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Mary Lou (Studnicka) Caden was born in Oak Lawn, IL., a suburb southwest of Chicago. Later, the family moved to a farm in Palos Park, IL. Her Family included her late parents, John and Marie Studnicka; seven deceased brothers: Johnny, Frank, Mike, Bobby, Tom, Tony, and George; and her late husband, Paul J. Caden, who passed away in March 2003.
Mary Lou passed away November 21, 2014, and she left behind three daughters: Pauline (Indiana), Laura, and Elizabeth. They gave her seven grandchildren and at least six great grandchildren as of 2015. Her late husband, Paul J. Caden, had three daughters, five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
Most of her life, Mary Lou was active in bowling, softball, and golf. She also embroidered quilts and was a hospital/hospice volunteer. She was also active at Christ Lutheran Church in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. When Christ Lutheran started a Community of Joy mission church in Hot Springs Village, she went with them. She served on the church council, the altar guild, helped with communion, was a greeter, and made coffee at Community of Joy Church.
Mary Lou Caden, 83, of Hot Springs Village, passed away November 21, 2014.
She was born July 19, 1931 in Oaklawn, Ill., to John and Marie Studnicka.
Mary Lou graduated from Lindblom Technical, Chicago, in 1945. She played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League for the Grand Rapids Chicks, as ML Studnicka, from 1951-1953.
Mary Lou retired, after 28 years of service, from the Chicago Police Department.
She served as a Girl Scouts leader for more than 12 years and was a member and past president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 10483.
A charter member of Community of Joy Lutheran Church, Mary Lou served on the church council and supported a culture of volunteerism and service.
For more than two decades she volunteered at St. Joseph's Hospital and devoted many years of service to Arkansas Hospice, Village SCAT Transportation and the Boys and Girls Club.
She was predeceased by her parents; brothers, John, Francis, Carl, George, Robert, Anthony and Thomas; and husband, Paul J. Caden.
Loving survivors include her daughters, Pauline Pyzia . . , , Laura Pahr (James May) . . . , and Elizabeth (Lt. Col. (retired) Joseph) Terry . . . ; sister-in-law, Shirley Studnicka; grandchildren, Ginger, Michael, Anthony, Mary, Elizabeth, Daniel and Lauren; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Community of Joy Lutheran Church, Hot Springs Village, March 21, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
Guests may register at www.caruth-hale.com.
Author: Elizabeth Terry
Contributed By: Elizabeth Terry
Copyright: Hot Springs Village Voice, 12/9/2014