Mary Lou Kuni



A celebration of Mary Lou’s life will be held on Friday, May 20th at 3pm

at the Retro Suites, in the Derby Room (2 King St West, Chatham, N7M 1C6).

With great sadness, the family of Mary Louise (Murphy) Kuni announce her unexpected passing, on Wednesday, December 1 2021, peacefully at home. Predeceased by her loving husband, Joseph William “Joe” Kuni in 2019.  Survived by her beloved children, David (Annie) Kuni, and Joëlle (Greg) Long. Proud Grandma to Matthew and Chloë Kuni, and Caleb Long. Also surviving are her sister Joanne, and brother Gerry, and several loving nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, Gordon and Stella (Brouillette) Murphy, sister Pauline, and brother Jim. She will also be missed by her loving sister in law, Gloria.

Mary Lou was born on Wednesday, October 16 1946, in Tilbury East Township. She was the youngest of five children. Mary Lou attended Tilbury District Middle School before moving to Chatham with her family. Continuing her schooling in Chatham, she attended Chatham Collegiate Institute. Like all things she did, Mary Lou excelled in her studies. Mary Lou was dedicated to her family of seven, and remained so throughout her life. It was during this time she met her husband, Joe.

Devoted to her husband and children, Mary Lou spent years weaving a household full of support, teaching, commitment, care, and love. Mary Lou was hired by the then Chatham Catholic Separate School Board. She continued on to the Addiction Research Foundation Chatham, before becoming the Executive Assistant Director at Community Living Chatham-Kent. She was a key person within the organization until retiring in 2013. Mary Lou was respected and admired by all of her colleagues, and was known for arranging social occasions.

Mary Lou enjoyed cooking throughout her life and was an accomplished gourmet. She was fond of sewing, and creating one off garments in her spare time. Mary Lou had a lifelong love of flowers, and truly delighted in any time spent gardening. She was unique in that she had two green thumbs as did her husband Joe. Whether bound for a meeting or an afternoon in the gardens, she was always chic in appearance and always beautiful. All aspects of her life were about giving, sharing, and loving. Both her smile and her hugs gave comfort long after receiving them. We miss you, Mom.

At Mary Lou’s wishes, cremation has taken place with a private family burial service at a later date. In her memory, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Chatham-Kent Hospice, or charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.


17 Comments on “Mary Lou Kuni”

  1. Dear Joelle, David and families,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was always so proud of you. Having worked with Mary Lou for so many years, I found that your tribute described her perfectly! I hope that your treasured memories of your Mom bring you some comfort during this difficult time and in the days ahead.
    With Sincere Sympathy

  2. Dear Joelle and David and families, Joanne and Gerry, I am so saddened to hear about Mary Lou. We worked together for over 15 years and she was my administrative supervisor at the Addiction Research Foundation. Mary Lou was respected and loved by all our staff. We became best of friends and often shared our family stories. I attribute much of my work success to her support and dedication. We were friends right until now and often talked. I will miss her. Rest In peace Mary Lou.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Mary Lou was a remarkable lady. I worked with her for a number of years and was always amazed at her ability to remain calm and strong in the face of pressure and confusion. I am sure you will all miss her very much.

  4. My condolences on the loss of your mother Mary Lou. I had the opportunity to meet and work with her while I was a Board member of Community Living Chatham Kent. She always had a smile and was so helpful in her role as Executive Assistant

  5. I was so shocked to read this. Mary Lou was a pleasure to work with at Community Living and was also a caring friend. My condolences to all.

  6. Joelle and David and Family,

    Mary Lou was wonderful and caring and loving person I got to know from working with at Community Living. She was helpfully person to know. I will miss talks with her on Facebook. Condolence to you all. I will be praying for you all during this sad time.

  7. It was a pleasure to have known Mary lou through David and Annie. She was an amazing and wonderful Mother and Grandmother.
    Our deepest condolences to the whole family .

    1. Dear Joelle, David and families,
      I was so heartbroken to hear of your loss. Your mom was such a wonderful and caring person who warmed many hearts, including mine.
      My condolences to you all as you go through this very difficult time.

  8. I was so sad to hear of MaryLou’s passing. Although we met as colleagues at CLC-K, we quickly became friends. We enjoyed chatting about flowers, reminiscing about old work stories, and the occasional lunch (pre-covid). I will miss her caring, positive and intelligent conversation and her wise counsel. She loved her family above all else. Sending strength and support.

  9. David, Joelle and Families
    It was with heavy hearts that we heard of the passing of your Mom, Mary Lou. Many memorable moments with your parents have touched our lives. These times will endure forever.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. David, Joelle and Families,
    I am so saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. I keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. David, Joelle and family I am saddened to read about the loss of your Mom! I have fond memories of great times with both your parents. Please cherish all the wonderful times!

  12. Dear David and Joelle,
    We were heartbroken to hear of your mother’s passing. She was such a kind, caring and sensitive woman, who was always focussed on your family. We remember with fondness and humour many special times spent with you and your mom and dad and hope that those memories will also comfort you during this most difficult time.
    Our sincere sympathies also to Joanne, Gerry and your extended family.
    With love,
    Steve and Patti

  13. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I was fortunate to know both Joe and Mary Lou. Joe was a friend and a former principal. As for Mary Lou, I knew her through my time with Community Living as an employee and board member. Requiescat In Pace.

  14. Dear David and family,

    We are very saddened to hear about the passing of your mom. Our deepest condolences, our prayers towards your family during these difficult times.
    May your mom rest in peace and we hope that you will find comfort soon within everything else that is dear to you.

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