Mary Claire Quinn Olsson


Mary Claire Quinn Olsson passed away on November 18, 2017. At the time of her death she was the Vice-President of Ridge Historical Society.  She was President of RHS in 2005-2006.  Both before and after that time she was always actively involved in supporting our community and preserving our history.  Her service included leadership positions with BAPA and with the Morgan Park Junior Women’s Club.  Her efforts resulted the establishment of National Register Historic Districts in Beverly – Morgan Park and the landmarking of the Sacred Heart Church. After leaving BAPA she became the Assistant Director for the Chicago Department of Housing.  Through all her work she made a lasting difference.  Her experience and commitment as well as her advice will be missed.  

The Olsson family has requested that memorial gifts may be made to Ridge Historical Society. 

Her obituary from the Chicago Tribune follows. 

Mary Claire Quinn Olsson; Born December 7, San Francisco; passed away November 18, 2017 Chicago. Loving wife of 55 years to Kurt Olsson; Dear mother of Kevin (Lauri Beechler), Thomas, and Robert (Kristy); Beloved sister of Kathryn Napoli (Stephen), Peggy Masino (David), Thomas (Cheryl), James, and Michael; Proud grandmother to Ryan, Cailee, Connor, Ryan (Samantha), Keaton, Maria, and Anna; Great-grandmother to Brooklyn; Best Friend to many. Graduate of Visitation High School. Mary's devotion to her beloved neighborhood included Pres of the Ridge Historical Society and the MPJR Woman's Club, Asst Dir, Dept of Housing - Chicago, Assoc Dir, BAPA. Lobbied for the Ridge Historic District, originated the Ridge Run, and created The Irish Fest of BH/MP. Member of the Jackson Park Yacht Club. Visitation Monday 3 - 9PM; Funeral Tuesday, 9AM from Curley Funeral Home, 6116 W 111th Street, Chicago Ridge to St Cajetan Church, 2445 W 112th Street, Chicago; Mass 10AM; Internment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery; In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ridge Historical Society. Info 708-422-2700, or

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Nov. 19, 2017


RHS is seeking volunteers to help with the backlog of research request and history inquires. Are you interested in local history or enjoy solving mysterious? Know anyone who is?
Please contact the RHS office at 773-881-1675 or

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