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William J. Cooley

February 2, 1944 September 7, 2020
William J. Cooley
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Obituary for William J. Cooley

Cooley, William J. Age 76

Loving husband of 21 years to Jo Ann (nee Fujii).
Devoted father of Liam and Mac Cooley.
Adored son of the late James and Stella Cooley.
Dear brother of Patricia (Dr. Michael) Inda, Robert, Dennis (Shirley), Dianne (late Dr. John) Zuzga, Timothy, Joseph (Johanna), John (Phyllis), and the late Fr. Stephen Cooley O.Carm.
Loving uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Bill was the 4th child of 9 born to his very Catholic parents. He entered the Carmelite Seminary at age 13. He was a caddy at South Shore Country Club and at age 17 was fortunate to be offered a scholarship to Northwestern University with the Evans Scholars program. He, but mostly his father, agreed that he should continue his Catholic education and because Northwestern was a secular school, turned the offer down. The program officials, although stunned by his declination, offered to place him at Marquette University. He accepted the offer which would very much shape the rest of his life because of the strong life-long bond he would share with his Marquette scholar classmates. After college and a term in the Peace Corps he became a Chicago Police Officer and attended night classes at DePaul University Law School. After graduation he worked in various Federal and State positions before establishing his own successful law practice. He was lucky to meet Jo Ann Fujii and they fell in love. They married and settled in Deerfield where they raised their two bright, wonderful sons Liam and Mac who are now college students.
Bill was always a frustrated author and likely would have done a much better job if he could have written this himself.

Due to Covid-19, masks are required and no loitering is preferred.

Memorial visitation Friday, October 2, 2020, 4-8 p.m. at the Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home, 9000 W. 151st Street, Orland Park, IL.

Family and friends to gather Saturday, October 3, 2020 for Memorial Mass of the Resurrection 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Woods Church, 10731 W, 131st Street, Orland Park, IL. The direct link to the church to register for Mass is https://forms.gle/25m1etpeEfoAYJ2a9


Inurnment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donation to Evans Scholars Foundation, 2501 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL 60626-8022, or on line at www.wgaesf.org

Please leave a memory for the family on William’s Tribute Wall; your stories will bring comfort to the family.

www.sheehyfh.com 708-857-7878

Previous Events

Memorial Visitation

Friday

2

Oct

4:00 PM 10/2/2020 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/2/2020 8:00:00 PM
Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home - Orland Park

9000 W. 151st St.
Orland Park, IL 60462

Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home - Orland Park
9000 W. 151st St. Orland Park 60462 IL
United States

Memorial Mass

Saturday

3

Oct

10:30 AM 10/3/2020 10:30:00 AM
OUR LADY OF THE WOODS CHURCH

10731 W. 131ST STREET
ORLAND PARK, IL

Gather at the church on Saturday.

OUR LADY OF THE WOODS CHURCH
10731 W. 131ST STREET ORLAND PARK IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

HOLY SEPULCHRE CEMETERY Final Resting Place

6001 W. 111TH STREET
ALSIP, IL

6001 W. 111TH STREET ALSIP IL
United States
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