Mary Ellen Candlish, nee Bonis

Mary Ellen Candlish, nee Bonis, age 67 of La Grange Park.  Beloved wife of Dennis Candlish; loving mother of Jonathan Candlish; sister of Jackie (Jerry) Posluzny, Valerie Bonis and Daniel Bonis; sister in-law of Frank (Louise) Candlish;  aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation Friday, January 4, 2019 from 2 P.M. to 9 P.M. and Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 9 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.

Funeral Saturday 9:30 A.M. to St. Louise de Marillac Church, La Grange Park.  Mass 10 A.M.

Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.

Memorials appreciated to the American Cancer Society, 225 Michigan Avenue #1200, Chicago, IL 60601.

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  1. Alan Hale condolence:

    I have known Mary for about 42 years. She and her family have become part of our family. I will miss her kindness, her love of life, and the love she gave to her family and everyone she met. Dennis and Jonathan we love you very much, and want you to know that she will be missed greatly.

    We are so sorry for your loss, Dennis, Jonathan, Val, Jackie, and Danny.

    While we are sad, we want to celebrate her life.

    Rest In Peace Mary,

  2. Elaine Burke condolence:

    Our family has the best memories with Mary, Jonathon and Dennis. I could not have asked for a better friend than Mary. She was always there for us. We will miss all the laughter we shared together with her. She was a great mother, wife, best friend, godmother and honorary aunt to our children.
    Our prayers are with you always,
    Elaine, Kevin, Meghan, Jessica, Shane, Ryan and Amy
    (also Layla, Rogan and Jack)

  3. Gena Cuttone Kawka condolence:

    My deepest condolences to Dennis, Jonathan, and family. Mary was very kind, caring and thoughtful, and always did her best to keep Schubert teachers connected. She was a very compassionate teacher and dear friend to many of her colleagues. She will be dearly missed.

  4. Carmen Valdez condolence:

    My sincerest condolences to the Candlish family. Mary was a loving and caring teacher and friend. She was always so happy and always brought a smile to everyone. So sorry to hear of her passing.

  5. Rosa G condolence:

    My sincere condolences to the family. May you find comfort in God’s Word, which promises that our loved ones will see life again. (John 5:28,29) God will permanently remove the enemy death and all of its pain. (1 Corinthians 15:26) The Bible gives us hope.

  6. Jessica Paul condolence:

    My deepest sympathies to Mary’s family and close friends. I have vivid memories of our interaction during high school choir at RB so many years ago. A vivacious personality, the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen, and a sweetness are what I will remember. My thoughts are with you.

  7. Kathy Forcier condolence:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Dennis, Jonathan and family. We have so many fond memories of Mary and the special times we shared together. I was so fortunate and blessed to have Mary as a friend . Friends like her are a treasure. We will miss her greatly .

  8. Terry Notko condolence:

    My deepest sympathy to Mary’s family. I was a real fan of Mary in high school! We always manage to get ourselves in trouble in study hall. In fact we sat at our own table for one semester and we would laugh and get into more trouble. Mary has a smile that could light up an entire room. I will miss seeing her at our upcoming reunion. Gone way to soon. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

  9. Maria DiPaulo condolence:

    I’ve worked with Dennis for several years. During that time I was able to meet Mary. She had such a beautiful energy and fun-loving spirit. Over the years she sent countless delicious baked goodies to the office with Dennis. It was obvious thatDennis and Mary had a great amount of love and respect for one another. My heart goes out to Dennis and Jonathan during this difficult time.

  10. Jeanette Osowski condolence:

    Dennis, we are very sorry for your loss of Mary. You, Jonathan, and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love from Uncle Ed, Jeanette and Keith.

  11. Ginny Hluchan condolence:

    I offer my heartfelt sympathy to Mary’s husband, son and loved ones at this time of sadness. Mary and I were classmates at RB. I remember her sense of humor, cheerful attitude and that radiant smile of hers. Her kindness has long been appreciated. She will be missed…prayers of comfort

  12. Ruth Koncos Seaney condolence:

    Mary, was a real sweet person.I will miss seeing her at the 50th Reunion. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband and family.

  13. Anna Tyszkowski Catelli condolence:

    Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. So sorry for your loss. She was such a sweet lady and will be greatly missed.

  14. Dave Masterson condolence:

    So very sorry to hear this. I don’t know anyone who did not like her. She radiated a kind, friendly spirit. My condolences to Dennis and family.

