Mary Ann Dombrink-KurtzmanDOMBRINK-KURTZMAN

Mary Ann Dombrink-Kurtzman was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.  She passed away Saturday, March 11, 2023 in Chicago, IL at the age of 84.

She was born on August 11, 1938 in Oakland, CA, the daughter of the late Mary and Henry Dombrink, Jr.  She married Cletus P. Kurtzman on August 4, 1962.

Surviving are her children, Mary (Thomas) Heffernan of Chicago, IL, Mark (Sharon) Kurtzman of Riverwoods, IL, and Michael (Meehyun) Kurtzman of San Rafael, CA.  Also surviving are five grandchildren, her sister Kathleen Dombrink of St. Louis, MO, brother John Dombrink (Maya Dunne) of Laguna Beach, CA, brother-in-law Jeff Green of Oakland, CA and her sister-in-law Carol Kurtzman of Sebring, FL and many extended family members and friends.  She was predeceased by her husband Cletus P. Kurtzman, sister Patricia Dombrink, brother Henry Dombrink and granddaughter Terese Heffernan.

Mary Ann earned her undergraduate degree from Holy Names University, her master’s degree from Purdue University and her Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Mary Ann dedicated the majority of her career to working as a research chemist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-ARS in Peoria, IL, focused on food safety.  She authored many research works, receiving more than 1,000 citations.  In addition to raising a family and enjoying a successful career, Mary Ann was also actively involved in a number of causes.  She was a member of the League of Women Voters, worked for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and volunteered at the George Washington Carver Community Center which focused on the education and development of under-privileged children.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mary Ann’s name may be given to the Purdue University, Women in Science Programs, designed to build a sense of belonging, facilitate relationships, share information, and provide support that enhances the personal and professional identities of women in science.

A celebration of Mary Ann’s life will be held on Saturday, May 20th, 2023.  The day will begin with chapel prayers at 10:30am, held within the Chapels and Administration Complex building at All Saints Cemetery, 700 N. Rand Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016 (Please use cemetery office parking lot upon arrival).  An interment at the gravesite will follow.  A reception will be held from noon – 3:00pm at Paulie’s Neighborhood Restaurant & Wine Bar, The Glen Town Center at 1820 Tower Dr., Glenview, IL 60026.  To share memories and condolences with the family, please visit