Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Kane County Coroner’s Office was able to reunite a 70-year-old daughter with the missing cremains of her mom.
According to a Coroner’s Office news release, the cremains of Ursula Staack, along with 15 others, were scheduled to be interred in a ceremony planned for May 31 at the St. Charles Township Cemetery North mausoleum.
Staack’s name was clearly marked on the cremains container but there were no other identifying details — no date of birth, no date of death and no known next of kin.
Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said he decided to do another search to see if he could find any additional information on Staack and possibly locate her next of kin.
“We are the guardians of the deceased, and we must do our due diligence in locating next of kin, even if he or she isn’t from our area,” Russell said.
Russell entered Staack’s name in an investigative database and was able to find out that she died on Sept. 3, 2009, in Streamwood. He was then able to locate Tina Moe, Staack’s 70-year-old daughter, who lived in an assisted living facility in nearby Rolling Meadows.
On Friday, Russell traveled to Rolling Meadows to present Moe with her mother’s cremains.
According to an article in the Daily Herald, Moe said her mother’s cremains had gone missing in 2014 when Moe had to move out of her apartment. The cremains ended up at a local Goodwill. Employees called police, and the police took the cremains to the Kane County Coroner’s Office, where they had rested ever since.
“With all the craziness in the world this is a really nice thing to have happened,” Moe told the Daily Herald. “It goes to show you there are still good people left in the world.”