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Obituaries 1980s

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  • Class of 1980

    Claire (Vlakancic) Thompson ​August 28, 1962 – September 11, 1988
  • Class of 1981

    Victoria (Cairo) Miller: A funeral Mass for Victoria A. 'Vici' Cairo Miller, 35, of St. Charles, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, at St. Patrick's Church in St. Charles. Born Dec. 5, 1962, in Park Forest, Mrs. Miller died Friday, July 31, 1998, at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. Burial will be in Prairie Cemetery, St. Charles Township. She graduated from St. Patrick's Grade School in St. Charles and Rosary High School in Aurora. Mrs. Miller was a member of St. Patrick's Church. She is survived by her husband, Robert; children, Robbie, Katie and Jack, all living at home; mother, Alice Cairo of St. Charles; father, Fred Cairo of Heber Springs, Ark.; brother, John (Jan) Cairo of Geneva; and sisters, Elizabeth (John) Eagan of Salt Lake City, Utah and Jacqueline (Daniel) Hubly of Naperville. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St., St. Charles, with a Liturgical Wake Service at 7 p.m. Contributions may be made to the Victoria Miller Scholarship Fund, c/o First Star Bank, 1500 Lincoln Hwy., St. Charles, IL 60174.

    Elizabeth R. "Beth" (Carlson) Wolding, 56, of Aurora, passed away on October 29, 2019 at Rush Copley Medical Center. She was born January 12, 1963 in Aurora, IL. Beth was a longtime member of Holy Angels Church. She was a graduate of Holy Angels Grade School and Rosary High School. She was employed over the years at Heartland Blood Center, Dreyer Medical Clinic, and Edwards Hospital as a cardiovascular technician. She is survived by her husband, Martin Wolding; her son, Bradley Christian Carlson; four sisters, Brenda (John) Merkel, Gayle Iennarella, Mary Vogt, Marti (Billy) DelNegro; a brother, Daniel (Sue) Carlson; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Carolyn (Vogel) Carlson; her brother, Robert Thomas Carlson in infancy; her brother-in-law, Tony Iennarella. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 Holy Angels Church at 10:00 AM; Fr. Michael Lavan will officiate with inturnment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial visitation will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 9:00 AM until the funeral hour at 10:00 AM, at Holy Angels Church 180 South Russell Avenue, Aurora, IL 60506. Arrangements are being handled by THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY, 220 North Lake Street, Aurora, IL 630-631-5500. Please visit our interactive website at www.daleidenmortuary.com where you may leave condolences for Elizabeth's family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Beth's name to Holy Angels Church. Published in the Aurora Beacon News on Nov. 6, 2019

    Janet Cibulskis (September 1, 1963 to May 9, 1984)

    Susan M. Edwards, 44, of Aurora, IL passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at Alden of Waterford following her brave battle with cancer. Susan was a teacher at Holy Angels School in Aurora for more than 20 years and assistant principal for the past 5 years. She was also the music director at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in North Aurora for more than 20 years. Susan was very active in her school, church, and the Girl Scouts of America. Her warm, inviting personality and eagerness to help everyone around her has endeared her to the countless people whose lives were brighter because of her. Her spirit will live on in the hearts of those she touched through education, music, and in all other aspects of her life. She is survived by her father and step-mother, James and Linda Edwards of Aurora; her sister, Peggy (David) Glenn of St. Charles; her brothers, Timothy (Peggy) Edwards of Aurora and Michael (Christine) Edwards of Naperville; three nieces, Sarah, Josie and Cecelia Glenn; two nephews, Matthew and Kyle Edwards; her uncles, Lawrence Edwards of Fort Meyers, FL and William (Ellen) White of Overland Park, KS; several Godchildren, and many close friends. We are truly blessed to have had her in our lives. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Kay (White) Edwards; as well as her paternal grandparents, Jean and Elmer Edwards; and her maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Agnes White. Funeral from THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY will be Monday, April 2, 2007 at 9:45 am to Blessed Sacrament Church at 10:30 am. Fr. John Slampak will officiate with interment at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, April 1, 2007 from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm at THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY.

