Mary Louise Visteen

September 14, 1946 - December 2, 2012

Mary Louise Visteen, age 66, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich, IL.  She was born September 14, 1946 in Chicago. Mary met the love of her life, Bill while they were both actors at the Franklin Park Players Theater.  They were united in marriage on February 10, 1990.

Mary owned and operated her own professional chef and catering business, The Geneva Cookery, in Geneva.  Her educational background included studies in Foods and Nutrition from Mundelein College and Northern University.  She taught on the high school and junior college level for eleven years in addition to holding several department chairmanships.

In 1981, Mary began her own catering business, Unique Cuisine Restaurant and Catering, in Elk Grove Village.  From a modest beginning, Unique Cuisine grew into one of the area’s most will known and respected corporate caterers.  She received recognition and awards from a host of major corporations as one of the finest event coordinators and caterers in the Northwest Suburban Area.

In addition to her business prowess, Mary was very active in business and community affairs.  She served on the Board of Directors for The Greater O’Hare Association; she was an accredited member of USPCA, the United States Personal Chef Association, was a member of The Geneva Chamber of Commerce and was active in Geneva Women in Business.

She is survived by her beloved husband, William Visteen of St. Charles; her step-daughter, Victoria Blume of Oswego; her sister, Josephine (Michael) Argenti, brother Raymond (Joyce) Gosselin (both deceased); aunt of Michael (Judy) Gosselin, Nicolle (Erik) Niemann, Jane (Michael) Stump and Michelle ( Taylor) Hasting; great-aunt of seven –Taylor, Chandler, Riley, Hannah, Hank, Sullivan and Montgomery and many dear friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents. Father Raymond Jules Gosselin and mother Frances Elizabeth Cangialosi Gosselin.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Guest Book

  • Susan Wonders Stern I had often thought of Miss Gosselin over the years and wondered what became of her. I was sorry to read about her passing. She was my home ec teacher at GCHS (class of '72). I will always remember her joy and energy. She was the first teacher I wasn't afraid of. She also was responsible for my love of cooking. She gave me an A+ on my manicotti presentation which I still make to this day. Thanks Miss Gosselin. You are cooking for and entertaining the angels now. RIP.
  • Mary suwalski I just heard of Mrs. Visteen's passing and I'm so sorry for your loss. I had her as my teacher at GC and she was always a joy. Her smile in this picture is just like it was back in H.S.
  • Sheila OHara (GCHS 1972) My condolences to the Visteen family. Thanks for the wonderful memories, Ms. Gosselin.
  • Donna(Keturoskey)Truax An amazing women with a not only a passion for cooking, but a passion for life. She was absolutely infectious! To this day I have and use a wonderful white bread recipe I got from her in my foods class at GCHS. My belated sympathy and God's continued Blessings of warm and comforting memories.
  • Mary Johnson Butler So sorry to hear this news. Loved her smile, her friendly personality, her teaching. Class was always the best. I was part of a group known as The Big Four. We created such great memories. Wish we kept in touch after school. Miss Gosselin, you are truly missed!!!
  • Chris Francisco Sompolski I had Ms. Gosselin while attending Good Counsel High School (Class of 1972). I loved her and I loved her class! She was so down to earth and friendly and happy all the time. I love to cook because of her. She will be sorely missed.
  • Roxanne Bartol I remember our crash courses the last 2 weeks of school at Good Counsel High School in Chicago. I chose cake decorating one year and truly loved Ms. Gosselin's enthusiasm. For many years I decorated cakes for special occasions. Her favorite store for cake decorating supplies was Kitchen Kapers. I too became fond of the store. Alas the store closed and now another chapter has too. So sorry for your loss.
  • Gayle Glinka Weyland Ms. Gosselin was one of my favorite teachers at Good Counsel HS. If it wasn't for her, I would have never learned to cook. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I have fond memories of her and her classes. Her legacy lives on in her former students.
  • Donna Welch I remember Mary before her illness got the best of her. She was such an open and friendly person. She always seemed positive and happy and had that great smile. Rest in peace Mary.
  • Victoria Blume Mary was the life of the party. as well as the bell of the ball. She loved to have a good time and loved food, all kinds of food. She loved Christmas and lights! She had a great love for dogs as well! Mary, you are missed more then you will ever know. I love you. Victoria