Ortiz, MaryMary L. Ortiz, 80, passed away in her home surrounded by loved ones on the morning of Monday, August 13th.

Mary was born July 20, 1938 in Elgin to Joseph and Caroline (Rodriguez) Torres. She was a graduate of St. Joseph Catholic School. In her later years, she worked at Shedds a division of Van den Bergh Foods Company, where she retired from. Mary was a sassy, independent and strong-willed woman. She loved spending time with family while sitting on her backyard deck listening to music. Mary was a lifetime resident of Elgin.

She was preceded by her parents, and siblings Connie Gonzalez, Rosary (China) Flores, and Jesse Torres.

She is survived by her daughter, Juanita (Junior) Casas; three granddaughters Cecilia, Sabrina and Loraina Casas; her sisters Josephine (Nena) Lopez, Frances Selio, and Clara Gutierrez; nieces Christina and Melissa Selio and nephew, Joseph Selio, as well as many other beloved family members.

Visitation and funeral service will be held at O’Connor-Leetz Funeral Home, 364 Division St., Elgin. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 16 from 4:00p.m. until 8:00p.m. The funeral service  will be on Friday, August 17, at 10:00a.m. with Father Robert Camacho officiating.

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