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Bernadette Moran

August 6, 1934 May 29, 2020
Bernadette Moran
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Obituary for Bernadette Moran

Bernadette (Bernie) McCormack was born August 6, 1934 on the Southside of Chicago. She was the beloved youngest child of Elizabeth (Reynolds) and Matthew McCormack. Mom loved her siblings Clare, Therese, Mary, Elizabeth and John. Bernie often talked about Aunt Delia, Aunt Molly, small apartments, ice boxes, cats named Minnie and dogs named Ginger.
Matthew worked as a doorman for the Conrad Hilton. Mom remembers sitting at the dining room table with her mother (Grandma Mac) and rolling his tip money to deposit at the bank. She also remembers that her father would stop at Fannie Mae and bring chocolate home to her and Grandma (“his two favorite gals”). Generations of McCormacks enjoy Fannie Mae to this day.
Mom graduated from the Academy of Our Lady High School and went to work as a secretary in Chicago’s Water Reclamation Department. Grandma Mac believed angels guarded and guided our family. One dark, winter day while recovering from an operation Grandma felt on overwhelming urge to meet my mom at the bus stop. She walked down several flights of stairs with one of the Gingers and then down the block towards the bus stop as my mom got off the bus from work. My grandmother and Ginger saw a man waiting for my mom in the shadows in an alley and scared him off.
My mother often talked about how kind her mother and father were. When Grandpa Mac passed away everyone smelled roses. When Grandma Mac passed away and to the day, she herself died, mom said she knew without a shadow of doubt that her parents were waiting for her.
Ironically, her future father in law, John Moran, ran the department where she worked. Her brother John introduced her to Terrence (Terry) Moran. They married in 1958, settled on the Southwest Side and had six children Karen, Judy, Linda (Steve), Nancy and Terry (Jessica) and eight grandchildren Hayli, Lindsey, Stephen, Mara Rose and Maeve. Mom belonged to a club with ladies from the block. She kept in contact with Joan, Jean, Rita and Jeanine right up to the end of her life.
Mom and dad loved to entertain, and everyone was welcome in our home every holiday (except for Christmas Eve – this was reserved for going to the Hessions). Mom and dad traveled extensively for dad’s work at Von Sydow’s Allied Van Lines. Mom loved to travel.
Bernie worked for years as a secretary in the attendance offices of several high schools in Oak Lawn. When teachers could not get students to behave, they sent them to the attendance office. Our family could not walk through any of the neighborhood malls without some shady looking student coming over to say ‘hi’ to ‘Bernie’.
Mom said work was never really hard because she worked with her dear friend Joan Gorman and they laughed so much. When I told Mrs. Gorman about my mom’s passing, she said Bernie was one of the funniest people she ever met. To this day, Joan says she repeats things my mom said but doesn’t let anyone know it was my mom who originally said it because she wants people to think she’s funny. My mom would have laughed with Joan at this and probably told her she did the same.
After retiring mom spent a lot of time staying at our house in South Haven and visiting with the Hessions, my dad’s sister’s family. She loved the Hessions so much – Aunt Mary Ann, Uncle Jack, the O’Briens (Jenny, Jack, Samantha, and Sydney), John & Melissa, the Rush’s (Colleen, Jeff, Emily, and Trevor), Kathy and Rick Kogan.
Mom also volunteered for years at St. Coletta’s of Illinois and Neat Repeats, a thrift store in Worth that supported the Crisis Center for South Suburbia (CCSS). She and Karen would sort clothes at the thrift store and help serve holiday meals to families. She also made sure to regularly buy extra food for the Food and Animal pantries in Orland Park. Mom attended St. Michaels Church in Orland Park for as long as she could, but then received Communion regularly from the wonderful volunteers.
Throughout Mom and Dad’s sunset years, they knew they were very blessed to have Nancy and Karen as their ever-faithful companions. Karen never left their sides, and Nancy insured that all their needs were met – willingly sacrificing, and putting personal needs aside.
This last year, as my mom became frail we were blessed with Anna Te who was mom’s caretaker. They were immediate friends. On her last day when Anna helped my mom get ready for a nap, my mom said, “Anna stop fussing. I’ve gotta go.” Anna looked at her and said “Bernie, where are you going?” at which they both laughed. Mom didn’t wake up.
Mom, like her mother, sisters and brother was devoted to the rosary. She would talk about the Mysteries of the rosary and the graces for each decade. One of the graces of a Glorious Mystery is the grace of a happy death. We think mom was given this grace.
Bernie was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, Catholic, friend and human being. She lived deeply, laughed heartily and loved deeply. She is loved and missed, though we know that she & my dad & Aunt Mary Ann & Uncle Jack and Grandma & Grandpa Mac and all our loved ones are now waiting for us.

Services and interment private

Arrangements entrusted to Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Homes

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