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Hennessy, Leo E. Age 84, Born into Eternal Life on June 10, 2017. Together forever with his beloved wife of 60 years,Helen M. "Holly" Hennessy (nee Sweeney). Loved and Revered father of Mary Anne (Daniel) Capron, Joseph (Kim), John (Michelle), Thomas (Luann), Elaine (Michael) Prendergast, Edward (Catharine) and Robert Hennessy; dearest "Grampy" of Emily (Greg), Nora (Adam), Annie (Scott), Jackie (James), Ryan (Amy), Luke, Sara, Sean, Shane, Catherine (Tim), Matthew, Johnny (Sarah), Tommy, Kevin, Jake, Joey, Sean, Clare, Quinn, Michael, Maeve, Jack, Eddie, Leo, Mary Helen, Caitlin and Emma. Legendary "The Great One" of Mary Anne, Brian, Danny, John John, Hennessy, Dorothy, Emmett, Eleanor, and Mary; devoted brother of Loretta (the late Gene) Sheehy, William (the late Janie) Hennessy, and the late Eleanor, James (Eileen) Hennessy, Ethelreda (Del) Harris, Helen (Sol) Mansky, Bernard (Carol) Hennessy, Catherine (Merritt) Hoglund, and Patrick Hennessy; dear brother-in-law of Margaret (the late Ed) Sweeney; fond uncle of many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Alumnus of Leo H.S. (1950), Chicago Teachers College (1954), and earned his M.Ed. from DePaul U. He later earned his Doctorate in Education from Nova U. Leo worked tirelessly from the age of 12 to retirement at 78, early on as proud head usher at the Beverly Theater, and also held summer jobs at U.S. Steel, Midway Airport and the Chicago Stockyards. He had a 30-year career in Education. He worked as a teacher, basketball coach and administrator at Mendel H.S., Fenger H.S. and Eisenhower H.S. He served as Co-Director of Mendel H.S. Boys Camp. He later served as Deputy Superintendent of the Cook County Schools and Assistant Superintendent of Illinois Schools. He served 20 years as an Arbitrator for the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission. Founding member of Chulucanas Mission Club in support of his friend and mentor, Bishop John McNabb, O.S.A. and Affiliate Member of the Order of St. Augustine. He also served on the Board of Directors for Little Company of Mary Hospital. A recognized basketball official referee, he was a member of the Central Officials Association Hall of Fame. Fiercely competitive, Leo enjoyed all sports, especially golf. Visitation Tuesday 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Curley Funeral Home (Heeney-Laughlin Directors), 6116 W. 111th St., Chicago Ridge, IL 60415. Family and friends will meet at Christ the King Church, 9235 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago, IL 60643 on Wednesday morning for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m.Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Memorials to Midwest Augustinians, c/o Leo Hennessy Memorial, 5401 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL 60615 are most appreciated. Funeral Info: Heeney-Laughlin Funeral Directors 708-636-5500 or www.heeneyfh.com
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on June 12, 2017
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