Mary Frances Kuryliw, 80, of DeKalb, IL formerly of Harvard, IL passed away on
Monday, April 17, 2017 in DeKalb.
She was born on December 24, 1936 in Fairfax, MO to Herbert and Margaret (Brim)
Stoner. Mary lived in Harvard from 1941-2003; she attended the Harvard Schools and
graduated from Harvard High School. Mary worked for a local dentist for 11 years and
later worked as a secretary for the Harvard School District from 1978 until her
retirement in 2002.
From the age of 5 she was raised in the First United Methodist Church in Harvard and
continued to raise her own family there. She loved serving the Lord through UMW,
teaching Sunday School and being a loved youth group leader where she became
“Ma” to everyone. She enjoyed doing crafts, sewing, scrap booking and quilting;
however, her main passion in life was her family. She celebrated her life by sharing
stories of how much she loved God and her family. Her smile and laughter will be
greatly missed by all her family and friends.
On June 23, 1956, Mary married Walter Kuryliw in Fairfax, MO. He preceded her in
death on March 13, 1973.
Survivors include their children, Cynthia (Michael) Poelking, Chester (Renee) Kuryliw,
Herbert (Wendy) Kuryliw; eight grandchildren, Matthew (Megan) Poelking, Kevin
(Caitlin) Poelking, Michelle (Jackson) Govatos, Andrew (Jacky) Kuryliw, Jennifer and
Amy Kuryliw, Justin (Justine) Kuryliw and Jared (Maeva Demers) Kuryliw.
She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, and three siblings, Gary
(Barbara), Betty Ann (William) and Donald Gene.
A Gathering of Friends and Family will be from 4:30-7:00 pm Thursday, April 20, 2017
at The First United Methodist Church, 1100 N. Division St, Harvard, IL 60033. A
Celebration of Life will be 2 pm Friday, April 21, 2017 at the church. Inurnment will be
at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to be determined at a later date.
Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.saundersmcfarlin.net.
For more information, call Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home at 815-943-5400.