Jacqueline Torri nee O’Connor was born in Chicago in the midst of the Great Depression. She could point to half a dozen of the remaining old apartment buildings in Lincoln Park and tell you the month or year she had lived there, joking that they only moved when the rent was due. If you asked her later in life why she had had so many children, she would tell you about how lonely she had been as a child. Her mother left when she was young, and her father would spend days out on Lake Michigan working on tugboats. But even though lonely at home, she made devoted friends even as early as five, friends who were just as present over 80 years later. And in a reversal of most acts of youthful rebellion, she begged her father to be transferred to Catholic school and for the rest of her life church provided her with a sense of belonging. As a teenager, she befriended her Italian immigrant neighbor who become her first real mother figure, teaching her to cook and sew and providing her with unconditional love. It wasn’t surprising then that she married her neighbor’s son and solidified that family connection. She became a mother at 21 and went on to have 5 children total. It wasn’t always easy. They didn’t have much more than she had had as a child, but there was always love. And when her husband’s declining health unfortunately made her a single mother, she persevered with the help of her friends, her church, and the family she had created. Thankfully with time, many of the problems of her childhood and early adulthood were no more. At the age of 58, she had beat out the other ladies at church for the most eligible bachelor, Eddie, then 16 years her senior at 74. She referred to him as the true love of her life, a fact that was clear to anyone who saw them together. They spoiled their 18 grandchildren with a childhood that was far different from her own and even that of her own children’s. They were at every tournament, school play, recital, and graduation from kindergarten to college. Family was absolutely everything to her, and we know she felt incredibly blessed to be able to spend her later years showering her children: James (Robin) Nuccio, William (Linda) Nuccio, Michael (Sandy) Nuccio, Mary (Carmine) Petrassi and AnneMarie Nuccio, eighteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren with love and quality time. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from her life, and we are immensely grateful that she shared so many stories with us as we are also grateful to have known her and witnessed her faith, perseverance, and love. Services Private. Interment All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to your favorite charity.
Michael Alan Cobb died at home with family at his side. Mike was born in Chicago, the only child of Jeanette, nee Van Steenberg, and Cordis Cobb who proceeded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mary Kay (Henehan), daughters Lynn (Fred) Alvarez, Katie (A J) Riggs and Claire (Brian) Rodriguez and two grandchildren Brian and Katherine Alvarez. Mike battled metastatic sarcoma for nine years. He endured the many surgeries and treatments with characteristic puns and jokes. His goal was to make every person he met in waiting rooms, treatment rooms or hospital rooms smile but preferably to laugh.
While names and dates are important, they don’t capture the person that Mike was. He was a man of many interests. He collected hobbies and along the way made lifelong friends. Photography, bicycle riding, aquariums, books (mostly history and mostly on the British army in India, the World Wars, British military uniforms, military airplanes and the list goes on… so very many books) were just a few of his interests. Later in life, he loved to cook and took immense pleasure in gardening. Mike loved to fill his many pots with colorful blooms to decorate the deck. The first trip to the garden store could not come early enough every spring and his chili is legendary.
Yet his enduring twin passions were painting military miniatures and MGs. If he was not in the basement painting, Mike was in the garage tinkering on an MG. He owned two in his lifetime: a 1972 MGB and a 1953 MGTD. Mike was actively involved in the Military Miniature Society of Illinois (MMSI) and the Chicagoland MG Club. He held many offices in each and was president of the MMSI at the time of his passing. Regardless of his official titles, his absence will be felt acutely by the friends that shared his passions. Mike’s absence at the breakfast table on Monday mornings will be felt by the MMSI bunch. His bag of spare parts and willingness to lend a wrench will be missed by MG enthusiasts.
Mike saw his beloved Cubs win the World Series after saying, “Maybe next year,” over and over again. When baseball season ended, the Hawks hat came on and hockey took center stage. With a game on the radio and the top down on the MG he was at his happiest.
Visitation will be held at St. Alban’s Church, 6240 N. Avondale Ave in Chicago, on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 4:30 to 8 P.M. A graveside service will be held at Maryhill Cemetery, 8600 N Milwaukee Ave, Niles, IL on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 11 am. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to the Sarcoma Foundation of America, PO Box 98160, Washington, DC 20090-8160, www.curesarcoma.org/donate/ or the Gary Sinise Foundation, PO Box 368, Woodland Hills, CA 91365, www.garysinisefoundation.org/donate/ are appreciated.
Ronald E. Prenta; adored father of Ronald C. (Norma), Chris (Ken), and Karen (Tom); loving grandfather of Sarah, Brittany, Jeremy (Karlie), Justin (Suzy), and Amber; beloved son of the late Edward and Harriet; dearest brother of Pat (the late John) and Pam (Wally); caring uncle of Cathy (Doug), John (Deane), Jim (Lori), Barb (Rick), Denise (Joe), and Beth (Chris); great uncle to many; cherished friend of Liz, John, Mike, and Tina; Proud National Guard Veteran. Memorial services to be held at a later date. Interment private.
