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Mary Whelan

Mary Whelan nee McDonagh, 88, of Prospect Heights peacefully departed this life surrounded by her family on June 4, 2024.  Born January 24, 1936, in Lissergool, Co. Roscommon, Ireland, she was the daughter of the late Mary nee Sharkey and Edward McDonagh; Beloved wife of 49 years of the late Michael, devoted mother of Michael (Sarah), Bernadette (Thomas) O’Leary, Thomas (Colleen) and Michelle (Thomas) O’Carroll; proud grandmother of Michael, Peter, John, and Cecelia Whelan, Tiehg, Aisling, and Cormac O’Leary, Mary Frances and Thomas Whelan, and Grace and Daniel O’Carroll; loving sister of Catherine Bernadette (late Edward) Shannon, the late Thomas Valentine (Mary)McDonagh, Patrick McDonagh, Cormac (late Laura) McDonagh; Loving aunt, sister-in-law, cousin and friend to many.

She was a dedicated parishioner of St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church for 50 years and faithfully served in St. Al’s Ministry of Care and as a Eucharistic Minister.  She was happiest raising her family, helping run the family business with her beloved Mike and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary was guided by her strong faith and love of family.  She brought joy to many through her beautiful smile, kind words, soft brogue, thoughtful poems and her endearing stories.  Always finding the good in others, she delighted in making new friends and cherishing her life-long friends.

Visitation Sunday, June 9, 3:00-8:00 PM at Matz Funeral Home, 410 E. Rand Road, Mt. Prospect and Monday, June 10, at St. Alphonsus Liguori Church, 411 N. Wheeling Road, Prospect Heights, from 9:30 AM until Mass of Christian Burial, 10:30 AM. Interment All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Misericordia Home, 6300 N. Ridge Avenue., Chicago, Illinois 60660, or click on:


Live Stream of Mass will be available on the church’s Facebook page

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Sunday, June 9 from 3:00-8:00 PM
at Matz Mt. Prospect Funeral Chapel
410 E Rand Rd
Mt Prospect, IL 60056

Monday, June 10, 2024
Visitation 9:30-10:30 AM
Funeral Mass 10:30 AM
at St Alphonsus Liguori Church
411 N Wheeling Rd.
Prospect Heights, IL 60070

All Saints Cemetery
700 N. River Rd.
Des Plaines, IL

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