Maureen Kuzniar was the quintessential mom who was always putting other people before herself, her daughters said.
“She was always looking out for everyone,” said her daughter, Karin Tweedie. She always took time to clip articles to send to people, give gift cards and think about what others needed. “She was really special.”
Daughter Kristin Kuzniar said her mother was always forgiving of others.
“She never went to bed mad at anybody,” she said.
Maureen “Mimi” Kuzniar, 69, of Crown Point and formerly of Calumet City and Lansing, died June 1.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Stanley Kuzniar, in 2012.
The couple were best friends, and did everything together. They traveled extensively, going to car shows to pursue his hobby of antique cars, as well as trips around the country to Arizona, California and Florida.
Tweedie said her mother was always friendly and talkative with strangers.
“She would start conversations with people on a train or in line at the store,” she said. “She was always personable and friendly and liked meeting new people.”
Kuzniar said her mother loved chocolate, loved dogs and loved to shop and go to arts and crafts fairs. If she wasn’t with her husband, she was usually with her sister, Karen Lochte.
She also loved her annual girls get-away to Michigan, her daughters said.
She was initially diagnosed with cancer in 2008, but after being in remission for several years, it returned in March 2012. Even as her health worsened in the final month of her life, she never lost her positive attitude.
“She was a fighter, and wanted to do what she could,” Kristin Kuzniar said. “She never thought of quitting.”