Maureen Gamboney, 66

Retired teacher, volunteer

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Maureen Catherine Gamboney (née McCarthy), 66, of Oak Park, died too soon after a short but courageous battle with Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease on March 23, 2018. Born on Jan. 14, 1952, she was a graduate of Ascension School and Siena High School in Chicago. After graduating from DePaul University in 1975, she married Bob Gamboney, and they settled in Oak Park and raised their children. 

She ran a home day care before returning to school to earn her M.A. in Education from Rosary College (now Dominican University) in 1997. She spent the majority of her teaching career at Columbia Explorers Academy in Chicago, using her unique knowledge and endless compassion to shape the lives of countless students before retiring in June of 2017. 

A lifelong parishioner of Ascension Church and a tireless volunteer for Misericordia Heart of Mercy, she was a shining example of how to care for and enjoy those who mean the most to you. 

Maureen Gamboney was the wife and best friend of Robert P. Gamboney for 43 years; the mother of Michelle, Joseph (Jennifer), Nicole (Nick) Nichols, and Samuel. She was Moe Moe to J.J., Madelyn, Thomas Delaney, Isabelle, and Riley; sister of William (Cathy) McCarthy, Margaret (Joe) Bidinger, Sheila McCarthy and Jeannine (Steve) Sauck; niece of William (Barbara) Bourke; aunt and cousin of many; and friend to so many more. 

Visitation was held from 2 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 at Peterson-Bassi Chapels/Gamboney & Son Funeral Directors. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on March 28 at Ascension Church, 808 S. East Ave., Oak Park, followed by interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. 

The family appreciates memorials to Misericordia 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago 60660 or the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation, P.O. Box 5312 in Akron, Ohio, 44334.

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Marian Garrigan from Oak Park  

Posted: April 5th, 2018 11:52 AM

We lost a great friend, neighbor, parishioner, community volunteer and leader in good times when Maureen Gamboney passed. It's impossible to put into a few words the impact Maureen had on the lives of those she touched. We will miss her deeply and forever.

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