Obituaries

Mary Ann Striedl

November 28, 1940 - May 11, 2022

Mary Ann Striedl

Born to Joseph and Marie Rothermel on November 28, 1940, Mary Ann Striedl (81) died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, May 11th after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  Raised in Milwaukee, Mary Ann was an only child, but grew up surrounded by the love and affection of many aunts, uncles, and cousins.  The family lived in a four-flat in a polish neighborhood on the south side of Milwaukee, where Mary Ann attended the local public school for a couple of years.  By second grade, though, she had learned to navigate the public bus system, and was enrolled at St. Gerard Catholic school a few miles away.  She graduated 8th grade from St. Gerard’s, and then attended St. Mary’s Academy, an all-girls school run by the Sisters of the Order of St. Francis.  While in High School Mary Ann was active in many clubs and events and became a member of the National Thespian Society.  She graduated with high honors in 1958.  At that time her father took a new job, and moved the family to Geneva, Illinois.  Mary Ann enrolled in the University of Illinois in Champaign, and it was there during her junior year that she met the love of her life, Max J. Striedl, Sr.  Mary Ann graduated in 1962 with a degree in the Teaching of English, and she and Max were wed the following year, on June 22, 1963 at St. Peter’s in Geneva.  They immediately began living in Max’s hometown of Batavia, Illinois, and when their first child was born, Mary Ann became a full-time homemaker.  They raised their family of five in Batavia, and her family remained the center of Mary Ann’s life and heart all her days.  She loved being a mother, and never missed a school function or athletic event of any of her children.  She was the heart of the home and put all that she had into making sure her children had a happy and secure childhood.  She equally loved being “Nana” to her five grandchildren and showered them with the same love and devotion and attention she had given to her children.

In addition to her family, most important to Mary Ann was her Catholic faith, her Parish Family of Holy Cross in Batavia, the many friendships she formed along the way, and her love for her Lord, Jesus Christ.  A life-long Catholic, her faith was always at the center of everything Mary Ann did.  Growing up in Milwaukee, much of her family life revolved around St. Gerard’s, and she and Max did the same with their own family at Holy Cross.  Mary Ann chaired the Sunday Hospitality committee for more than 20 years and was the parish liaison to the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry for the same length of time, where she also served as the Pantry Treasurer for more than 10 years.  At Holy Cross she was a member of the Parish Council, an Extra-ordinary Minister of Holy Communion, served on the capital campaign committees for both the new church and new school, helped to chair the Holy Cross Bazaar in the early years, and then the annual Barn Sale in later years, and was a regular Adorer and member of various retreat teams.  She especially loved providing food for those in need, through her regular service at the Food Pantry, cooking meals for funeral luncheons and for Hesed House in Aurora and delivering “Meals on Wheels” for many years. 

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Marie, her husband, Max Sr., and her brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Mary Beth Striedl.  She is survived by her five children and their families, Rev. Max J. Striedl, Jr. of Elburn, Melissa Striedl of Aurora, Matthew (Sue) Striedl and their daughter, Rose, of Sugar Grove, Mark (Gretchen) Striedl and their children, Max and Olivia, of Lake in the Hills, and Mitchell (Sue Jin) Striedl and their children, Christopher and Joshua, of Wheaton; as well as her in-laws George (Shirley) Striedl of Batavia, and Frank (Chris) Striedl of Yorkville, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. 

Visitation for Mary Ann will take place on Wednesday, May 18th from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL beginning with a Wake Service at 5:00P.M. 

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, May 19th, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2300 Main St., Batavia, IL, a grave-side service will immediately follow at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia, IL.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary Ann’s name to Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia, the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, and Hesed House in Aurora.  For additional information contact Moss Family Funeral Home, 630-879-7900 or www.mossfuneral.com.      

Guest Book

  • Jennifer Pilarski Missy, Max, Mark, Matthew & Mitchell, I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your Mom. What an incredible life she lived, as is evident from her unending devotion to all of you and the Lord. I have long admired your entire family's devotion to your faith, as taught to each of you by your Mom and Dad through their dedication to all of you and the Lord, along with those of us who were witnesses to this. Please take comfort in knowing this, as you mourn her loss. Time, family, friends, and your especially your faith will help you get through this, and I will continue to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. May your Mom rest in peace.
  • Todd Schroeder My condolences to all of the Striedl family. What a role model for any family wanting to imitate all the good things Mary Ann & Max showed us, what a blessing to have known them.
  • Todd Schroeder My condolences to all of the Striedl family. What a role model for any family wanting to imitate all the good things Mary Ann & Max showed us, what a blessing to have known them.
  • Kathy Hubbard There are no words. MaryAnn was our dear friend for many years and a beloved Godmother to Elizabeth, our middle daughter. She was the finest example of what a Christian is and lived her faith unconditionally. Her earthly presence will be deeply missed but her spirit will live on. We have loved you so much but now your pain is over. Rest In Peace dear friend.
  • Elizabeth Bohler Thompson Words can’t describe how sorry I am at this loss. You’re in my prayers Striedl family. What a beautiful life she lived. I’m so very sorry for your loss.
  • Jeanne and Dave Leezer We are so sorry for the loss of your great Mom. She raised a wonderful family and made a loving difference in the world around her in so many ways. She had such a difficult story over the last years of her life and no one could have a more loving family to care for her in her struggles and continue to involve her in the good parts of life for as long as she could be part of those moments. Our thoughts and prayers are with you to be filled with God’s Grace as you celebrate your Mom’s life.