    Patricia A. (Gilbert) Harvala, 50, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. She was born on March 12, 1963 to the late Glenn and Mary Lou Gilbert. Patti was a graduate of Holy Angels Grade School and Rosary High School. She married the love of her life, Robert R. Harvala, on September 2, 1989, and they spent the next twenty four happy years together. Patti was employed for thirty years at Reuland's Food Service. She attended Central Bible Church. Patti is survived by her husband, Bob Harvala; two sisters, Mary (Al) Cinto, Ellen Gilbert; three brothers, Jim (Laurel) Gilbert, Brian (Judy) Gilbert, Jay (Tracie) Gilbert; five nieces, Maggie, Anne, Megan, Amanda, Caitlin; three nephews, Matthew, Charlie, Brandon; her very special niece, namesake and "Best Buddy", Patti Cors; her parents-in-law, David and Donna Paris; two brothers-in-law, Gary (Suzy) Harvala, David Harvala; her grandmother, Dorothy Paris. She was preceded in death by her parents. Patti's family would like to thank her many friends from AID and AA for their years of support. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 17, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY, Tom Barron will officiate with interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. at THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY, 220 North Lake Street, Aurora. 630-631-5500. Please visit our interactive website at www.daleidenmortuary.com to leave condolences for Patti's family or sign the guest book. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the family would be appreciated.  Published in the Aurora Beacon News on Feb. 14, 2014

    Nancy Jane (Holm) Rowley, was absolutely the most loving wife, caring mother, thoughtful Nana, beloved sister, cherished daughter and loyal friend. Much too suddenly and too soon, she joined the angels and saints in Heaven on January 10, 2021, at the age of 56. She was a truly warm-hearted, kind and vibrant woman who left a positive mark on everyone she ever met. Born as the youngest of four children (Dave, John and Mark), Nancy made her way into the world May 1, 1964, to the proud parents, John “Jack” and Rita Holm, in the town of Geneva, Illinois. Nancy inherited her mother’s beauty, both inside and out, and her father’s quick wit. Jack and Rita instilled in Nancy a devout Catholic faith and strong emphasis on family. She attended St. Peter’s grade school, where she made many great friends. She recently attended a reunion of grade school friends at Swedish Days in Geneva and enjoyed seeing everyone.

    Nancy then attended Rosary Catholic High School where her fun-hearted spirit led to her involvement in cheerleading, poms (affectionately referred to as the “Bomb Squad”) and many other social events. She also excelled academically. Although always understated, Nancy would often remind Todd - later in life - that she was a member of the National Honor Society (and he wasn’t!). Her sweet personality and affinity to listen to others led her to making lifelong friends, especially a group of dear members of her “Rosary clique”, with whom she remained close to over the years and enjoyed many reunions and trips. Her sincere and kind personality also led her to meeting the love of her life, Todd. While the two simply attended a Rosary/Marmion turnabout dance together during their high school days - which always prompted multiple versions of that story when the subject came up - Todd and Nancy officially started dating while attending the University of Iowa, and the rest was history.

    During their college days, Nancy could always be found reluctantly laughing at Todd’s nonstop jokes and hanging out at 819 Iowa Ave (Todd’s house across from Nancy’s Chi Omega sorority). Nancy always claimed that the truly funny jokes were hers, just repeated more loudly by Todd. They made such wonderful friends at Iowa, again making many great memories together and they truly enjoyed their years there. They remained lifelong loyal Hawkeyes!! Todd and “Nance” were the very best of friends, which made for the strong foundation of their wonderful 32-year marriage. When Todd and Nancy had their first serious dinner date at IRP in Iowa City, they quickly realized their common backgrounds, strong Catholic commitments and the importance of family. Nancy was immediately welcomed into the Rowley family, and she became a loved member of the large Irish Catholic clan.

