Colleen Clow

Colleen Marie Clow, 54, a lifetime Oak Parker, died on Jan. 2, 2022, after a courageous fight with cancer. She attended elementary school at both Beye and St. Edmund, is a 1985 graduate of Trinity High School and earned her BA at Dominican University.

Both talented and creative. She spent the bulk of her career working as an IT professional, but her true passion was solving puzzles of any kind — sudoku, crosswords and jigsaws being some of her favorites. She could not be beat at Scrabble or any card games requiring strategy.

She loved crafts and used her imagination to create works of art out of almost any object. Her creations were unbeatable at the St. Giles Family Mass annual coloring contest that her mother and sisters were a part of for many decades.

The best gift-giver, her gifts always brought joy into the lives of her friends and family members. She was always incredibly generous.

Colleen is preceded in death by her parents Harry Sr. and Sally (Schaefer) Clow and her first fur baby Danny Boy. She is survived by her aunt, Patricia (Schaefer) Fiorini, and her siblings, Harry Jr. (Maura Harding), Kevin (Jen Cote), Gabby, and Kelly (Mike Rabichow) as well as her fur babies, Tom and Jerry. She is also survived by her 14 nieces and nephews: Peter Clow, Michaela Clow, Harry Clow III, Maeve Clow, Richard Clow, Sally Clow, Anna Clow, Elizabeth Clow, George Clow, Michael Rabichow, Madeline Rabichow, Schaefer Estrada, Grace Estrada and Alice Olsen.

A funeral Mass celebrating her life will be held on Friday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Giles Church in Oak Park. It will also be live-streamed for those who would be more comfortable participating from home, due to the pandemic. To access the link, please visit

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