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Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Kenny and Sheehy and McGann funeral parlors
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2007 21:46:45 -0500
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Bill,

Thanks for the clarification. I knew about the partnership with Andy McGann, but never knew the names of the Sheehys. I should have, as I went to school with Patty Sheehy, Jr.'s daughter (I think).
Bill
----- Original Message -----
From: Bill King <>
Date: Sunday, April 29, 2007 20:52
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Kenny and Sheehy and McGann funeral parlors
To:

> Roger Sheehy Sr. and later Jr. and Andy McGann were involved in
> the Sheehy funeral home at 76th and Halsted in St. Leo
> Parish. It later moved to 83rd and Ashland. After
> the death of both Rogers the other Sheehy brothers joined Andy
> McGann in the business. Later they split up and it is now
> Mcgann's and there are 2 seperarate Sheehy funeral homes. Andy
> McGann's cousin was a partner with Tom Bowler in several restaurants.
>
> Donnellan funeral home was first at 77th and Jeffery in Our Lady
> of Peace Parish. They later opened up other locations at
> 105th and Western and in the north suburbs. The Donnellan
> family sold the South Side locations and name around 1980 but
> have kept the north side locations.
>
>
> Bill King
>
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Nan Brennan <>
> >Sent: Apr 27, 2007 9:27 PM
> >To:
> >Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Kenny and Sheehy and McGann
> funeral parlors
> >
> >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
> >Kenny's.
> >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.
> >
> >Nan
> >
> >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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