Mary Frances Hegarty, 89, of Oak Park, died on Feb. 14, 2021. Born on April 21, 1931, and raised in Chicago, she attended St. Angela School and attended Siena High School, where she was editor of the school newspaper and graduated valedictorian of her high school. She attended Mundelein College and DePaul University and met her future husband, Edward, while double-dating other people. They met next “by accident” at a Sunday evening church dance for high school kids. He gallantly escorted her home, about 18 miles away, via multiple street cars. They married in 1953 and raised 11 children. Using her sewing skills, she made outfits for her girls. After sending her youngest off to school, she worked for Sears in the custom drapery department. She loved nature and the family traveled to many of the national parks. She also raised canaries. In Oak Park, they attended St. Giles Church, and she delivered communion to those who were homebound. Her faith was a vital part of her life. She was a kind and loving woman who will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Mary Frances was the wife of the late Edward H. for 65 years; the mother of Maureen (Dan) Kruszynski, RoseAnn (Jim) Vonesh, Kathleen (Robert) Burdett, Edward (Cindy), Michael (Diane), Mary Pat (the late Joe) Williams, Daniel (Kathy), Patrick (Catherine), Mary Rose (Gerard) Crimmins, Terrence, and Christopher (Amy Nelson) Hegarty; the grandmother of Megan and Jim (Kristina) Vonesh, Victoria Burdett, Diane (Brian) Bell and Natalie Burdett, Naomi and Aidan Hegarty, Logan and Tristan Williams, Ryan and Shannon Hegarty, Erica (Thurman) Fogleman and Stephanie Hegarty, and Jared and Christopher Crimmins; the great-grandmother of Matthew, Caileigh, Grace and Sammy, Allison and Jimmy, and Kaylan, Lia, Myles, Neo and Audrey; sister of the late Rev. Raymond F. Mulhern and Maurice “Jack” (the late Ann) Mulhern; and the aunt and great-aunt of many.

The family is grateful for the loving and compassionate caregivers from Midwest Homecare and the kind services of Journeycare Hospice, helping her peacefully transition.

Visitation was held Feb. 19 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. A private funeral Mass was held Feb. 20 at St Giles Church, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Misericordia ( are appreciated.

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