    After college, Nancy became a buyer for Von Maur in Davenport, Iowa and Todd started his business career in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They kept their long-distance relationship going strong, with weekly treks to visit each other. Soon, they were engaged, and Nancy moved to Rantoul, Illinois, (outside of Champaign) where Todd was working. They were married on March 19, 1988, concelebrated by close family friends, several Marmion priests. This began an incredible journey together from Rantoul to Tucson, Arizona and then on to Kansas City, making many, many friends. Wherever they were, Nancy was leaving her footprints along the way. She was always involved in her family’s school and Church - from St. Malachy’s to St. Cyril’s to Cure of Ars to Rockhurst and Sion. Nancy’s steady and caring personality always found her contributing in many ways, including chairing school auctions, PTO boards, Holy Smokes BBQ events and many, many more. Her quiet but strong leadership was always on display and always welcomed. She just had a special way of making everyone feel welcomed and others simply enjoyed being around her.

    Of the many things that Nancy accomplished, where she shined most brightly was being a devoted mother and role model to her three children, Colleen Marie (Brett Blackwell), Ryan Patrick and Nicholas John, and an adored “Nana” to her grandson, Beckett James, and granddaughter, Rowley Irene. From hosting a delicious Sunday dinner each weekend - where she continuously outdid herself - to putting on the most thoughtful holiday celebrations and perfectly curated family trips to constant playdates full of endless creativity and laughter with her grandchildren, Nancy was always surrounded by her family, whom she loved deeply, and they loved her more than words can ever express. Nancy’s generous-loving spirit didn’t stop there. She brought it into every aspect of life, including her devout Catholic faith and cherished friendships. In fact, she held so many dear relationships throughout the school years, in her many successful rounds on the golf course, hands of bridge and book club get-togethers, amongst the neighborhood of Royse, on the waters of Lake Lotawana, during her time volunteering with Starfish Ministry and everywhere in between. Nancy made each circle she touched a little better and a whole lot brighter.

    Todd and Nancy were truly enjoying the past 10 years, or so, as “empty nesters,” spending time together and enjoying so many activities. Nancy loved traveling and they enjoyed many great trips - Italy, France, Ireland, Switzerland, Caribbean trips, Mexico trips, Florida trips and more. Nancy loved playing cards (bridge, Euchre and hearts), they loved restaurants, she loved cooking and she was becoming an avid golfer. All of these interests led to sharing great times with many friends and family. Nancy was always able to throw a great party. She was a wonderful hostess, whether it was her Sunday dinners with the family, dinner club parties with the neighborhood crew, 4th of July parties at Lake Lotawana or incredible holiday celebrations. There are truly too many great memories to list. These times will always be cherished. Nancy was very blessed!!

    We will always remember Nancy’s warm smile and the special smile in her eyes. She was an incredibly exceptional person, loved by many wherever she went. She will forever and always be missed but surely never forgotten. Services will be held at Cure’ of Ars Catholic Church following COVID-19 protocols and restrictions - Rosary and Visitation, Friday, January 15th, 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. | Funeral, Saturday, January 16th, 10:00 A.M.

    *Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, the family understands that live streaming may be your safest opportunity for celebrating Nancy and encourages you to do so. Please visit www.cureofars.com/funeral on the day of the service to view.

    Kathleen (McLean) Columbo

    Kristen Marie (Weiss) Thomas, age 59, passed away peacefully at her home in Oswego, on May 8, 2023. She fought a courageous battle with strength, dignity, and quiet grace. 
     
    Kristen was born in Aurora, Illinois to Leon and Jeane Weiss on October 7, 1963. She attended Holy Angels Catholic School and Rosary High School before attending Northern Illinois University, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and went on to earn her Paralegal certificate with Honors from Roosevelt University. Kristen joined the Chicago law firm of Coghlan, Joyce, Kukankos, Keleher, & Urbut in October 1985, where she was a trusted and valued paralegal and office manager until 2016. Kristen then joined The Scion Group as a paralegal in 2018. Kristen’s work life was only a small part of her story.
     
