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Marsh Funeral Home

305 N Cemetery Rd, Gurnee, IL

OBITUARY

Keith Michael Abrams

March 7, 1984January 31, 2020
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Keith Michael Abrams, age 35, of Gurnee, passed away on January 31st, 2020. Keith was born on March 7th, 1984 in Hazel Crest, Illinois. Beloved son of Michael and Christine (neé Condon) Abrams. Loving brother of Ashlee Ann (Brian) Abrams. Dear boyfriend of Sarah Finley. Cherished nephew of Jeanine (Terry) Luby, Colleen (Bill) Nolan, Irene (David) Richardson, Franceen (Larry) Chmielewski, Geraldine (Rick) Pajak, and Michelle (James) Burke. Treasured cousin of Terry Luby, Jessica Widmont, Charlie Luby, Jill Schumann, Billy Nolan, Tara Chmielewski, Nicole Chmielewski, Samantha Chmielewski, Brittani Pajak, Gessica Majka, and Tommy Vail. Keith was a kind person with a gentle heart. He loved his family, girlfriend Sarah, his guitar, music, comedians, basketball, and baseball. Visitation will be held Sunday, Februrary 9th, from 4-8 PM at Marsh Funeral Home, 305 N Cemetery Rd, Gurnee. Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 AM on Monday at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 6401 Gages Lake Rd, Gurnee. Interment will take place at a later date. Please make a donation in memory of Keith to Families Anonymous at www.familiesanonymous.org or the National Alliance on Mental Illness at www.NAMI.org For funeral info: MarshFuneralHome.com or 847-336-0127.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 9, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Monday, February 10, 2020

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Jessica Widmont

February 10, 2020

To my cousin kieth
You will forever be in my heart on my mind thoughts and prayers. You will be so greatly missed I love you and will see you again some day!
I have many special memories with kieth. I always felt like we shared a special bond. You were my very first cousin on this side of the family. My dance partner at weddings we both stood up in together. One specific memory I have is of aunt Geri and uncle Rick's wedding. Kieth was the ring bare and I was flower girl. We laughed and made silly faces and danced the night away. I mean literally danced so much I ended up falling asleep on a near by table. Another memory I have is spending lots of time in meme and papa's pool swimming and playing ping pong with kieth. It's funny cause even times when my own brother Terry didn't seem to want me to play ( probably because at the time I was the annoying younger sister getting in the way of boys time) kieth always said he'd play me a game after him and Terry played. He always kept his word and played me a game. All the while making me smile and laugh. I know the time is coming soon in just a few short hours where we will all have to say goodbye. With heavy sad hearts and teary eyes. But this isn't goodbye by sweet cousin I will see you again! We will swim in meme and papa's pool and dance the night away just like when we were kids and save that last game of ping pong just for me kieth. I love you and will think of you often remembering the good times. The world was a better place with you in it kieth. But now heaven is a better place with you there too.
A hug and kiss on the way to you . You will be greatly missed but this isn't goodbye forever it's till we meet again and I know we will. Xoxoxo your cousin Jessie.

Fran Chmielewski

February 9, 2020

Keith Michael Abrams, a kind and loving man that I am blessed to call my nephew and my godson. He was a beautiful baby who grew into a sweet and smart little boy.  As I had my girls, I will always remember Keith and his excitement at all of our celebrations, starting with the baptisms (at church planted at the baptismal font, not wanting to miss a moment!);  he couldn’t wait to hold the newest newborn, such a happy grin on that boy’s face, even if that baby was getting fussy! Then at each of my girls’ birthday parties, Keith was always there to assist with the cake, the gifts and if there was a sad face, Keith would run over, give a hug, a smile and laugh and be silly, or whisper something, he knew just what to do or say to make it better ... always so caring, so loving !  At Christmas, Keith was more excited to give a gift than to receive one and eager to help to open and set it up for his little cousin! … always so loving, always so caring, that was Keith. As a teenager, Keith was quite the cool young man, playing his guitar 🎸setting up a mic so you could accompany him, and loved to share his favorite music with my girls; I mean after all, not everyone had an older cousin who would burn you a CD 💿 of Island in the Sun!

 Amidst the sadness since Jan 31, I feel Keith is close and it warms my heart and it feels so comforting but I am not surprised, because that is Keith … always so loving, always so caring.

With all my love,

Aunt Fran

Larry Chmielewski

February 9, 2020

My family and I can reflect on many fond memories of our get-togethers with the Abrams family and Keith over the years. He was kindhearted and like a big brother to our daughters. He was bright and eclectic. I recall his love of music, the guitar and roller coasters. He liked retro rock music and once with his guitar he played a riff from a popular Ted Nugent song for me. He was also competitive, with his cousin Terry, he was always eager to take on his Uncle Rick and me in a game of basketball or pool. While we are deeply saddened by his departure from this world...we rejoice for him as he is now in God’s presence and those dearly departed family there to greet him. Keith will forever live in our hearts.

Ashlee Abrams

February 6, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories with you keith. One that sticks out the most is playing baseball with you. The first time I held a bat was because you taught me to swing it. The first time I caught a ball was because you showed me how to use my mit. When you and I someday meet again, we will play a never ending game of baseball. We will keep no score. Just like in sandlot, we will pickle the beast only the beast will actually be Mindy. I will keep my patent leather shoes shiny and we will choreograph the best dance routine to any song you want. We will ride on the shock wave and we won't even have to wait in line. You will forever be in my heart and on my mind..... until we meet again my sweet brother.

Tom and Margaret Nolan

February 6, 2020

So sorry to hear about Keith’s passing. He existed because God loved him so in that single existence his life has all the meaning in the world to God.

Regards Tom and Margaret Nolan

Carrie Roseman

February 5, 2020

Keith was a very talented musician! He would light up the room when I visited him and Sarah. I will miss him dearly.

Michelle Burke

February 4, 2020

Those we love ❤️ don’t go away, they walk besides us every day. Unseen, unheard , but always near, so loved, so missed so very dear. Keith is a nephew I could be my true self in front of. He’s private, quirky, made you laugh, a jokester, talented, smart and lovable. At family parties we could sense what each other was thinking and laugh out loud ..regarding something said, a gesture, making fun of someone or just being silly. Will forever ❤️, miss , think and pray for you! XOXO Aunt Michelle..

Sarah Finley

February 4, 2020

My sweetest Keith, the love of my life. He made everyone he knew laugh, and his laugh was infectious and the first thing that drew me to him. I knew we were soul mates from the first date and we were inseparable after that. I will always remember crusin through Walmart making chicken noises and laughing at peoples faces. You inspired me with your talent and fierce intelligence. I will see you again someday my love...one day.

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