Mary Lou Wolff (nee Genova), 93, passed away peacefully at home on May 17, 2021. Loving wife of William Briant. Devoted motherof the late Edward (Chris), Christine, the late Eileen, Patricia (Jose Solis), Susan, Amy (Pablo Torres), Joseph, Matthew (Liz) and Elizabeth (Nick Speziale). Grandmother of Shawna, Scott, Kristen, Carlo, Joseph, Tony, Mino, Jennifer, Vincent, Julianna, Nicholas, and Luke. Great-grandmother of Mia, Noah, Oliver, Lucy, Rylie, Kora, Yara and Marcelino. Caring sister of the late Anthony and Veronica Genovacousin, aunt, and friend to many.Born October 2, 1927, to Anthony and Marguerite Genova, Mary Lou was a lifelong Chicagoan.As a teenager Mary Lou became active in the Young Christian Workers movement. After taking time to raise her large family, Mary Lou returned to her activism roots, joining the Mayfair Civic Association and later served as president of the Citizens Action Program, where she successfully campaigned against the building of the Crosstown Expressway in Chicago. Mary Lou worked tirelessly towards fair housing practices in Chicago and was featured in Studs Terkel’s American Dreams: Lost and Found. She later focused on neighborhood politics in Rogers Park and worked at the Chicago Department of Housing until retirement.
Mary Lou shared a passion for travel with her husband, Bill, and was a frequent visitor to Florence and Paris. She loved cooking and baking and delighted in preparing Italian feasts both savory and sweet. In her later years, Mary Lou enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Visitation on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 10:00 a.m. at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 6559 N. Glenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL. Mass following immediately at 11:00 a.m. Private interment at All Saints Catholic Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL.
Per COVID mandates, face coverings and social distancing practices will be in place. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, if attending in-person, please send contact tracing information to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary Lou’s memory to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (www.chicagosfoodbank.org) are appreciated.
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