Obituary: Mary Kanakares


Mary Louise Kanakares, 91, of Davenport, passed away Sept. 11, 2020, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.  Due to COVID there will be a private service.  Burial will be at St. Ann’s Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Blue Grass, or a charity of your choice.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Mary Lou was born on April 8, 1929, to John Osmers and Edna Lindquist Osmers in Wilton Junction.  She was united in marriage to Gregory Kanakares on May 7, 1949, in Davenport; he preceded her in death in June 2016.  She graduated from Davenport High School. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Church and belonged to Mary’s Angels. Mary Lou loved to cook and bake, she made sure all her children had their favorite cookies during the holidays.  She would bake cookies for neighbors, friends, the children’s teachers and bus drivers.  Mary Lou was also a very creative cook and loved to knit, sew, and do crossword puzzles.

Survivors include her children Dan (Karen) Kanakares, Tom (Ardie) Kanakares, Diane (Rahn) Randolph, Theresa (Bill) Thompson, Matt (Julia) Kanakares, Paul Kanakares, Margaret (Alan) Dotts, and Andrew (Julie) Kanakares; 22 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; children: Peter Kanakares, Amy Hensley and an infant son; three brothers; and two sisters.


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