Oehler Funeral Home

2099 Miner Street, Des Plaines, IL



February 18, 1938May 11, 2020

On May 11, 2020 Leo F. Close passed away at the age of 82. Leo was born on February 18, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois to Sylvester and Catherine Close. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes grade school, and DePaul high school. On April 8th, 1961 he married Mary Ann Rubey settling in Des Plaines where together they raised their 5 children. Leo was an electrician by trade. He began his career working at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, as well as at the Chicago Stadium which led to his lifelong love for the Blackhawks. He went on to spent over 25 years as Head of Building Operations for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago until his retirement in 1995. Leo, the son of two Irish immigrants, was proud of his heritage, and often flew both American and Irish flags outside his home in honor of his Irish roots. He had many interests including classic cars, fishing, bird watching, fine cigars, and was an avid collector of varied “antiques”. He enjoyed a good adventure. He and buddy “Jimbo” were proud members of the Jersey Pine Cruisers Motorcycle Club. He famously completed a month long bicycle trip from Chicago to New York and back with lifelong friend Dr. Bob Belinski. In his later years he embraced international travel, including two worldwide tours on freighter ships. Despite his adventures, Leo was happiest with a cocktail in one hand, a cigar in the other holding court with his family. Leo was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary Ann, his brothers Bill, Honorable Michael, Reverend James, and sister Sheila Shea. He is survived by his five children, Kathleen Dunne (Tim), Ann Costello (Dan), Kelly Murphy (David), Jim (Suzy), and Mary Bridget Davoren (Brian), his thirteen grandchildren, Danielle, Matt, Katie, Colleen, Kelly, Charlie, Brian, Mary, Caroline, Fiona, Shannon, Brendan, Shane, his sister Sr. Leticia Close, BVM, bothers-in-law Reverend Charles Rubey and Frank Shea, sisters-in-law Virginia and Kathleen, and many cousins, nephews and nieces. We would like to thank the caring staff at Addolorata Villa and his care givers, Sandra and Mai. Funeral and burial will be private due to Covid-19 restrictions. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, TBD. Charitable donations in his memory may be made to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls or Addolorata Villa.


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Fr Thomas Nangle, CPD chaplain retired

May 19, 2020

God gave Leo the gift of life, and he lived it so well. Leo was the embodiment of “a guy” as he travelled across the face of this earth. May he know our good God’s peace now, forever.

Heidi (Hartz) Watson

May 18, 2020

Kath, Ann, Kelly, Jim & Mary B.
Much love and many prayers to you and your families. Your dad was one of the great ones.
Some of my fondest of my childhood were the times I spent at your home. Your parents were so warm and welcoming -- and fun! Webster Ave. felt like a 2nd home! They were certainly our parents' best friends and after Margie died, our dads stayed in touch over the years.
Certainly Fritz & Margie are whooping it up with Leo & Maryann in heaven now.
Please know I've been thinking of you all and set an intention for Leo quite often in my meditations.

Much love,
Heidi (Hartz) Watson

Sonia Moriarty

May 17, 2020

Thinking of you all during this sad time and wishing we could be with you to offer some comfort. Leo was my Dad’s cousin but he was like an uncle to me. I have such great memories of Leo and Mary Ann in particular the time we went up to Lake Geneva and your Dad took my Dad with him in your mom’s convertible. We all had such fun. We will give him a great Irish send off when we get together. Love and prayers to you all. Love Sonia, Pat, Colm and Padraig Moriarty 💚

Mary Hrovat

May 15, 2020

Please accept my sincere sympathy on your loss of Leo. He certainly loved his family, especially his children and of course, Mary Ann. No doubt they had a joyous reunion. I pray he is eternally happy. I pray also for all of you who will miss him. May your faith be your consolation and your peace.
Sister Mary Hrovat, OP


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