Jorge Bouso, 69, of Chicago; beloved husband and best friend of 35 years to Elvia; loving father of Michael (Rica) and Jennifer; cherished brother of Hector (Valerie); dear uncle of Carolyn and Jacqueline; adored son of the late Candido and Graciela; fond uncle and friend to many. Jorge loved life and lived it to the fullest; making music, eating good food, traveling and spending time with the people he adored, his family. He will be missed every day. Services and Interment Private with a Memorial Service at a later date. Arrangements entrust to Gibbons Family Funeral Home. For info 773-777-3944 or www.gffh.com
Elizabeth Villarreal, 76; beloved wife of the late Robert; adored mother of Cindy (Julio), Windy (Raul), Desiree (Kevin), Kathy, Patty, Robert, Mitchell, Anthony, and John; loving grandma and great grandma of Christian, Lacy, Raul, Brennan, Liam, Colin, Ethan, and many more; dearest sister of Butch and Robert; caring aunt of Stacy (Dan) and Brian (Jennifer). Services and interment private.
Marlene J. Pedersen, 80; loving mother of Belinda Baier (the late partner Rich Boveri), Kirk Rutkowski and the late Kean (Noreen) Ryan; cherished grandmother of Keith (the late LeeAnna) Ryan; fond friend to many. Worked at Andy Frain in Rosemont for many years and enjoyed every minute of it. Services and Interment Private. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Gibbons Family Funeral Home. For info 773-777-3944 or www.gffh.com
Patrick Reynolds, passed away surrounded by his family, following more than a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born in Bogberry, Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland, he left his home at the tender age of 17 to live and work in Birmingham, UK for five years. He then immigrated to the United States as a young man in search of work. He joined the Army in the post WW2 era, and had the opportunity to tour Europe as a member of the Army’s international soccer team. Upon his return to Chicago, he won the heart Betty Moore, with whom he would share 58 years of marriage and who would remain at his side through both health and sickness until the very end. Few loved life as much as Pat Reynolds. He took the time everyday to do something he loved, be it painting, gardening, walking, golfing, or enjoying the company of friends and family. He was renowned for his crushing drives on the golf course, his steady hand as an artist, his delicious home-grown tomatoes, and his hearty appetite. Proud 50-year member of Plumbers local 130. He is survived by his wife Betty Reynolds, his three children: Carmel (Pat, CFD) Maloney, Bob Reynolds (Chris Lomax), Danny (CFD) (Colleen) Reynolds. He is survived by his seven grandchildren Patrick, Conor, Tara, and Rory Maloney and Bridget, Eileen, and Brendan Reynolds; loving brother of Bridie (the late Arthur) Roche, Tom, Nuala (the late Trevor) Finn, Theresa (the late Martin) O’Shea and the late Gerry (Josephine), Mary and Margaret; Services Private. Interment All Saints Cemetery. Arrangement entrusted to Gibbons Family Funeral Home. For info 773-777-3944 or www.GFFH.com
Catherine McDermott nee Brennan, 102, native of Co. Mayo, Ireland; beloved wife of the late John Joseph; loving mother of Michael, Frank (Karen) and Bill (Diane); cherished grandma of Brian, Daniel, Joseph (Meghan), Kathleen, Lauren and Colleen; fond sister of the late Mary (the late Bill) Dunne; dear aunt and friend of many; Lifetime member of the Irish American Heritage Center and St. Priscilla Church. Friends and Family will meet Monday at St. Priscilla Church for Mass at 11 AM. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Irish American Heritage Center. Arrangements entrusted to Gibbons Family Funeral Home.
Ralph E. Adamek, 53; loving son of Gerald and the late Nancy; cherished brother of Laura and Susan (Jeff) Griggs; fond uncle of Margaret, Kathryn and Julianna Griggs; dear cousin and friend to many. Services Private with a Memorial Service at a later date. Interment Private. Arrangements entrusted to Gibbons Family Funeral Home. For info 773-777-3944 or www.gffh.com
Patricia Delfosse nee Callahan, 73; beloved wife of the late Gerald; loving mother of Gerald (Laura), Jean Paul (Denise), and Meg (Kevin) Doohan; cherished grandmother of Annie, Grace, Noah, Kylie, Danny, Ava, and Victoria; dear sister of Kathy (the late John) DeJong, the late Emmett (the late Joanne) Callahan, Maureen (the late William) Thompson and Marguerite (the late John) Henker; fond aunt and friend to many; Services Private. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Gibbons Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. For info 773-777-3944 or www.gffh.com