Mary Catherine Herlihy Wiedlin, November 10, 1923 – June 20, 2020. Born in Chicago, the precious only daughter of Norman Herlihy and Bernice Ergang, sister of Norman Jr., Thomas and Daniel, who died in infancy. Mary attended St. Cornelius school, Notre Dame High School and Barat College and sadly outlived them all. She grew up in Forest Glen, lived there most of her life and was its greatest fan. She was a person who was always making new friendships and maintained them throughout her life. Marriage to Roy F. Wiedlin began on July 26, 1947, produced 9 children, 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and countless honorary and cherished friends. Mary and Roy oversaw, and actively aided and abetted, the love, laughter and noise produced by this gang until he died in 2006. Their door was always open and Mary opened her arms and heart to everyone who came through. Mary worked many wonderful years for the Indian Desk of the National Lutheran Council in downtown Chicago. She was a lifelong and enthusiastic Catholic, Democrat and Chicagoan, an environmental advocate, long before most people knew about such a thing; a passionate political reader, a longtime fan of “her friends” at WTTW, supporter and discusser of events; a lover of the stage and screen and books and yearned always to be at the beach and “her” Lake Michigan. She was sure that Bridge, Scrabble and the NY Times Crossword puzzle had kept her sharp for all of her years and was still working on moves as she lay dying surrounded by her family, whom she was intent on besting with those moves. Mary was, in her own words, “Happy all the time.” More than anything she loved her life and her family and we all knew it.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Bernice, Roy and Genevieve Wiedlin, her parents-in-law, beloved siblings Norman (Dorothy), Tom (Joan) and Danny Herlihy, in-laws and lifelong friends, Rosemary and Dick Willis and Bob and Betty Wiedlin, beloved son, Mike, granddaughter Sarah, grandson Matt and step-grandsons Michael and Junior. Mary is survived by her children, Maddy (Bill), Julie (Mike), Monica (John), Barb, Marte, Jerry (Connie), Paul and Regina; her grandchildren, Martha (Julien), Libby, John, Peter, Ethan, Mary (Jose), Clare (Charlie), Jimmy, Kitty, Regina, Charlie, Patrick, Danny (Michela), Angela (Joe), Jennifer, Yazmin, Mahin, Dinaz, Alex, and so many darling great-grandchildren. She will no longer be on the porch to greet us and Scrabble will be a different experience but Mary has made our lives and we are forever grateful.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 27, at 10:30 am, at St. Cornelius Church, 5430 W. Foster Avenue in Chicago. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s name to WTTW – Chicago, 5400 N. St. Louis, Chicago, IL 60625-4698, or online at interactive.wttw.com, or to Catholic Charities, 2050 Ballenger Ave., Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314.
May She Rest In Peace.
we shall all miss her joy and laugh
We all were so blessed and lucky to have her in our lives. She was a beautiful woman and an extraordinary human being who will be missed. Love and hugs to her wonderful children. ❤️
Mary embodied what a good human being should be. So so very lucky and glad to have made her acquaintance.
She sounds like such a passionate and involved woman. Julie, you have those wonderful qualities and I’m sure your siblings also share them. What a marvelous legacy. God bless her and all of you. Peggy and Don Jorgensen
Mary I’m so sorry to hear about you mother. I will keep her and your whole family in my prayers.
Dear Barbara , this is Luann Spalla Pomeraning from grammar school. I hope you remember me.
I was so saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a beautiful woman both inside and out. Please accept my deepest condolences. Sincerely Luann
Sorry to hear of her passing. She was always so full of life. I still have her Chicago posters hanging in my house. It is truly the ending of an era…
A richer life no one can have. The prettiest and best dressed MOM in church as I recall from childhood. My condolences for your loss but Know your mom, Mrs. Wiedlin will forever be my mentor on how to live life. Anne Froelich