Dennis M. "DeDe" Bell
Richard J. Modell Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Homer Glen
12641 W. 143rd St
Homer Glen, IL
Bell, Dennis M. "DeDe" Age 68, formerly of Southside of Chicago, retired CFD and Army Vietnam War Veteran. Beloved husband of Nancy; loving father of Tracey (John) Kosky, Daniel (Sabrina) Bell and Colleen (John) Dangoia; devoted grandfather of Drew, Matt, Olivia and Nick; dearest brother of Thomas Bell and Eileen (John) Gronkowksi, the late Mary (Jack) Hermle, Joseph (Bernadine) and Kevin Bell; also many nieces and nephews. Funeral Friday 9:15am from RICHARD J. MODELL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 12641 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen to St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mass 10am. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Member of CFFU Local #2 AFL-CIO-CLC, DAV, VFW, Knights of Columbus and Senior Golf League Twin Lakes Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, donations to University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. Visitation Thursday 3pm to 9pm. 708-301-3595 or
Published by Chicago Sun-Times on Jun. 12, 2013.
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Nancy, Our deepest sympathy. We shall remember you and Denny in our prayers. Do you remember all those parties we used to have in the basement on Springfield St. Lovingly, Dick & Joanne Fitzpatrick
Richard Fitzpatrick
June 14, 2013
Tracy, Dan and Colleen, your dad was a special man. I'm very sorry for your loss. Try to remember all the good times. I can still see him in the dugout, walking the sidelines or courtside. When we got older he was our biggest fan. Rest in peace Mr. Bell.
Tony Khazen
June 14, 2013
To all the Bell Family,
I was sad to hear about Mr. Bell's passing. He was such a great guy, I will always remember that smile. You're all in my prayers right now.
Cathy (O'Flaherty) Franzese
June 14, 2013
Our deepest sympathy.You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Art & Pat Harmon
June 14, 2013
I lived down the street from DeDe on Emerald Ave when I was very young. We went to St. Gabe's grammar school together, although DeDe was in "the other room". We last saw each other at our 50th grammar school reunion. He was always just a nice guy! DeDe and his family are in our prayers.
Pam and Pete Neary
June 13, 2013
What a wonderful person he was. He always had a kind word to say about my dad, I'll miss those stories.... Rest in peace DeDe..

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

My throughts and prayers go out to all of you.

Donna McManus
June 13, 2013
Truly a wonderful man. So many wonderful memories of fun times at St. Rene. You will be always in our thoughts & prayers.
Kevin & Ellen McHugh
June 13, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 13, 2013
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Michael Guzick
June 12, 2013
Truly sorry to hear about the passing of DeDe, I knew him from St Gabriel'S School. The next time I saw him was 2yrs ago at our 50th class reunion. My sincere condolences to his family.
Marie Adcock--Hitt
June 12, 2013
We are saddened with the sudden passing of Dennis Bell. He served his country and community with honor. Our deepest condolences to our dear daughter-in-law Colleen and the entire Bell family. God Bless.
John & Carla Dangoia
June 12, 2013
Tom and the Bell Family
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of
Dennis. We got to know Dennis when he lived in Twin Lakes, WI. He was a good friend of ours and he will be missed.
My heart goes out to the family. We will say a prayer for him. My he rest in peace.
Wayne & Sharon Bower
June 12, 2013
So many memories make me smile, Billy's Cottage, aunt Ei's backyard parties and definitely the Bell basement parties - doing the bus stop, hustle and New York New York chorus line - ill miss him so much - but I know my Dad, uncle Kevin, aunt Mar and grandpa and grandma Bell are surrounding him with love!!!
Pam Bell
June 12, 2013
Sorry for your troubles. May he rest in peace. The world was a better place with him in it.
Skip O'Donnell
June 12, 2013
I was very to hear about the passing of DeDe.I have very fond memories of all the family functions, the house by the airport, and even the 'tin house' Nancy, Tracey, Danny, & Colleen know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I love you all.
Chris & Gaelane Rosinski - in between homes, but always grounded in the Midwest
June 12, 2013
Wish I would have had the chance to meet Mr Bell, His son Daniel spoke of Him with great respect and admiration, as a great Father, Husband, Firefighter and Viet Nam Veteran.
William McCracken
June 12, 2013
i grew up with de de and joey. we were out all the time even before we started school. all the bell's are great.he was a great guy. my condolenses to the whole family. danny flynn
June 12, 2013
I remember denny when he lived in Canaryville with his sister Eileen. I worked at the local Library where he used to come in daily to use the computer. Very nice man may he rest in peace.
Tricia Tagler
June 12, 2013
Great memories of Dennis, a truly good friend who communicated freely. Dede passed the test with flying colors. My condolences to Nancy, his children and grandchildren and many, many friends. well done Dennis, you will be greatly missed by all of us.
Earl Schlegel
June 12, 2013
All the boys from St. Rene owe you so much. We have great childhood memories due to your presence growing up. We will miss you but never forget you. Thanks again Coach!!!!
Bill Laird
June 12, 2013
Mr. Bell--All the boys from St. Rene will miss you dearly. We had many great childhood memories because of your presence. We will miss you but never forget you. Thanks again Coach!!!
June 12, 2013
Well Uncle De, you did it your way, with Aunt Nanc by your side. It makes me happy to know that you're now pain free for the first time in a very long time. We'll miss that old spice scent, the chorus line for New York, New York, but most of all that smile, wink and that point of finger letting us know you're watching us. Our family reunions won't be the same, but I'm sure the family reunion you're at tops ours. To Aunt Nanc, Tracey, Dan & Coll I'm so sorry for this void, but your memories, his love and pride in all of you will hopefully lessen your sadness. All My Love, Ren Bean
Renee Steffenhagen
June 12, 2013
DeDe was a great guy. I remember the pride he had in his family. the Chicago Fire Department and his fellow firefighters. We shared many a laugh and many good times together! Prayers are being said for DeDe and his family
Gene Karczewski
June 12, 2013
so very sorry for your loss. i will always remember dennis for his smile, upbeat attitude and always a fun conversation .you are all in my prayers .
jp herman
June 12, 2013
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