    Her real love was for her family and friends. Kristen met her sweetheart and future husband, Ron, while they both attended NIU. They were married on June 11, 1988, and eventually established their home in Oswego, a warm and welcoming place of so many family holidays, celebrations, and outdoor barbecues. Kristen had a knack for making things beautiful and special. Kristen’s dream was to become a mother. That dream was realized in 2005, when she and Ron traveled to China to adopt their daughter, Emily. Then, in 2010, they were able to happily complete their family when they again traveled to China to adopt young Evan. Above everything, Kristen loved being their mother and cherished every memory with them. She loved attending their many activities and was so proud of their accomplishments in their young lives. To know Kristen was to be a friend of Kristen’s. In meeting her, her genuine kindness, care, and compassion for others was instantly present in her warm smile, soulful eyes, and sly sense of humor.
     
    There are almost too many friendships to list: her cherished childhood friends whom she remained in touch with until her passing, long-standing friends from NIU, work colleagues who became close friends, her Chicago “train gang”, those who were part of her China adoption groups, parents she met through their children’s activities, neighborhood friends, and so many others who have been blessed to know her along the way.
     
    Kristen was preceded in death by her beloved father, paternal grandparents, paternal uncle, maternal grandparents, maternal great-aunt, and father-in-law.
     
    Kristen is survived by her loving and devoted husband of almost 35 years, Ronald Thomas and her children, Emily and Evan Thomas of Oswego, IL; mother, Jeane (Konopasek) Weiss of Aurora, IL; brother, Mark Weiss of Greendale, WI; sister, Mary (Gary) Guzzardo of Palatine, IL; sister, Rachel Weiss of Aurora, IL; mother-in-law, Josephine Thomas of Oswego, IL; brother-in-law, Jeff (Cherie) Thomas of Oswego, IL; sister-in-law, Cheryl (John) Stube of Chicago, IL; nieces and nephews: Michael (Cora) Weiss of Madison, WI; Sara Weiss of Greendale, WI; Kara Weiss of Aurora, IL; Joey Guzzardo of Palatine, IL; and John Stube III of Chicago, IL.
     
    She was a treasure and a gift to her family, and she will be missed every day. 
     
    Kristen’s family would like to give special thanks and gratitude to her doctor and nurses at the Rush Copley Cancer Center, and those at the Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center, who were always so positive, helpful, and encouraging to Kristen.
     
    Friends and family are invited to a visitation at Dunn Family Funeral Home with Crematory, 1801 S. Douglas Rd, Oswego, Illinois on Tuesday May 16, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
     
    A funeral mass will be held at St. Anne Catholic Church, 551 Boulder Hill Pass, Oswego, Illinois, on Wednesday, May 17,2023 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Risen Lord Catholic Cemetery. 
     
    Donations can be made in Kristen’s memory to OCRA (Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance) or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. 
  • Class of 1983

