Obituary: Mary Rousonelos

Mary Rousonelos (nee Tsongranis), 80, a resident of Alden Assisted Living in Aurora, a longtime resident of Plainfield since 1967, formerly of Joliet, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, at her home in Aurora, surrounded by her family, after a long illness. She was born May 10, 1936 in Salamanca, NY.

Beloved wife of the late Andrew G. “Andy” “Styke” Rousonelos, whom she married June 26, 1955 and who preceded her in death on October 12, 2013, loving mother of Katina (Mike) Sillar of Plainfield, Gus (Georgia) Rousonelos of Naperville, Emmanuel (Irene) Rousonelos of Oak Brook, Anna (Kent) Alcott of Batavia, Andy (Dawn) Rousonelos of Plainfield, Elaine Kalantzis of Naperville, Stan Rousonelos of Hawthorn Woods and Kally Rousonelos of Naperville; adored grandmother of Bill, Michael and the late Andrew Sillar; Katherine, Maria and Andrew Rousonelos; Maria (Niko) Makarios, Konstantina (Matthew) Gladstone; Andrew and Mary Alcott; Alyssa, Kristen, Andy and the late Katlyn, Amanda and Christopher Rousonelos; Maria and Paige Kalantzis; Andrew, Cici and Sophia Rousonelos, cherished great-grandmother of Nektarios, Eirini and Paisios; devoted daughter of the late Emanuel and Kalotina Tsongranis, dear sister of Stella Argoudelis of Plainfield, Nick (Dora) Tsongranis of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and the late Rev. George (the late Sophie)Tsongranis, Mike (Sylvia) Tsongranis, Kally (Steve) Panagiotis and Nickey Tsongranis; sister-in-law of Sugar (the late Richard) DeJarld of Shorewood, and the late Peter (the late Anna) Rousonelos, Anne Scaropoulos, Marge (the late Pete) Apostolou, Michael (the late Martha) Rousonelos and Stanley (the late Nola) Rousonelos; fond aunt and friend to many including many new friends at Alden Assisted Living.

Mary grew up in Tarpon Springs and was a graduate of Tarpon Springs High School. Her passion for singing started at a young age in the St. Nicholas Cathedral choir. She was a member of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Joliet and St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, Aurora. Mary, along with her husband, was endlessly devoted to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary’s home was open to many visitors who enjoyed her delicious cooking and baking. She enjoyed family vacations and can’t wait to tell her husband the Cubs finally won the World Series.

Visitation was May 14 at Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 15219 S. Joliet Rd., Plainfield.

Funeral Services were May 15 at St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 1855 5th Ave., Aurora, with Fr. Peter Spiro and Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth officiating.

Interment: Wheatland Township Cemetery, Naperville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to: St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 1855 5th Ave., Aurora, IL 60504, (630) 851-6106, or Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, 28W770 Warrenville Rd., Warrenville, IL 60555, (630) 836-1319, or Foundation Fighting Blindness, 7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, MD 21046, (800) 683-5555,

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