Oehler Funeral Home

2099 Miner Street, Des Plaines, IL


Bernice Madaj

February 12, 1944February 8, 2020

Bernice Rosemary Madaj, 75, of Des Plaines, Illinois, entered into eternal life on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Bernice (Bernie) was born February 12, 1944 in Chicago to the late John and Angeline (Rozcyki) Madaj. She is survived by her sibling John (Leona) Madaj and sister in law Loretta Madaj and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Bernice was preceded in death by her siblings and their spouses: Eleanore (Eugene) Turay, Virginia (Stanley) Cwiakala, Richard (Alice) Madaj, Raymond, and Irvin (Geraldine) Madaj.

Bernice was the baby of the family and was very close with her brothers and sisters when growing up. After she graduated from Holy Family Academy in 1962, she joined the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth where she was known as Sister Lorraine. While in the convent, she attended DePaul University in Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She loved taking care of people and enjoyed working at St. Mary’s Hospital and Holy Family Health Center. During her life, family and friends were very important to her. She loved going out to the casinos, on vacation, and on mission trips. She enjoyed volunteering at her church as a Eucharistic minister and lecturer. She loved to watch the birds in her backyard and take care of all of her flowers and plants. She will be missed tremendously.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Bernice's name to a charity of your choice.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 9-10 AM at St. Mary Church, 794 Pearson St. Des Plaines, IL 60016, followed by Mass at 10 AM. Interment will be at St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, 6800 N. Milwaukee Ave. Niles, IL 60714.



  • Visitation Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, February 22, 2020


  • Interment


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Mary Palace Bahry

February 22, 2020

What a sweet and wonderful person she was. We would laugh about her lack of dancing and she would always tease she wanted me to teach her to dance. She will be missed

Kim and family Baron

February 19, 2020

What did Aunt Bern (Bernice- like Charlie called her) mean to us.... first she was love- she loved everyone like she was another earthly mom. She prayed for us, made us feel important, listened and above all wasn’t afraid to tell us what we needed to work on. She supported us emotionally and spiritually. Her faith radiated to family and friends. She was so happy that her great-great nieces and nephews practiced their Catholic faith through witnessing for the unborn, praying the rosary, and serving at mass. Holidays and vacations to see her in the summer had so many great memories- grabbing ice cream at Culver’s, taking the kids for gyros, going to the park, playing card games at Ma’s house, and taking turns sleeping at her house- these are some of the memories that are found in our hearts.

Kim, Annmarie, Madi, Juli and Charlie

Barbara Wesolowski

February 13, 2020

Bernie and I entered the community at the same time after graduating high school and went through religious formation together. We had a lot of laughs and shared many memories over the years. She went into nursing and I went into teaching. Over the years , after we left the community, we still saw each other on occasion and shared the happenings in our lives. I will always remember Bernie as a loving, compassionate, and fun to be with woman. May she Rest In Peace.

Mary Ann Lira

February 13, 2020

Prayers and thoughts for Bernie’s family on her passing away.
Bernie and I were from the same group in the convent, I was Sister Joseann. We also became Facebook friends. I remember the good times we had. She had a beautiful smile and cared for others.