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Grace Ann (McLaughlin) Donlin

September 5, 1944 ~ August 26, 2021 (age 76)


Grace Ann Donlin passed away peacefully in her sleep at home (exactly as she had planned) on Thursday, August 26, 2021, in Chicago, IL.  She is survived by her husband of 55 years, George and her children Leo (Christine), Catherine (Scott), and Nolan (Jennifer). She was also the proud “Grandma G” to six grandchildren Victoria, Raymond, Leo, Maeve, Amelia, and Molly.  She was predeceased in death by her sister, Noreen (John) Conway, her parents John and Catherine McLaughlin , survived by brother, James (Sara) McLaughlin, and many nieces and nephews. For all who were lucky enough to know her, she was as tough as nails and cared about everyone. 

To say that she cared about everyone is a bit of an understatement. If she saw someone in need, she always responded. What a person’s attributes or lifestyle choices had no bearing on whether she would assist them.  You could have pissed off Grace two seconds beforehand, and you would still receive her care.If you were a guest in her house, you were instantly family and god help you if you did not fully partake of her hospitality, she would let you know, in no uncertain terms (laden lovingly with expletives,) that you would better sit your @!? down. She always prepared too much food, likely to be ready for any unanticipated “family” stopping by and always had your favorite drink on hand. 

Grace was known, as well, for her impeccable style. When she entered an event, people could not help but look. Grace was always wearing something elegant and she wore it, for lack of a better word, gracefully. Even after she could no longer wow on her high heels, she would knock ‘em dead with her bold chartreuse flats.  George always jokes that everyone would try to look past him to make sure she was with him and to check out what she was wearing. Grace had many careers in her life, from working as a nurse, running a restaurant, or managing a large building condominium association. In all of work, her natural leadership skills, no nonsense attitude, and empathy assured that everyone knew that she was in charge.  Grace gave everyone around her, especially those that worked for her, the great gift of the honesty when they needed it and let them know how special they were. 

The visitation/wake will be at Maloney Funeral Home at 1359 W. Devon Ave. Chicago, IL on Monday, August 30th from 4pm to 7pm. COVID-19 protocols are in place at the funeral home. Masking is required by all people in attendance and visitation is limited to paying respects and guests will not be allowed to linger. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask you donate to the International Myeloma Foundation at the following website: https://www.myeloma.org/donate. All that knew her, loved her. She will be missed terribly. But, as she delicately put it, “get over it” and know that she always cared about you… “so there you go!”



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