Maureen Doolittle, 77, former Fenwick dean of women, Honor Flight volunteer

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Catherine "Maureen" Doolittle, 77, died in her sleep on May 5, 2014. Born in Cleveland on Feb. 5, 1937, she attended St. Ignatius Grade School and was awarded a scholarship to St. Joseph Academy for high school where she was class president all four years and prom queen in her senior year. She is remembered for her dedication to the church and her incredible dedication to having fun.

As a teen, she spent a summer in Ireland staying with her granmother. 

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, an order dedicated to teaching, straight out of high school at the age of 17. After she left the order, she moved to Chicago and taught at St. John Fisher School on the South Side.

She moved to Oak Park in 1977 and met her husband, John, while working a second job as a hostess at the Drake Hotel.

She worked at Oak Park's Fenwick High School for more than 30 years and became the first dean of women when girls enrolled there. Altogether she worked in education for more than 50 years.

In her retirement she became a passionate volunteer for Honor Flight, greeting many a WWII veteran early in the morning as she checked them in for their flight to Washington D.C. and would be there in the evening to welcome them home. 

Her favorite song was "Cherish" (and friends say they do). Hers was a life well lived.

Maureen Doolittle is survived by her sister, Rita (David) Brickner; her nephew, Greg (Vicki) Brickner; her nieces, Cynthia (Kelly) Zink and Melissa (David) Tada; and her six great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Doolittle; and her brother, John Hiendlmayr. 

On May 10, a Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Edmund Church in Oak Park, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

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