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Downers Grove, Illinois

1928 - 2019


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Toon Funeral Home - Downers Grove Obituary

MARY LOUISE CORN age 91, a longtime Downers Grove resident passed away peacefully on August 13, 2019. Beloved wife for 54 years to the late Robert E. Corn (2010), married June 1956. Loving mother of Ronald Edward (Deanne) Corn, Elizabeth Louise (Paul) Coz, Cathryn Mary (James) Tomei and Melissa (Erik) Soyland; cherished grandmother of Ryan, Anne, Mitchell, Colleen, Ellen, Melanie, John, Jared and Steffen; dear sister of Mildred Emmons. Memorial donations would be appreciated and may be made to Heifer International, Habitat for Humanity or the donor’s favorite charity. Funeral services were private. For additional information OR 630-968-0408.

Mary Louise was born January 15, 1928 in Elmhurst, Il to Ralph and Berta Olsson.  She graduated from York High School in 1945 and Elmhurst College in 1949, majoring in speech therapy.  She worked in the Bensenville school system for a short time before joining Jimmy Spitalny’s “All Girl Employment Agency” where she quickly rose to General Manager and was used in marketing under the moniker of “Mary Marlowe, Career Girl”.  She left that role to focus her love and attention on her growing family.  In the 1980’s she returned to teaching Language Arts and Social Studies at O’Neill Junior High School for over a decade and then continued her passion for education as a substitute teacher and volunteer tutor until 2009.

She will be remembered fondly by all she touched as a deeply caring person giving of herself to friends and family as well as through St. Andrews Episcopal Church, the DG Junior Women’s Club, Meals on Wheels and numerous other educational and charitable organizations, including sponsoring a scholarship for educators at Elmhurst College.   She was a very social person who enjoyed life to the fullest, loving outdoor activities such as tennis, swimming and skiing as well as travelling the world with her beloved husband, Bob. Mary Louise will be deeply missed by family, friends, ex-students and anyone she touched with her cheery and caring spirit.    

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So sorry to learn of your loss. I was privileged to work with Mary Louise in District 58. May she Rest In Peace.

I am so sad the world has lost Mary Louise! I had her for middle school LASS in 1992 and she will always be remembered as a sweet, sweet teacher. I am now a middle school teacher at O'Neill and on my bad days I try to remember how Mrs. Corn never failed in her kindness and nor should I. She had a wonderful spirit and I will miss her bright smile! May peace find her family and friends. My deepest sympathies, Sarah

Beth and Family, I not only had the pleasure of working with your mom at O'Neill Middle School but, I also had the opportunity to meet your mother through Beth when we were teenagers in high school. I can still remember going to your house after a high school dance and your mom just loved having us all there. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I wish you my best. Barbara Manley (Peterson)

I have great memories of good times with Mary Louise & her late husband Bob and their children. Swim meets at the pool, tennis, dance club, couples bridge, dinner parties, the list goes on. I moved to Texas in 1980 but will never forget good friendship. Prayers for comfort for the family.
Pat Quigley

Ron, Beth, Cathy and Melissa, I'm so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I remember your Mom most for her beautiful, bright smile. What a great block of neighbors to grow up among!

I had Mrs Corn in junior high around 1984. She was an amazing teacher and a wonderful woman. I thoroughly enjoyed her class and how well she treated us. She is probably part of the reason that I am a teacher today. I am so sad to see that she has passed away.

We are so sad to hear of Mary Louise passing. She and Bob were our dearest friends. Mary Louise did live life to its fullest when she was able. She always looked at life from the bright side. She was the most loving and caring mother and grandmother.

Mary was such a sweet, kind, funny, and hospitable soul. When I think of Chicago, I will always think of her and Bob. What a great, loving couple. And now I know why Bob would often call her Marlowe. I never knew until now. Another endearing memory. God's blessings, peace, and hope are being prayed for the family.

Im so sorry for y'alls loss. Parents are trunks of the tree we grow from, so losing a mom is never easy. Remember those we love dont go awaythey walk beside us every day, and their memories remain in our heart. May loving memories heal your pain. Peace be with all!