Helen M. Callahan, 80, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died on Jan. 21, 2022 at the University of Chicago Medical Center. A graduate of Rosary College (now Dominican University) with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Social Studies and Education, she earned a master’s degree in Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. She was an elementary school teacher at Komarek School in North Riverside for 39 years, teaching over 1,600 children, many of whom kept in contact with her. She was also an adjunct clinical supervisor and seminar instructor for 12½ years at Dominican and continued as a substitute teacher in the Oak Park School District 97 until she died.
She wrote, directed, and filmed a program that aired on public television several times, “Irish Dancing with the Callahans,” which starred her brother Daniel W. Callahan Jr. and his daughter Kimberly. She also served as a docent at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio in Oak Park.
Helen Callahan was the daughter of the late Daniel W. and Helen Callahan; sister of Geri (Mike) Rice; and the aunt and great-aunt of many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Mary (late Edwin) Ziebell, Thomas (late Viola), Patsy (late John) Collins, Michael (Ann), Daniel (Betty), Kathleen (Terry) O’Brien and Patrick Callahan.
Visitation will take place at the Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home, 10501 W. Cermak Road, Westchester, on Thursday, Jan. 27 from 3 until 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Giles Catholic Church, 1025 Columbian in Oak Park, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In lieu of flowers, at Helen’s request, please take a friend to lunch.
Arrangements were handled by Peter B. Kennedy & Co., Funeral Directors.