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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Kenny and Sheehy and McGann funeral parlors
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 21:27:50 -0500
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Thanks for the history lesson, Bill.

Like you I attended many wakes at Sheehy's and Kennys.
I have a weak memory of having attended a few in the old
neighborhood, maybe it was the original Kennys on Halsted.

My father however left instructions in 1972 to be buried from what
was then O'Donnell/Bartz on 103rd, later merged with Donnellan.
That surprised a lot of people, they expected him to be buried from
My immediate family has stayed with Donnellan.

Are those McGanns the same family that was involved with the Bowler
Bros (Tom and Jack) who owned the Beverly Woods Restaurant on 115th
and Western.
Those Bowlers were also involved with Brighton Krug construction and
some downtown restaurants. There had been several McGann managers
over the years,
going back to when it opened in the 50s. My dad and one brother knew
that McGann family pretty well.

I attended my last at home wake in Jan of 1962. It was very nice.

Thanks for your comments.


My dad's Brennan grandmother was a Sheehy, and supposedly we have
some connection to that Roger Sheehy family, but I've never been able
to figure it out.

On Apr 27, 2007, at 7:51 PM, wrote:

> Nan,
> I only have known Kenny Brothers being in Evergreen Park, as I
> lived there for over 20 years. I knew the Kenny Brothers' sister,
> as she was a neighbor growing up. Her married name was Miller. Her
> husband was a sale rep for Pfizer. Mom used to call him for samples
> all the time, when one of her eight got ill.
> However, as a kid, I attended many wakes and funerals at Sheehy's.
> As a teen, we used to smoke the stale cigarettes they had sitting
> in the ashtray, while our parents were conversing and mourning by
> the casket. Well, at least the women mourned, the men conversed.
> Mom used to tell me that the old Irish wakes were much like that.
> They had the wakes in the family home. (This makes sense with what
> Kathy said the other day about the undertaker's certificate.) The
> women mourned in the parlor, while the men conversed and drank the
> liquor in the kitchen. When the liquor ran out, the men went out
> the back door to the neighborhood bar.
> Sheehy's was located at 82nd & Ashland for amny years until they
> moved to 107th & Pulaski. Several years later, the Sheehy brothers
> died leaving the business to their partner, Andrew McGann, and
> their sons. Andy stayed at the 107th St location while one of the
> sons built one in Burbank on 79th St. The other son had one in
> Palos on 127th St, I think.
> Bill
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Nan Brennan <>
> Date: Thursday, April 26, 2007 23:34
> Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Jeremiah E. O'Brien Visitation funeral
> 1955
> To:
>> Jul 13, 1955 Chicago Tribune
>> Jeremiah E. O'Brien, beloved son of the late James and
>> Catherine, nee
>> Healy;
>> fond brother of Marguerite Davidson, Patrick Thoms, the late
>> Nellie
>> Clancy,
>> Marie Gavin, Dennis Joseph, Catherine Frombach, and James J.
>> Funeral Thursday, 9am from funeral home 5435 S Halsted st.
>> to Visitation church. Interment Mount Olivet.
>> Members of Leo Council KofC will meet Wednesday 830pm at funeral
>> home.
>> Boulevard 8-0662
>> Anybody know the name of this funeral parlor? Was it Kenny's?
>> Sheehy's?
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