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John M. Hession

November 13, 1937 March 20, 2019
John M.  Hession
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Obituary for John M. Hession

Hession, John M. “Jack” Age 81 U.S. Navy Veteran

Beloved husband of the late Mary Ann (nee Moran).
Loving father of John (Melissa), Jennifer (Jack) O’Brien, Colleen (Jeffrey) Rush, and Kathleen (Rick Kogan) Murray.
Cherished grandfather of Emily, Trevor, Samantha, and Sydney.
Dear brother of William (Joan) Hession.
Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Jack Hession completed the family of William and Margaret Hession, joining older brother Bill, on November 13, 1937. He was reared in a Hession family-owned apartment building in the Little Flower Parish on Chicago's southwest side. Jack and Bill were the first-generation born sons of immigrants from County Galway in Ireland, and grew up being patriotic Americans, and very proud of their Irish heritage.
His post-World War II childhood and teen years were spent in a typical fashion playing sports, hanging out with neighborhood friends, and visiting with family. Jack's fondness for his Little Flower friends never wavered. In high school, Jack was proud to represent the Leo Lions on the basketball court, and followed his brother, Bill, to Loras College in Dubuque, IA. It was during these years, where he met the love of his life, Mary Ann Moran.
After graduation in 1959, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served until his 1961 marriage to Mary Ann. They settled in the St. Denis Parish in Chicago where they concentrated on bringing up their four children: John, Jenny, Colleen, and Kathy.
In 1970, Jack's parents sent both Jack's and Bill's families on a trip to Ireland to bond with the Hession and Dunne clan that remained behind after the great migration. This cemented in Jack such a sense of belonging and kinship that he was always looking forward to the next time that he could return. And he did, many times – sharing the experience with each of his children and grandchildren at various times with the goal of securing the bond for the next generations.
His love of family and friends was strong; his passions for golf and driving were great. South Haven, Michigan was where he would go to unwind. After losing Mary Ann, he learned to live independently spending his sunset years with his children and grandchildren, Emily, Trevor, Samantha, and Sydney.
His laughter and generous spirit will be missed by all.

Family and friends to gather Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Our Lady of the Woods Church, 10731 W. 131st Street, Orland Park, IL 9:45 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:00 a.m.

Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674. 708-857-7878

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10:00 AM 3/30/2019 10:00:00 AM
Our Lady of the Woods Church

10731 W 131st St
Orland Park, IL 60462

Family and friends to gather at Our Lady of the Woods Church at 9:45 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:00 a.m.

Our Lady of the Woods Church
10731 W 131st St Orland Park 60462 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Final Resting Place

6001 W. 111th Street
Alsip, IL 60803

6001 W. 111th Street Alsip 60803 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Heart Association (Chicago)

3816 Paysphere Circle
Chicago, IL 60674-0001

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