John M. O'Hearn, 69, of Elmwood Park and formerly Oak Park and River Forest, died on July 16, 2014. Born on September 23, 1944 in Rome, New York, he was raised in Oak Park and attended St. Catherine Elementary School and completed grade school at St. Luke's in River Forest. He attended Fenwick High School and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1966. John's love for Notre Dame was profound, and he would tell family and friends that "it is the greatest place on earth." He loved visiting the school just to walk the campus and remember the good times he had had as a student. During his formative years, John met and befriended many with whom he formed life-long bonds. He met Mary Jo Parker while working at The Trib in Hinsdale in 1972. Following a failed attempt to have her fired from the paper, John took her to dinner at Sharko's in Oak Brook; thirty-nine years later they look back on their five children. John was a successful businessman, spending most of his professional career selling media advertising for the Chicago Tribune, CBS and the American Bar Association. He gave much of his time and energy as a little league coach for many years. John O'Hearn is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Jo nee Parker; children, Mary "Bess" (Matt) Raulerson, Jennifer Wagner, James (Rebecca); Anastasia "Staci" (Robert) Greenwald and Michael Jude (Maureen Boyle); fourteen grandchildren, Ben, Jake, Taylor, Mackenna, John, Zach, Chloe, Emma Grace, Jack, Will, Tom, Alice, Max and Gavin; great-granddaughter, Natalie; sisters, Mary Kathleen "Toy" (the late Joseph) Lund, Suzanne (Chris) Walsh, Mary Alice (James) Sullivan and Molly (Leo) Cavin; and his many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, James J. M.D. and Mary Alice "Pidge" O'Hearn. John was completely devoted to his family and throughout his life always put them first. Visitation was held on July 20 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home with a Funeral Mass on July 21 at St. Luke Church in River Forest. Interment is private. Donations to Hope for Trisomy 13 and 18 at www.hopefortrisomy.org in honor of Emma Raulerson are appreciated by the family.
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