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Maria Selz

Obituary of Maria Selz

Maria “Kitty” Cristina Selz, 72, formerly of Libertyville, passed away peacefully July 14, 2021 surrounded by her family. Kitty was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia. She struggled with illnesses as a young child, yet she loved her family, her home, visits to her aunts’ and uncles’ houses, and family trips to Cartagena. In her teen years, she lived with her Tía Maria and Tío Jack in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she graduated from high school. Afterward, she returned to Barranquilla and worked in education as a teacher’s aide. In 1969, while visiting her Tía Romana in Minnesota she met Tim, and they were married in Colombia in 1974. From that point on, she devoted herself entirely to her family; first her husband, then her children, and later her grandchildren. Kitty was kind and generous to everyone she met, and often was the life of the party. Ita, as she was affectionately called by her grandchildren, would light up the room with her radiant smile, her humorous stories, and her laughter. She had an unwavering faith in the goodness of God, which anchored her throughout her life in good times and bad.  

Kitty is survived by her dearest husband Tim of 46 years; her loving children Beatriz (Ray) Werner, Tim (Meghan), Catalina (Mark) Mildenberger and Pilar (Blake) Yanics; her cherished grandchildren Austin, Julia, Nora, Timmy, Marty, Charlie, Ellen, Penny, Jolene, Margot and Henrik; and her devoted siblings Mercedes, Isabel, Margarita and Roberto. She is preceded in death by her parents Manuel and Saturia Fernandez and her sister Beatriz Fernandez and brother Manuel Fernandez.

Visitation for Kitty will be held from 4:00-8:00 pm Wednesday July 21 at McMurrough Funeral Chapel, 101 Park Pl, Libertyville. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am Thursday July 22 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 121 E Maple Ave, Libertyville. Interment Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville. In lieu of flowers, memorials made to PKD Foundation https://myimpact.pkdcure.org , Justine's Light at http://www.justineslight.com or Operation Smile https://www.operationsmile.org. Funeral info (847) 362-2626. Please sign the guestbook at libertyvillefuneralhome.com  

Those interested in remotely viewing the Funeral Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church may do so by going to https://youtu.be/BsW1x2dp7ho

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Wednesday
21
July

Visitation

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
McMurrough Funeral Chapel
101 Park Place
Libertyville, Illinois, United States
8473622626
Thursday
22
July

Funeral Mass

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Saint Joseph Catholic Church
121 E. Maple Ave
Libertyville, Illinois, United States
Thursday
22
July

Interment

11:45 am - 11:55 am
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Ascension Catholic Cemetery
1920 Buckley Rd.
Libertyville, Illinois, United States