Andrea G. Delaney, 61, Former legal secretary, sports fanatic, loved politics, opera, and soap operas

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Andrea G. Delaney, 61, an Oak Park resident, died suddenly on Feb. 12, 2012. Born in Chicago on March 25, 1950, Andrea grew up in LaGrange and later Oak Park. She attended St. Cletus Elementary School, St. Edmund's, Oak Park and River Forest High School, and the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

She later worked as an executive assistant for Glenn Ingram & Co. and as a legal secretary at a downtown litigation firm. Throughout her life, "Ya Ya" had interests that were out of the ordinary: opera, Russia, soap operas, and just about anything sweet. She loved politics as a passionate liberal. But her biggest passion was her son, Sean, of whom she was so proud. The mother and son were Blackhawks, Bulls and White Sox fanatics. Although petite, friends described her strength and courage, especially in her later years when Crohn's took its toll. She suffered from that debilitating disease for more than two decades, yet always had a pleasant disposition and a terrific, quick sense of humor.

Ms. Delaney also cared for her mother for the last decade of her life.

Andrea G. Delaney is survived by her son, Sean; her siblings, Paul, Mark (Blair), Kelly (Holly) and Michael (Carol); nieces and nephews, Keri, Cooper, Norris, Kit, Greer, Rowan, and Vienne. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Delaney; brother, Ward Guncheon, Jr; and her parents Ward Guncheon and Kathryn Guncheon who was a world-renowned biologist. Services were provided by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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