Mary S. Gaier
1922 - 2020
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Mary S. Gaier, 98, passed away on Oct. 22, 2020 in Park Ridge, Illinois. Born in Chicago on June 20, 1922, Mary was the beloved wife of the late Fred G. Gaier; mother of Lola (Doug) Hotchkis and the late Mari Moon Gaier; grandmother of Tori (Jerry) Engstrom-Goehry; sister of the late Jacquin Givers; aunt of Judy (Jim) Scott and Nancy (Joe) Jenkins. Mary was a graduate of the Chicago College of Naprapathy and worked with her husband in his corner pharmacy in Chicago. She also devoted many hours of volunteer work with many organizations. Mary will be remembered by her beautiful smile, love of family and the empathy she showed to everyone. A private memorial service will be held at Nelson Funeral Home on Oct. 26, 2020, it will be live streamed at 10:45 AM. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can go to Edgebrook Lutheran Church (5252 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60646) or Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care – Foundation (P.O. Box 74008824, Chicago, IL 60674-8824). For info 847-823-5122 or

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Published in Chicago Tribune on Oct. 25, 2020.
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October 26, 2020
Lola & Doug, It was a lovely service, for a lovely lady, with a lovely extended family! Please find some comfort in knowing Mary, along with all her loved ones are in our prayers for comfort and peace. Take good care,

Terry & Tim Koch
October 26, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Chip & Johnda Hurkmans
October 25, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I feel so very lucky to have known her and the times we enjoyed visiting during family functions. She will be missed by so many.
Linda Brinson
October 25, 2020
My deepest Sympathy to Lola, Torie and the entire Family. Mary was a kind and wonderful person who emitted radiance to everyone surrounding her thru her perpetual smile. As my neighbor in Edgebrook, I have know her for many years. Mary always had kind words and it was a joy to know her. May you have wonderful fond memories, and just know that her gracious spirit is always a smile away. She will be greatly missed by many.
Helen Catlin & Sons
October 25, 2020
Jim and I met Auntie Mary some time after 1991. We are friends of Nancy and Joe. Auntie Mary was one of the sweetest persons we've ever met. Such a wonderful smile and friendly disposition. We enjoyed spending time talking with her whenever we were all together. She will be greatly missed by us.
Vickie and Jim Georges
October 24, 2020
Lola, my heart goes out to you and your Family. I knew your Mom through you. Heard lots of great stories. You have lots of loiving, fond memories and I know you will keep her alive by always sharing them. Franchon
Franchon Lindsay
October 24, 2020
So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. We didn't know her well but enjoyed seeing and talking with her
at Judy's holiday get-togethers. She had the sweetest smile. May your cherished memories bring
you peace.
Judy and Bob White
October 24, 2020
Dear Lola, Doug and Family,
Grief can be so difficult, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your beloved mom today and always.
Sandy & Hank Nusko
October 24, 2020
Mary was a pleasure to know. We worked well together with the Edgebrook Woman's Club functions. With her winning smile, Mary made a person smile back. Happy thoughts.
Marti Corcoran
October 24, 2020
It was such a joy to know Mary for the last five years of her life at Avantara. She enjoyed very much attending the weekly bible studies and I loved her enthusiasm for them, as well as her constant smiles! She was an encouragement to me!
Beth Olson
October 23, 2020
Mary was a beautiful shining light anytime I was blessed with her presence. To meet her was to love her kind spirit. I will remember and carry the essence of who she was with me always. May all who loved her remember those hugs and her beautiful smile.
April Makay
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