Anne Kerigan Canapary, 94, a longtime resident of Oak Park and River Forest, died August 10, 2022. Born in Brooklyn, New York on August 4, 1928, she attended St. John’s University in New York where she earned a liberal arts degree.
She and her husband Bob came to the Chicago area in 1955, where they raised five children and celebrated 65 years of marriage.
A true Renaissance woman, she was an avid learner, teacher, mentor, artist, calligrapher, bibliophile and Francophile. She also had a great love for all creatures, large and small, and often visited the Oak Park Shelter to comfort the animals.
She taught great books and French to elementary students and continued to be a mentor for many years. She took an early interest in the French language and was fluent by the age of 20. Her love of French culture and history has always been an important part of her life.
She enjoyed her travels to China, Turkey, Lichtenstein and Iceland, among others, but her favorite place was France where she fit in perfectly. She was honored to give travel advice to anyone visiting the country.
She had an extraordinary number of books on a wide range of subjects and used them to find answers to questions on a myriad of topics – no internet needed. Her interests and outgoing nature led to many lifelong friendships. Letter writing is a lost art, but she had multiple pen pals all over the world. Recipients always knew it was from her when they saw the beautiful envelope with her signature calligraphy.
She became a World War I expert because her father was a lieutenant during the war and often spoke about his experiences. She visited the battlefields in France and saw the village in which he was quartered.
Anne was predeceased by her husband, Robert; his son Richard; and his grandson, Lucas. She is survived by her children, Mary Anne, Sue (Mike), Jim (Linda) and Joanne (Greg); his grandchildren, Brock (Kara), Heather (Catherine), Jenny (Dave), Jackie (Charlie), Bob (Beth), Karen and Sean (Katie); his great-grandchildren, Joey, Madison, Annabelle, Clare, Maggie Jo, Evelyn and Micah, with another on the way.
Visitation will be held August 27, 2022 at St. Luke’s Church, 7600 Lake Street, River Forest from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Mass. The burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to the Animal Care League of Oak Park (www.animalcareleague.org) or the Infant Welfare Society (www.childrensclinicsiws.org).
Arrangements were made by Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home.