Philip John O'Keefe

November 2, 1947February 9, 2019
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Philip J. O'Keefe, age 71, of Oak Lawn, IL passed away February 9, 2019. Loving husband of Margaret "Peggy" nee Vendl. Dearest father of Christine (Patrick) Bogdovitz, Cathleen (Michael) Grillo, Karen (Aaron) Emmert and Nicole O'Keefe. Beloved brother of Margaret "Peggy" O'Keefe. Proud Grandpa of 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Antoinette nee Pietraszewski O'Keefe. Funeral Saturday 8:45 am from Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn to St. Albert the Great Church, 5555 W. State Road, Burbank; 9:30 am Mass. Visitation Friday from 3:00 to 9:00 pm. Interment St. Mary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or St. Jude would be appreciated. For info: call 708-636-1193 or

After a long battle with lymphoma, Philip J. O'Keefe passed away with family by his side the morning of February 9, 2019 at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL.

Philip is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Margaret "Peggy" nee Vendl. His memories are left behind to be cherished by his children: Christine (Patrick) Bogdovitz, Cathleen (Michael) Grillo, Karen (Aaron) Emmert, Nicole "Nikki" O'Keefe and future son-in-law Ryan Hartigan. Phil continues to live in the heart of his sister Margaret "Peggy" O'Keefe. He will be sorely missed by his eleven grandchildren: Abigail, Jack, Daniel and Nathan Bogdovitz; Natalie, Madelyn and Gianna Grillo; Jacalyn and Violet Wachewicz and Bridget and Zachary Emmert.

Phil was born to the late Leo and Antoinette nee Pietraszweski O'Keefe on November 2, 1947 in Chicago, IL. He graduated from St. Rita High School in Chicago in 1965 and soon after served in the United States Army for 3 years and was stationed at the White House.

After his years in the military, he moved his family back to Chicago, IL where he began his career with the Prudential Insurance Company. There, he was a perennial leader and mentor to many. He enjoyed the company of his colleagues both on and off the golf course. After a 30 year career, he retired as a successful sales manager. Because of his strong work ethic, he was propelled into a new career in banking. He went on to become a branch manager at CitiCorp and later a personal banker at Fifth Third Bank.

With his contagious smile, quick wit and ability to talk to everyone, he built lifelong friendships that he cherished. As a true Chicago south-sider he was an avid Bears and White Sox fan. He enjoyed golf and fishing and always had a story to share with friends and family. He was a member of V.F.W. Post 1139 and had strongly supported pediatric cancer research.


  • Visitation Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Prayer Service Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, February 16, 2019

Philip John O'Keefe

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Glenn And Ray

February 14, 2019

Phil, You are not side by side with us any longer, but you are not gone by any means.
Though our friendship with you was brief, it will be treasured. We are lucky in life to be blessed with sharing stories with you, and you had many story's to share. As we get older, most friends are long term friends it seems, but meeting you was a blessing that I am glad we had the opportunity to experience.
Blessings to Peggy, your children, and your whole family. His heart, soul, and the memories of him will be with you forever.
God's Blessing, and Aloha

Mariann Lovell- Clark

February 13, 2019

Cousin Phil,
You fought a long hard battle and gave it 110% . You will be missed, but I am So glad all your suffering is gone. I am sure there were drinks and a poker game waiting for you when you got to heaven!
My thoughts and prayers are with Peggy, the girls and Peggy.
All my love,

Cathy Grillo

February 13, 2019

I still can’t believe you are gone! I will miss you always but I have so many memories to cherish close to my heart. People may say our relationship was not the traditional father/daughter relationship, and I guess it was anything but traditional. But nobody can change the fact that you are my Dad!

The fight that you fought against cancer, that ugly beast, was so courageous! I am so proud to say that you fought until the very end! You told me that Maddy must have a little of her grandpa in her since she is fighting her AVM so hard. I’m glad you shared that trait with her, although sometimes I’m not so thankful for the stubbornness that you shared with my girls!

You have been a blessing to so many people! A father, brother, husband, grandfather, friend, boss! As hard as this is for all of us, the fact that you are no longer hurting, no longer suffering.....that fact brings us peace. The tears that we shed now will turn to smiles as memories fill our hearts!

Until we meet again!
I love you Dad!

Peggy O'Keefe

February 12, 2019

My "little" brother you put up a courageous fight. I remember when you first told me of your Lymphoma diagnosis, you said you were ready to do battle,

We've shared a lot of good times and some sad times. You were always there when needed.

You were a great son, brother, husband, father , grandpa and friend to many. Thank you for four beautiful nieces. You will be missed terribly.

Love always, Peggy

Debbie Price

February 12, 2019

What a wonderful husband,father, brother and friend.
At least we all had Hawaii my Oaklawn Honey.
You will be sorely missed but I am glad you are now pain free.
Love you always, Debbie and Bill

Margaret O'Keefe

February 12, 2019

My Love, you were and still are my one and only true love. We had so many great times together. There is so much I want to say to you but it is private between you and me. I love you now and always will. I will sign this in your special way just for you. My Love, My best friend and great father of out daughter. You S.L.