    Margery D. (Duffy) Shinners, 51, a 25-year resident of Oak Park, died unexpectedly on April 25, 2017 from complications associated with breast cancer. Born on Aug. 11, 1965, in Sandwich, she was the youngest of 10 children of the late Richard "Dick" Duffy and Carolyn Duffy. She earned a BA from DePaul University and an MSW from the University of Illinois Chicago. Having grown up on a farm, she was accustomed to cooperative living and learning-skills that served her well in her early days as technology director and eventually CEO of what is now known as the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors. She is credited with enhancing Mainstreet's reputation for professionalism and high-quality services, as well as shaping an internal culture of support and growth for its staff. She established Mainstreet's Global Business Council which has provided international opportunities for the organization's members. An avid reader who enjoyed searching out recipes and cooking meals for family and friends, her other greatest joy was traveling with Brian and her children, whether on the el to a Cubs game, to the towns along the Lake Michigan shoreline, or to world destinations such as Egypt and Ireland, she will long be remembered as intelligent, kind and trusting of the good in all. The recipient herself of great advice and professional guidance from many wonderful people, she was very happy to counsel young women in their pre-professional and professional careers. Her last wish was to establish a memorial that would promote the leadership of young women in their pre-professional and professional careers. Donations can be sent to Community Bank of OP-RF, 1001 Lake St., Oak Park 60302, attn: the Margery Shinners Leadership Fund c/o Walter Healy, bank president. Margie, as she was lovingly referred to, is survived by her husband, Brian; her daughter, Kelsey; her sons, Nathaniel and Benjamin; her sisters, Melody (Margaret McAlpin) Duffy, Patricia Voga, Jane (Steve) Wolf, Mary (David) Breeden, Carol (Frank) Evans, and Joanne (Patrick) Resendiz; her brother, William (Maureen) Duffy; her sister-in-law, Phyllis Duffy; and the aunt and great-aunt of many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents, Richard "Dick" and Carolyn Duffy; her brothers, Edward and Robert Duffy; and her brother-in-law, Dennis Voga. The funeral service took place on April 29, from Salerno's Galewood Chapels to Ascension Church in Oak Park. A celebration of Margie's life followed at FitzGerald's Nightclub.

    Lisa Ann (Gengler) Stevens, December 13, 1964 - June 29, 2021. 

    Kelly McBride

    Debbie (Streit) Radabaugh, age 39, of Ft. Myers, formerly of Aurora, IL and Maui, HI, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 26, 2004, after a 17 month battle with brain cancer. Deb was born in Chicago, IL on August 5, 1965 and grew up in Aurora. She leaves her loving parents, Ed and Jackie Streit of Ft. Myers, her brother, Ed (Julie) of Naples, FL, her sisters, Joanie (John) Halgrim of Ft. Myers, Sherrie of New York, NY and Laurie of Ft. Myers, her sister-in-law, Sherry Blair of Maui, four nieces, five nephews, aunts, uncles and many cousins. Deb was predeceased by her husband, Gary Radabaugh who died on March 26, 1996. Deb approached life with grace, tenderness and a sharp sense of humor. A creative and committed teenager, she was filled with ambition and great promise in her youth. She was a National Honor Society and theater club member, graduating from Rosary High School in Aurora. Deb received a degree in history and sociology from Bethel College in St. Paul. MN and received her teaching certificate in Illinois where she worked at pre-schools in Aurora. During her twenties she was searching for ways to fulfill her dreams of educating and ministering to others -- despite an ongoing battle with bi-polar disorder that often derailed her goals. She devoted her life to helping others. She taught English as a foreign language to children and loved to draw and dance. She was a runner and swimmer, participating in competitive races in her youth. Fond of other cultures and deeply committed to her faith, Deb briefly worked with church-based organizations in Latin America, helping to build orphanages. She also participated in a YWAM program performing theater-based ministry throughout Indonesia. She eventually found her home in Hawaii where she met her husband and established a community of friends. It was in Maui where she loved to walk to the local cafe to "meet and talk story". She worked as a project facilitator at the Maui Mental Health Clinic and after relocating to Ft. Myers, became a teacher's aide at the Allen Park Elementary School. Her dream was to bring a children's inter-cultural dance program from Hawaii to churches in Ft. Myers and community centers throughout the US. A devoted aunt and teacher, she anchored herself with family and children. She touched many lives and was cherished by those who knew her, Deb will be deeply missed.

    The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 30, 2004 from 6-8 PM and on Friday, December 31, 2004 from 9-10 AM in the Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., (239) 936-0555. A funeral service will be conducted on Friday, December 31, 2004 at 11:00 AM in the First Christian Church, 2061 McGregor Blvd., Ft. Myers. Burial will follow at the Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens. Flowers will be received or memorial donations in Deb's memory may be sent to the Hui Ohana Council, 38A Kewai Place, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768. An online memorial can also be visited at www.mem.com, entitled Deb Radabaugh. She is always in our hearts.

