, so I know her battle was long and difficult. Maria was a fun-loving, brilliant student at MAA. Not surprised that she accomplished so much after HS. My condolences to all those that loved her!
Bob, Mary Lou and Family...We are so so sorry for your loss. Maria was a true fighter and you will be forever blessed as the best caregivers ever..We know well about losing a child. Be assured she is up in heaven with the good Lord looking over her now. Take care of yourselves and know that she is over the suffering and at peace...Your Friends from Naples, Bev & Jim
My condolences to the family.
May she rest in peace.
Sheila Coit Rusen MAA class of 84
Dear Jennifer and family,
Though I did not know your sister, reading her wonderful story and seeing her kind face moved me enormously. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Neither my husband nor I have ever actually met Maria (or her sibblings) but through her Mom and Dad I felt that I knew Maria so well. Mary Lou, Bob, their family and we and our family were going through a very difficult time in our lives and I believe it gave us peace to speak with Mary Lou because she really understood the sadness we were feeling. Our 6 year old twin nephew is now in a beautiful place with our Lord Jesus where Maria will be meeting with him. Maria is such a kind person I know Griffin with love being with her and he will be in such good hands.
Mary Lou and Bob, we met in such an unusual way, I believe God put us together to comfort each other. Maria is so beautiful and loved by so many, (no-one more than our Lord and Savior)and now she is with Him who will continue to LOVE HER. Our heartfelt prayers are with the entire Devens family. Love, Jim and Joan
My condolences to the family
Maria was beautiful both physically and spiritually, kind and intelligent. Many people loved and admired her, and she will be greatly missed.
My heart goes out to you all. May angels keep your wrapped in their arms. Sending love and prayers.
Thank you for always challenging us to challenge ourselves. I am very grateful to have been taught by you. We will deeply miss you even though we complained about Balint group;)
Mary Callis, MD MPH
I am so fortunate to have gotten to know Maria on both a personal and professional level. Professionally, Maria was so inspirational in her passion for her work. I was especially inspired by her concern for the psychological well-being of medical students and resident physicians. Maria greatly helped me in my transition to working at UIC. On a personal level, my whole family is very fortunate to have gotten to know Maria. She came to our home (and vice versa) a number of times. Our daughter affectionately called her "Aunt Maria". I found about her passing coming home from work. I thought I "got rid of all of my tears" but I broke down again when I told my wife and daughter. My daughter Arihi held me in a supportive quiet manner but then she herself broke down. I am very honored to be giving a presentation at the Society of Teachers of Family Medinine in a few weeks on a project inspired by Maria. Words don't express my level of sadness.
Maria was a wonderful, caring, thoughtful and elegant woman.She always had a smile.She loved the homemade mexican candies from 18th st.and buttercream cake from costco, she loved the corner of the cake.Family Medicine will not be the same, You were and will continue to be our Family.Thank you for all the love for Me and my Family. Mr & Mrs.Devens and Family my love and thoughts are with you.
Thankyou from the bottom of my heart, for touching my life and so many others with your
Genuine , BEAUTY, KINDNESS and COMPASSION. I know one thing for sure if someone were to ask be to describe an ANGEL . I would smile and tell
them about my Cousin Maria.
Words now seem so completely inadequate. Aunt Mary Lou, Uncle Bob, Jenny, and Bobby, I can not begin to fathom the depth of your sorrow. I hope it comforts you to know that however short Maria's time was here, she made a profound difference in the lives of so many, and because of her teaching, her impact will continue to be felt in countless lives. That is an inspiration. Her life's work, dedication, kindness, perseverance, strength, hopefulness, faith - she will always be a north star, ever guiding us in the right direction. You are all in my heart, in my thoughts, and in my prayers. I know that your faith, family, friends, your memories and pride in who Maria is, will sustain you in your grief. Know that you are loved. I miss you all. Mimi and family
Dr. Devens, you have touched so many lives and helped them remain optimistic in various aspects of their lives. I am so proud to have you be part of my life, and you will always remain one of the most encouraging, enthusiastic, and everlasting role model for me.
The color purple just got a bit duller, my deepest sympathy.
To the entire Devens family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Maria. She is such an inspiration for her strength and perseverance. Though I didn't know her in our adult lives, I'll always remember her as Jenny's 'cool and pretty' big sister. I will keep you all in my prayers. Peace.
Maria was a dear friend and colleague. I feel fortunate to have known her. Besides her excellence as a professional, she was a fun loving friend. I miss her laughter, her presence and her friendship. Over the decade-plus time I knew her, she was always elegant and graceful. My sincere condolences to Maria's family. In time, I hope her memory brings smiles not tears.
Love and prayers.
Our condolences to the entire Devens family. I'm sure Maria was comforted by your love and light throughout her life, and in her final hours.
I will forever admire the way Maria battled this terrible disease with grace and dignity.
May she rest in peace, and peace to you all.
