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Phyllis Ann Kehoe

April 2, 2024

Phyllis Kehoe Obituary

Phyllis A. Kehoe, a beacon of love and creativity, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2024, at The Bickford in Oswego, Illinois. Born on March 8, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois, Phyllis's life was a rich tapestry of family, artistry, and service that touched the hearts of all who knew her.
Phyllis, a graduate of Aquinas High School, grew up on Wallace Street and Stoney Park neighborhood of Chicago. Phyllis fell in love and married Harry Stevenson at St. Kilian Church in Chicago on February 9, 1957. They settled in Crestwood, where they began to raise their family. They spent 10 wonderful years together until his early death on June 26, 1967. Years later, she had the good fortune to meet Bill Kehoe, and they were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tinley Park on August 11, 1973, bringing together two loving families. Phyllis and Bill resided with their family in the Crestwood and Naperville communities
 In addition to raising a family, Phyllis worked outside of the home for many years before ultimately retiring from Nalco Chemical. 
A gifted artist, Phyllis found joy in the strokes of her paintbrush, the details of her quilting, and the transformation of furniture through her refinishing. Her creative spirit was a source of inspiration and comfort, not only to her but to all who were fortunate enough to witness her talents. Phyllis's legendary Bailey's Cake was a testament to her culinary skills, a treat eagerly anticipated by friends and family alike. Her heart drew her to volunteer work, spending countless years volunteering for different organizations including Meals on Wheels and making blankets for patients in local hospitals. 
Phyllis's zest for life extended beyond her artistic endeavors. She was an avid gardener, tending to her plants with the same care and attention she gave to her loved ones. Her adventurous spirit led her across the United States and on multiple voyages to Ireland and England, each journey enriching her wisdom and broadening her already expansive worldview.
Loving, wise, and funny, Phyllis's personality was a light in the lives of her extensive family. She is survived by her devoted children, Renee (Robert) Stevenson Mierop, Marianne (Dennis) Kehoe Beechy, James Stevenson, Laurie (Carl) Kehoe Peterson, Kathleen Stevenson Kehoe Kornfeind, Carolyn (Tom) Kehoe Galvin, Harry (Jacqueline) Stevenson, Bill (Sue) Kehoe, Pam (Tim) Stevenson Kehoe Roberts, Sharon Kehoe Porte, and Julie (Tony) Kehoe Lordo. Her legacy continues through her 29 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews, all of whom she cherished deeply. Phyllis also leaves behind her beloved sister, Janet (Steve) Lange Connolly, who shared in the joys and sorrows of life with her. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry Stevenson who passed away June 26, 1967, and Her second husband William who passed away on March 29, 2016, her parents Phillip and Marie Lange, siblings Shirley Fern, Marie "Poppy" Felton, and John Lange.
After retiring, Phyllis settled in the idyllic surroundings of Lake Carroll, where she and her husband, Bill, had been proud property owners for over 50 years. It was here that she spent many happy years, her life full of the laughter of visiting family and the beauty of nature that she so loved.
The story of Phyllis A. Kehoe is one of a life well-lived and well-loved. Her wisdom, humor, and loving nature will be dearly missed, but her spirit will continue to live on in the hearts of those she touched. Phyllis's passing is not just a loss but a celebration of a life that was truly a masterpiece, painted with the vibrant colors of love, laughter, and kindness. As we say goodbye to Phyllis, we take comfort in knowing that her legacy will continue to influence and guide us. Her life was a beautiful journey that has left an indelible mark on the world, and her memory will be cherished forever.
A private, family service will be held on Monday, April 29, 2024 at  Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. A celebration of Life will be held on June 1, 2024, please contact the funeral home for more information.

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Private Interment
April 29, 2024

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
6001 W. 111th Street
Alsip, IL 60803

Phyllis Kehoe Celebration of Life
June 1, 2024

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