Noreen Frances Gurgone
April 17, 1944 – April 3, 2018
Noreen Frances GURGONE (nee Winters), age 73, of Chicago, Illinois passed away on Tuesday April 3, 2018. Noreen was born April 17, 1944. Dearly beloved and devoted mother of Samuel (Rhonda), Joseph and James (Cynthia) Gurgone; Proud grandmother of James and Michael; Dear sister of Mary Conroy, Bernadette (William) Hacker, William (Judy) Winters, Margaret (James) McDermott, Betty (Richard) Picken, the late Martin (Kay) Winters, Patricia (Gus) Maheras and Kathleen (Patrick) Tunney; Special and adored aunt to many nieces and nephews; Forever friend to James (Carmen) Gurgone. In lieu of flowers contributions or volunteering to the Make a Wish Foundation would be appreciated.
A memorial mass for Noreen will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Our Lady of the Woods Church, 10731 W. 131st St., Orland Park, IL 60462. A committal service will occur Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 11:45 AM at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 W. 111th St., Alsip, IL 60803. A cremation will occur.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.andrewmcgann.com for the GURGONE family.
- Memorial Mass Saturday, April 14, 2018
- Committal Service Saturday, April 14, 2018
Noreen Frances Gurgone
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April 14, 2018
She was one of the strongest people I know, kind, caring and extremely independent . I guess that was learned at a very young age, the middle child in a family of 9 didn’t have much room for shyness. She was a friend to everyone she met and loved to listen to other peoples journey through life. She had an amazing way of making people feel comfortable. She was opinionated , exciting, and always interested in what you had to say. She made people feel special because she listened to them, never feeling the need to talk about herself, she gave everyone her time without ever expecting anything in return .
Until we meet again......Love, Kathy Ann
April 14, 2018
As I sit here before the service, thinking of all the memories I have of my beautiful Auntie Noreen, I smile. I do so because she always had a way of making me smile, making me feel special, treating me like one of her own. While she was never very good at taking compliments, she was the first to give them. She was so selfless and kind, so genuine and so very funny. I think back on all the memories and I know how lucky I am to have had her in my life. I am a better person for knowing her, for loving her. I will miss seeing her at family functions, as she made each one more fun, and I will cherish every memory I have of our time together. Thank you Auntie Noreen for taking me under your wing when I was learning the ropes at Skyview. Thank you for always being so supportive, loving and kind. Thank you for loving us all so unconditionally. I will miss you so much, but I know we will see each other again. I love you!
April 13, 2018
Words alone cannot express the love and admiration I have for Aunt Noreen. She left an imprint on my heart that can never be replaced. A piece of me went with her and I long for the day she will beat me again at Gin Rummy! They say the eyes are the window to the soul…she had the most beautiful eyes! To know her, was to love her and anyone who had the pleasure to know her surely was blessed!
"Those special memories of you will always bring a smile
if only I could have you back for just a little while
Then we could sit and talk again
just like we used to do
You always meant so very much
and always will do too
The fact that you’re no longer here
will always cause me pain
but your FOREVER in my heart
Until we meet again"!
Rose Astorina (McDermott)
April 13, 2018
My Dearest Auntie Noreen,
Heaven has gained a beautiful, kind, selfless, loving Angel. Our loss is heaven's gain. May you spread your wings and fly, free of pain embracing the wonderful company before you. We know you're in good hands with our Winters clan... we miss you all so much! I admire you more than you'll ever know! I am so proud of your determination, strength, will and grace during your illness. I know you weren't fond of being called a Warrior in the beginning, but it made me smile when you admitted you were towards the end, just to make me happy. You handled it all with such dignity and grace...a real champ!! You never gave up or complained and you always had that beautiful, glowing smile. Another example of your true character, as you handled life in general the same way. You never held back from telling the truth, you always encouraged us to be our best. You always expressed your endless love for all your nieces and nephews. I am forever grateful for the special bond we shared as your niece and Goddaughter. I am blessed and honored to have spent every moment we had together. I will cherish those memories always and continue to share our good times with my boys, who continue to pray for you every night.
I am sure your smile is lighting up heaven, the way you lit up every room. You made us laugh without even trying. I will always remember our special time in my car with my mom going to family showers. It was so hard for me to concentrate on the road, because you had us laughing so hard. You were unique, one a kind, a special gem I will forever hold close in my heart! You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. I know you wouldn't want us to be sad, you would want us to celebrate you and continue the love you shared with all of us! It will be hard for a long time, but know a day won't go by that I won't think of you. I know you are our Angel watching over us! Love you Auntie Nor, forever and a day! Love, Your Rosie XO
April 12, 2018
Aunt Noreen was the best Aunt to me. She was like a second mother to me as I spent so much of my childhood at her house with my cousins. Its amazing to me looking back how she managed to take care of three boys and all of us cousins as well. She knew how much I loved Coca Cola since my mom didn't allow me to drink it at home. Anytime I was over she made sure there was a case of Coke in the fridge for me! She knew how to discipline us kids when we needed it but you always knew she loved you. I will never forget the time when I was going thru a bad boy phase as a teenager. I was in the car with Aunt Noreen and my mom and my cousin Jimmy. I threw my hat out the window while the car was moving just to be a punk. Aunt Noreen pulled the car over and gave me a look I will never forget. She made me get out and grab my hat and get back in the car. It was one of those moments when I needed someone to put me in my place. Aunt Noreen knew I needed some discipline and direction. She had my best interests at heart and I will always be thankful for that.
My wife Caitlyn put it best after getting to know Aunt Noreen for only a short period of time. She said your Aunt Noreen is one of the coolest ladies I've ever met. She had a way of making everyone feel comfortable. She made you laugh and made sure everyone just had fun around her. You find out a lot about a person's character when they go thru tough times. Aunt Noreen was suffering greatly and never once did she feel sorry for herself. She kept her head up and made sure everyone around her knew it was going to be ok. She was more concerned about everyone else even in her darkest days. Her selfless way is something I will always remember and admire.
She will be missed greatly but NEVER forgotten. Her memory and influence will live on with me and in my kids as I use some of the same discipline and love she did on me. I hope to see her again some day so I can thank her again for all she did for me.
Love Jimmy McDermott
April 5, 2018
Noreen was truly "one of a kind." So many memories that will be cherished forever. I have faith that she is with God and at peace .