Dear Uncle Bob, Aunt Mary Lou, Jen and Bob,
I join our large extended family in grief over our sweet cousin Maria's passing. My heart just aches for all of you. The old southern gospel song,"Where Could I Go, But To The Lord", was written for times like this. Maria's Sweet,Sweet Spirit will always be with us. All my love and prayers.
it was an honor to have been one of Maria's teachers and mentors and to have continued to enjoy her friendship over many years. My heart goes out to the family who she loved so deeply and who loved her so well.
I was fortunate to have known you for the last 13 years and each time I think of you I always smile. You are the most loving, caring person I have ever known and I miss you already. I know I am better person for having you in my life. Any time I need a smile I will think of you and your little "Dance of Glee." When I see purple, you will be my 1st thought. Without you the world is little darker place. You are loved and will be missed terribly.
So sorry to hear about Maria, a wonderful MAA friend.
To Bob, Mary Lou and the Family, Maria's passing shall diminish the lives of all who knew her and my heart felt condolences to you for this tragic loss. I was privileged to call Maria "friend" and share a small part of her kindness, wisdom, gentleness and divine friendship. Hers was but a brief flicker of a candle meant to shine light on the lives of many. Brief but beautiful and the memories shall not lose their warmth and brightness. Good bye dear friend.
I am so sorry for your great loss. While your time with Maria was not nearly long enough, I hope all the wonderful and cherished memories help you through this difficult time. She will be deeply missed and her love and amazing impact on everyone's life will always be remembered. Prayers and throughts, Andrea
You deeply touched my life, I will be forever grateful.
My deepest sympathy to Maria's family and friends, Maria was a teacher, mentor, colleague and amazing friend to me. When I began my job as a behavioral scientist and Balint group leader she did not hesitate to give me her support, welcome and knowledge. She was a gracious and generous host to our Chicago Behavioral Science Consortium, and she had the highest ethical standards as a teacher and professional. I have personally lost a pillar of my formation as a professional, I am going to miss her, and as a tribute to her life I will continue to uphold her values throughout my professional career. She left this world better then she found it. Thank you Maria and thank you to your family!
Your loss brings us great sorrow,are prayers are with you and yours.
Love, Dan & Brenda Gorecki
To my beautiful and brilliant cousin, Maria - You are the most inspiring individual I have ever met in my life. You shine like a brilliant diamond - on earth and now in heaven. I look forward to being with you again on the other side. Until then, I will carry you in my heart. Nothing but love for you and your family. I am truly grateful and blessed to have known you and to be a part of such an awesome family. LOVE YOU!!!
I am so very sorry. Please know that Legacy is thinking of you and your family at this time. Take care.
I am so sorry for your loss. Very sad day. Uncle Bob and Aunt MaryLou, I lost a stepchild 10yrs ago and still feel the pain, but try to remember the wonderful times. Godbless. Prayers and thoughts with you all.
In addition to being a wonderful person, Maria was an invaluable and irreplaceable teacher and supervisor in my Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at UIC. Many of my Fellows, as well as Family Medicine residents, are better practitioners because of their work with Maria. In a sense, she lives on in the impact she's had on their lives and work. I will profoundly miss her wisdom, energy, dedication, and support.
My Condolences to you and your family DR. Devens was my coleague here at UIC Medical Center. she was a beautiful and wonderful person with excellent Dr. skills, she will be missed deeply. I will never forget her...in her honor i am doing a photo of her and a special prayer of her And it will be placed in her office, because we still call her office; Dr. Devens office.
Maria was a wonderful colleague at UIC. We shared an abiding interest in psychology and improving the well-being of our students and residents as well as patients. We also shared delight in wearing a particular shade of lilac! We would tease each other about being "purple ladies." With appreciation and respect, my condolences to her family, friends, students, and colleagues. We will miss her very much.
At all times, I was able to get a great big hug from Maria no matter how she might have felt. She touched my life and the life of many in such a wonderful way. She exuded warmth in her smile and in her colorful dress. Maria - The ultimate professional. Thoughts of her will always bring Joy! Much Love! Condolences!
Javette C. Orgain, MD MPH
UI Mile Square Health Center
Maria radiated Love and Kindness. May her gentle spirit live on in all of us. I pray for peace for Aunt Mary Lou, Uncle Bob, Bobby and Jenny.
Kitty Devens Zurkowski
Farewell, Maria…we never did make it one more time to Bistronomic for our regular dinner with red wine, but we'll make up for it when we meet again on the other side! Thanks for so many wonderful times together over many years. I was truly privileged to know you as a colleague at the University of Illinois and as a dear friend. When you fell ill, you fought incredibly hard and inspired everyone with your determination. Thank you for having been the bright light that you were in this world, and I will miss you.
Bob, Mary Lou, Jen, Bobby, and family—my deepest sympathy to you, and may God help you through this difficult time.
Maria touched many people during her lifetime, but it was her fighting spirit that I will remember and will live on forever. She was a passionate and caring woman who put forth 100% in the care of her patients and to all the residents she educated. She was a role model for myself and the many others that were lucky to spent time with her. MaryLou, Bob, and the entire family I wish you support and strength during this difficult time. I will remember her smile and beautiful generous heart. I will miss her immensely.