  15. Tracy Wrisley condolence:

    My deepest condolences for the Candlish family. Mary was one of the first teachers I met when I started working at Schubert in 1990. She took me under her wing and guided me through my first year teaching. Her smile every day truly captured her love of teaching. I know she touched the lives of every child she taught and every teacher she taught with.

  16. Cindy Seles-Reese condolence:

    Mary always had a great energy, wonderful smile and was full of life. I will always remember her from high school, she kept her own book of jokes arranged by subject. My heartfelt sympathy to her family during this difficult time. She will be greatly missed.

  17. ryan Burke condolence:

    hello Mary i miss you so much thank you for being my best godmother have fun in heaven

  18. Carolyn J Stanek condolence:

    Mary always had a smile and a cute smirk for those of us who were lucky enough to know her at R-B and to re-acquaint ourselves with her during recent class reunions and meetups. Wishing you, Dennis, my sincerest condolences, for as Willie Nelson said, you won’t get over this, but you’ll need to get through this.

  19. Laurel (Cannon) Woebbeking condolence:

    I was heartbroken to hear of the passing of Mary. I went to grade school as well as high school with her and can remember all the laughs we had with her. Always had a smile and great outlook on life! She will be missed at our next HS reunion this upcoming year. Heartfelt condolences to both the Candlish family and the Bonis family! Heaven, I’m sure, is ringing with laughter with this newest angel!

  20. Patty (Waitek) Dixon condolence:

    My deepest condolences to Mary’s family. Mary and I met in Mrs. Atkins’ kindergarten class at Gross School and remained friends through grade school and high school. Recently I was looking at some childhood photos and came across several of Mary, especially at birthday parties in our pretty party dresses! I will never forget her infectious laughter. Rest In Peace Mary Ellen.

  21. Diana and Dave Monje condolence:

    Dennis, we send our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  22. Sue,Don & Kelli condolence:

    Dennis,Jonathan, Family and Friends we are sorry for your loss. Mary will live on in our hearts and memories, her compassion for life was unbelievable. The love she had for her students was awesome she had a heart of gold. Rest In Peace Mary

  23. Kerry Chicoine condolence:

    I’m sharing in your sadness, Dennis, as you remember your beloved Mary. My sincere condolences to you and your loved ones in this time of loss.

  24. Grigor Avoundjian condolence:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you feel surrounded by much love. Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember Mary who was so close to you. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  25. Lydia (Cookie) Olson condolence:

    Mary was one of a kind. If you were with Mary, you never left a restaurant, bar, store or women’s restroom without meeting new people. Her sense of humor was priceless. She left us with many wonderful memories and those are what we should keep close. God bless Mary’s family.

  26. Eugene Schnarr condolence:

    Mary made sure she greeted every teacher at Schubert with a kind word and a big smile. The same greeting was given to every student who was fortunate to have her as a teacher. The world lost a wonderful person. Beautiful memories are never lost. God Bless her family during these difficult days.

  27. Laura Feirick condolence:

    I am so very sorry for your loss, Mary was an amazing women, daughter, sister wife, mother and friend. Her kindness and compassion was unmatched. My prayers are with all of her family.

  28. Maureen Vaughan condolence:

    Mary celebrated life by fostering her deep faith in Christ and fulfilling her gift of stewardship preparing for the lord. She used her gift of stewardship by teaching children, cooking/baking and making people feel loved and important.
    With great enthusiasm, she made arrangements well in advance to make sure Dennis was available to celebrate their wedding anniversary at mass. She loved you Dennis and Johnathan more than anyone in the world. Her face lit up in your presence. Mary’s memory of love, stewardship and kindness will live on deep in my heart.

  29. Maureen Vaughan condolence:

    Mary celebrated life by fostering her deep faith in Christ and giving her gift of stewardship preparing for the lord. She used her gift of stewardship by teaching children, cooking/baking and making people feel loved and important.
    With enthusiasm she made arrangements in advance to make sure Dennis was available to celebrate their wedding anniversary at mass! She loved you Dennis and Johnathan more than anyone in the world. You can see it in her eyes and smile. Mary’s memory of love and kindness will live on deep in my heart.

  30. Cyndy Jirsa condolence:

    I first met Mary with her “larger than life” personality” in 7th hour PE class at RB & had the privilege to get to know her better throughout the past (almost 50!) years. She always had a smile, a laugh, and a genuine interest in everyone she met. Our loss is heaven’s gain.