    Mary Theresa (Weiler) Mayer was born in Aurora, IL to Bernard and Lillian (Zeier) Weiler on December 23, 1964. She died in Philadelphia, PA on June 26, 2019. A life-long Aurora resident, Mary was a member of Annunciation BVM church and graduated from Rosary High School and Aurora University. She held a master’s degree in social work and had a career in that field for many years, primarily providing child welfare services on behalf of Catholic Charities. Her work as customer service representative for Sprint earned special recognition for outstanding service and exemplary performance. She was an unwavering advocate for the disabled and for many years spent countless hours solving accessibility and work accommodation issues for disabled individuals throughout the country. She also volunteered for Fox Valley Special Recreation and Summer Easter Seal Camps. Mary married her soulmate and the love of her life, Jack Mayer, in 2012. Together they made each day thereafter better than the day before. Mary loved to sing and performed with the Mystic River Music Makers for years. She spent joyful hours designing and creating custom greeting cards and other craft items. As the youngest of seven she tolerated a lifetime of teasing and the affectionate nicknames of “Tudy” and “Putz.” Mary was a devoted aunt and her love of family, determination, and sense of humor were the touchstones of her life. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law, Joseph Mayer; brother-in-law Joseph King; and, her nephew Matthew Weiler. She is survived by her husband, Jack Mayer; mother-in-law, Mary Rose (Lescher) Mayer; siblings Wayne (Patricia), Warren, Julie (Michael) Garofalo, Bernie (Maureen), Susan, and Frank (Cheryl); in-laws Joseph (Rita), William (Amy Logan), Mary Beth King, Thomas (Christine), and Rosemary (Scott) Kryk; 36 nieces and nephews; 27 great nieces and nephews; many friends and caretakers; and, her beloved canine companion ‘Sammie’. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at 12:00 PM at Annunciation Church BVM, 1820 Church Road, Aurora, IL, 60505. Fr. Patrick Gillmeyer, OSB will officiate with interment at Marywood Cemetery. Mary will lie in state at Annunciation Church BVM Wednesday morning from 10:00 AM until the funeral hour at 12:00 PM. Arrangements are being handled by THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora, 630-631-5500. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Spina Bifida Association, Waterleaf Women’s Center, or Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue.
  • Class of 1984

    Cheryl Kiley (November 1, 1966 – July 13, 1997)
  • Class of 1985

    Gerri Anne Calbeck

    Ann Dougherty
  • Class of 1986

    Catherine V. (Kocan) Jurkowski a resident of Wheaton Catherine V. Jurkowski, age 45, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, IL. She was born January 23, 1968 in Chicago, IL. Katii was a loving mother, devoted wife, and a devout Catholic active in pro-life. She established her own business helping others with their computers and home networks. She also worked as an IT professional at Navistar. She is survived by her husband, Robert Jurkowski; her seven children, Victoria, Gwendolyn, Maximilian, Elizabeth, Stephanie, Beatrice and Amelia; her parents, George and Kristin Kocan; six siblings, Magdalena (Tom), Joseph (Rosie), Paul (Jen), Theresa, Renata (Bret), and Christopher; and 20 nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL where prayers will be said on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 10:15 a.m., followed by a memorial Mass to be held at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church, 300 E. Cole Ave. in Wheaton, IL. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton, IL. For more information, please call Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027.
  • Class of 1988

    Jennifer (Jungels) Colnar (December 19, 1970 to January 1, 2003)