We were lucky to known Maria. She had soft spot in her heart for her family. Have only known her for a short time but touch my heart by kindness, and contagious smile.
Now she's with God and our guardian angel. Prayer's to her family.
Marian and Tim Sounde
One of life's unexpected joys is to find a true friend in your late 30s, early 40s. Cliche as it reads, I was blessed, I was blessed, I was triply blessed by my friendship with Maria. May we meet again.
My condolences to the entire Devens family. Maria was one of my favorite residents at James Kilmer. No matter what she was going through, she kept a smile on her face. She will be missed by all of us here at the James Kilmer Condo Association!!!
Maria was a beautiful woman in every way. I loved just being in her company. She had grace, style, empathy, a kind heart. I am blessed having known her and worked with her for a brief time. To her family, I offer you my sincere condolences. I will treaure the memory of my meetings with her.
Mary Ann O'Reilly, former colleague at UIC
To the entire Devens family, you are an amazing family who has struggled mightily for a long time. Maria was a beautiful person inside and out who will be greatly missed. I am forever grateful and honored that I was able to see Maria and say good-bye to her. I will always think of her fondly when I wear purple.
We remember Maria from her years at At. Chrysostom's. We will miss her. Suzanne and Jim Neaylon
I am very saddened by the loss of such a wonderful person. Dr. Devens was truly a beautiful person inside & out. Her warm spirit and smile will be missed, DFM will not be the same without her. My condolences to her family.
Dear MaryLou & Bob
No life well lived is ever truly lost. May the many special memories of your beautiful Maria comfort you & your family & bring you joy in the days to come. Our love & thoughts are with you.
In deepest sympathy, Carole & Paul
Maria touched so many lives in her quiet, sweet way. She will be missed!
My deepest sympathy on the passing of Maria.
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away". May you hold on to all the wonderful moments you've shared together.
Maria was a valued colleague, who was highly respected for her clinical skill, professionalism, and compassion for her patients, students, and friends. I feel privileged to have known her and worked with her, and will miss her greatly.
Maria , You were always a sweet and gentle soul, with a ready smile and big hug. I know you are now at peace and are probably jogging around Heaven with one of the loved ones waiting to welcome you. Bob, Mary Lou and family you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know the beautiful memories you have of Maria will comfort you. Love, Aunt Rose
I had the real privilege of working with Maria as a colleague and friend through the American Balint Society. Her energy and enthusiasm were boundless and matched only by her wisdom. She taught me something every time we worked together leading groups or planning events. I will miss her greatly!
There are no adequate words to express our sorrow. Our hearts are heavy and our prayers go out to Mary Lou, Bob, Jenny and Bobby. Maria was one of the sweetest and strongest women I have ever known. Our consolation is in knowing that she is no longer in pain and is now at peace.
Love, Mary Jean & Jerry Busking
I was blessed to take care of Maria... She was so strong and a fighter. My prayers with her dad, mom and family and friend
Maria, my sweet, beautiful cousin. I know you are singing with the angels. You were one of a kind and will never be forgotten. Your positive outlook was wonderful to see. Uncle Bob, Aunt Mary Lou, Bobby and Jenny-keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Love you, Cathy
Jen, this is Lori Kristofka (mom of Mikey from Pre-K last year at FTCNS). I heard about your sister from Laura Maye. Our deepest sympathy for you and your family. I am very close to my sister too and can imagine the difficulty of this loss for you. Our prayers are with you.
Our deepest sympathy to Bob and Mary Lou and your family
Bob and Kathy McGonagle(friends from Riviera)
I knew Maria for over a decade and was privileged to be her colleague and friend. We shared many stories of life, personal struggle and triumph! We also shared our strong interest for the French language (I am a native of Montreal, Canada). Maria, I will always love and miss you. Je t'aime...
To Maria's family: I worked with Maria over the last several years at UIC. She is the definition of dignity and professionalism and just plain sweetness--a true star. She will not be forgotten.
My thoughts and prayers are with the your family in this difficult time. Maria had a tough road the last few years and I know she fought hard. Keep her memories alive and best wishes for the family. Dan
We miss Maria and find comfort in knowing that she is at peace and in the loving company and embrace of grandma and other family members and friends. We will see you again, dear Cousin. Much love always.
Maria, you were a great teacher and friend. Thank you for everything! You will not be forgotten.
It's so evident from the photos the vibrance that Maria emanated. It is so very sad to comprehend that such a beautiful woman has left this world. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with Jennifer and the Devens Family.
Maria...you battled and never quit. You are beautiful and we love you.
Love AR, Uncle John, Kate and Sarah
To my beautiful daughter Maria, who I will love and cherish forever . The past 3 1/2 years have been a struggle and now you are at peace. You will always be in my prayers. Love Mom
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Maria. My heart goes out to Marylou and Robert and the whole family. I feel privileged to have been able to do a service for her. The staff of Mario Tricoci sends ther sincere condolences.
Lori Gedraitis. (Star)
Prayers to you, Uncle Bob, Aunt Mary, Jenny and Bob. Maria was special and brought so much to everyone.