Rev. Joseph Thomas Cook

August 14, 1959August 17, 2020

Rev. Joseph T. Cook born August 14, 1959, ordained May 24, 1986, at rest on August 17, 2020. Faithful priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago for 34 years recently associate pastor of St. Linus Parish, Oak Lawn and former pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption in Chicago and St. Kieran in Chicago Heights. Beloved son of Mary (nee Kalmes) and the late John B. Cook; loving brother of Jack (Sue) Cook, Beth (John) Fahey, the late Sue (Bob) Polacheck, Marjorie (Lloyd) Wilkey, Jim (Alice) Cook, Cathy (Jim) Honiker, the late Bob Cook, Garry (Theresa) Cook and Tom (Danette) Cook; dear uncle to 21 nieces and nephews; great uncle of 12. Father Joe’s memory will be cherished by many family members, parishioners, and friends.

Rev. Cook will be lying in state on Sunday, August 23, 2020 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Linus Church, 10300 S. Lawler Ave., Oak Lawn. Mass of Christian Burial private. Interment St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park, IL.

Father Joe’s funeral will be live streamed on Monday, August 24, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. You may also check Andrew J. McGann & Son’s website to find the link.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Catholic Charities at or call 312-948-6087. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Andrew J. McGann & Son Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence visit or call 773-783-7700.


  • Lying in state

    Sunday, August 23, 2020


Rev. Joseph Thomas Cook

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Colette Edmisten

August 25, 2020

Fr. Joe attended my confirmation at O’Toole and was on my Marian Catholic Kairos retreat. Such a wonderful person with admiration for our Lord. He was so kind. My thoughts and prayers for his family. He certainly was an angel in waiting. God bless.

Brian Kozlowski

August 24, 2020

I remember Fr. Joe from St. Lawrence O'Toole. He was always very kind, spiritual, and good humored. He was a joy and blessing to all he met.

Donna Coughlin

August 24, 2020

We knew Fr. Joe when we were parishioners at St Lawrence O’Toole. My children were in school there at the time. He was very kind and he was a blessing to our parish.

Kathy Lewis

August 24, 2020

Father Cook was an awesome priest I gained so much from his sermons at St Linus. My prayers are with his family and the parish will miss him.

Joanie Lewis

August 21, 2020

Sending our sympathies and prayers to the Cook Family. My husband and I knew Fr. Joe when he served at St. Lawrence O Toole in Matteson, Illinois. We will always remember Fr. Joe’s easy manner and kindness to all who knew him. Chuck and Joanie Lewis

Denise Blackstone

August 20, 2020

I am so very sorry to the Cook Family. Fr. Joe was a wonderful man with whom I shared more laughs can I say. He was an awesome spiritual soul. What a blessing he was to so many! I will miss him dearly! Heaven definitely got a beautiful angel in Joe!! Rest in peace Fr. Joe!

Pat Hofkamp

August 20, 2020

Fr. Joe was a blessing to St Lawrence O’Toole Parish, my condolences to his family.

Patrick, Julie, Quinn & Jane Pollard

August 20, 2020

Our deepest condolences on the news of Joe's passing. Such a kind soul who shared his gifts and faith with so many. We will keep the entire Cook family in our prayers during this difficult time.

Patrick, Julie, Quinn, and Jane Pollard


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