    Amy Ann (O'Reilly) Fisher
    , August 11, 2002, age 32, late of Homewood, formerly of Batavia, beloved wife of Bradley N.; dear mother of Meghan Catherine and Jacob Bradley Fisher of Homewood; cherished daughter of Jerome and Mary Ann O'Reilly of Batavia; loving sister of Michael J. (Lynn) O'Reilly, Patricia Ann O'Reilly and Cathy Ann (Leonard) Rothecker all of Geneva, Jerome P. (Cheryl) O'Reilly of Des Plaines and Edward (Betsy) O'Reilly of London, England; fond daughter-in-law of Joanne and the late Norval Fisher of Homewood. Co-Supervisor of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program for Southwest Cooperative, former Hearing Impaired Itinerant Teacher and Diagnostician for E.C.H.O. and Vice President of E.C.H.O. Education Association. Resting at the Tews Funeral Home, 18230 S. Dixie Hwy., Homewood, Tuesday from 2 to 9 p.m. Mass 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church, 179th and Dixie Hwy, Homewood. Interment St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park. Memorials to Special Olympics, Area 7, 2005 Ridge Rd., Homewood, IL 60430 appreciated. 708-798-5300. Published in Chicago Tribune on Aug. 13, 2002.
  • Class of 1989

    Regina Marie Whitmore, 44, of Aurora passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015. She was born on August 3, 1971, in Madison, Wisconsin, and was the first child to Floyd and Susan Whitmore. She grew up in the Chicagoland area with her siblings, Melissa (Whitmore) Ritter and Jessica Whitmore. She attended Rosary High School in Aurora, Illinois, where she developed a passion for art and many long-term friendships. She attended Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Art History and minors in Fine Art and Business Administration in 1994. While at Northern Illinois University, Regina was a sister in the Sigma Lambda Sigma sorority. She earned her a Masters in Public Health – Health Administration and Health Promotion from Northern Illinois University in 2002. Regina pursued her passion for public health as a Prevention Specialist working for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention from September 2002 through August 2005. Regina was a valued member of the staff at the American Academy of Pediatrics, since 2005. She began her work there in community pediatrics, and for the past 6 years she was the Director at the Division of Tobacco Control and the Academy’s Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence, where she helped lead efforts to eliminate children’s exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke. Regina also pursued her passion for public health as an Adjunct Faculty for the graduate MPH program at Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois, and as an Adjunct Faculty at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. She was also passionate about art, music, movies and books, for which she had a broad and eclectic taste. She was a Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bears fan through many, many seasons. Regina also enjoyed Northern Illinois University and University of Wisconsin football. She enjoyed running and biking. Regina enjoyed traveling with her son, Matthew Whitmore Shaefer, and recently enjoyed trips to Legoland California, Universal Studios Florida and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

    Regina was very proud of her 9 year-old son, Matthew, and all of his accomplishments at St. Peter Lutheran School, Arlington Heights, Illinois, and Academy Bullets Swim Club, Aurora, Illinois. She was a member of New England Congregational Church, Aurora, Illinois. Regina additionally had a love of generally silliness and fun, earning her various nicknames from “Toot” to “Stupid Wimpy Camel.” Regina is survived by her son, Matthew Robert Whitmore Shaefer of Wheaton, Illinois; her ex-husband and friend David Shaefer of Wheaton, Illinois; her mother and stepfather, Susan (Whitmore) and Randal Custer, of Huntington, West Virginia; her sisters, Jessica Whitmore of Charleston, West Virginia and Melissa (Whitmore) Ritter of Kewanee, Illinois; her nephews, Joshua Engelbrecht and Conrad Engelbrecht of Vancouver, Washington; her fur children, Maxine, Staley, Flynn and Tommy. Regina is also survived by numerous friends, co-workers and others she touched through all of her pursuits. She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Whitmore on December 25, 2004, and her furchildren, Hanna and Madeline. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, from 4 PM – 8 PM at The Healy Chapel, 332 West Downer Place, Aurora, Illinois 60506. Services will take place at Noon on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at New England Congregational Church, 406 West Galena Boulevard, Aurora, Illinois 60506. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Matthew Shaefer Benefit Fund, 37 S. River St., Aurora, Illinois 60506.
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