  31. Janice Jones condolence:

    We first met Mary through family friends – Liz and Alan Hale. Her warmth and humor were contagious. Although we saw her infrequently over the years, each time we were together she remembered family names and genuinely cared how everyone was doing. Such a dedicated wife and Mom, she always had something wonderful to say about Dennis and Jonathan. She will be deeply missed!

  32. Betsy Berger (Murrin) condolence:

    We are so sorry to hear this news, and our hearts are heavy for Dennis, Jonathan and the whole Bonis family. Mary Ellen’s parents, Em and John, were best friends with my grandparents and me, my sister and my cousins are the third generation to have memories of Mary Ellen and the Bonis family. No one was kinder, more loving, more faithful or more genuine than Mary Ellen. I will miss seeing her every Fourth of July at the Brookfield parade, but will always remember her smile and her warmth.

  33. Deanna (Slinkman) Kratochvil condolence:

    What can you say about losing a friend of 58 years. She will be so missed. Great memories of so many happy times spent with Mary. All the way from our days at Gross School together, to Mary being my Maid of Honor almost 50 years ago to my three grown daughters who still call her “Auntie Mowie.” My sincerest sympathy to Dennis, Jonathan and all of the Bonis/Candlish Family. Our joy is that we know we will see her again someday.

  34. Teri Terrazino condolence:

    A bright light has gone out in the world with Mary’s passing. Her quick smile and infectious laugh welcomed and put everyone at ease. I’m so grateful Mary started our high school reunions, giving all of us the chance to rekindle old friendships and begin new ones to this day. Dennis, please know you’ll always be an important member of the group. Sincere condolences to you and your family.

  35. Valerie Bonis condolence:

    On Monday 12/31/18, a bright light went out in our world, but I believe Mary’s light is shinning brighter now in Heaven with our Lord, Jeasus Christ.
    I love you Mary and will miss you forever, Sister, wntil, one day we will all be together again.

  36. Jan Troendly condolence:

    My deepest sympathy to family and friends of Mary Ellen. She was a sweet spot in many lives.
    She will be missed in many ways.
    Thank you JESUS for loving her so much. To a life well lived. Amen

  37. David Elmer condolence:

    Mary always took an interest in others. She easily made friends and was well liked by the people who were fortunate to have gotten to know her. Her smile and sense of humor were special. Mary had an important part in our Gross and RB reunions. Mary will be greatly missed. Condolences to Mary’s Family.

  38. Julie Conmy condolence:

    So sorry Dennis for your family’s and our loss of sweet Mary. She will be missed for a very long time. RBHS has lost another wonderful loving soul.

  39. Lauren (Olson) Lombardo condolence:

    Mary was truly an amazing human. She loved life, her family and friends so deeply. She was always a person who I enjoyed talking and laughing with. She will truly be missed by many. Dennis and Jonathon- Anthony, Joey, and I send our deepest condolences. We love you guys.

  40. Edward Mosna condolence:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bonis and Candlish families at this difficult time. Mary was a great person and neighbor with a wonderful and loving attitude. Mary will be missed by all that knew her. God bless.

  41. Greg larson condolence:

    We are very sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family please take the time to Heal and hang in there now ya hear

  42. Roy/Ruth Aldrich condolence:

    We only have sweet memories of Mary and hope that your sweet memories bring you comfort at this time. May God bless and comfort you. Hugs

  43. Nancy Rajkowski condolence:

    Dear Dennis, Jonathan, Jackie, Val, Danny,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you are comforted by the times you shared with Maryellen. May she Rest In Peace.
    Cousin Nancy

  44. Jerrold Zack condolence:

    Mary, Mary, Mary, your gregarious laughter, warm kindness and infectious smile will be sorely missed.
    My deepest condolences to Dennis, Jonathan and the Candlish/Bonis Families. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time

  45. Robert Ferrara’s condolence:

    Julie & Bob express their colendolanes to Dennis,& jJonathen and rest of the family. Mary Elen Knew what was emportant in life and lived her life according. We will miss her.

  46. Bryan Fernau condolence:


    I am very sorry and express deep sympathy for your loss. I pray for you and your family that you have peace and comfort during this difficult period.

    “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

    Be well!

  47. Chuck & Marje Owen condolence:

    Our sincerest sympathy goes out to Dennis, Jonathan, Jackie, Val, Dan,and families. Mary will be missed by everyone who knew her. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

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