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Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL

OBITUARY

Loretta Rose Tevis

June 6, 1935July 23, 2020
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Loretta Rose Tevis (nee Chesney or Szczesny) ascended on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at the age of 85 after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer and heart failure. Loretta was born to Francis (nee Mieczkowski) and Walter Szczesny (Chesney). Loretta was second generation Polish and was born in Chicago, IL where she lived for 48 years. Loretta was married for 27 years to her first husband, William Charles "Jacob" Breisch in 1952. Jacob passed in 2003. She met her second husband, Paul Tevis, at the District, where he was a C.P.A., and they were married for 14 years. Paul passed away in 1997. Loretta lived in Hanover Park, IL for 36 years. Loretta retired from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in Chicago, IL where she worked as an Executive Secretary for over 33 years. Loretta was a multi-talented artist who made oil/charcoal/watercolor/airbrush paintings and jewelry, and avidly sewed and crocheted. Loretta is survived by her children, Sandra Lee (Dr. Harold Berner) Breisch and Dr. Lisa (Kristy) Breisch; five grandchildren; and, several great grandchildren. Loretta was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Walter Szczesny; husbands, Jacob Breisch and Paul Tevis; son, William Charles Breisch; and, siblings, Edward Szczesny, Henry Szczesny, Lily Biela, Walter Szczesny, Jr., Jenny Grazzini, and Peter Chesney. Please join us in celebrating her life and honoring her death. Visitation will be held at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL 61115, from 5-8p.m, on Friday, July 31, 2020 www.dignitymemorial.com. A Polish Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 201 Buckbee Street, Rockford, IL 61104, at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, August 1, 2020. A burial will take place on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Michael, the Archangel Catholic Cemetery, 1185 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067.

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  • Loretta is survived by her children, Sandra Lee (Dr. Harold Berner) Breisch and Dr. Lisa (Kristy) Breisch; five grandchildren; and, several great grandchildren. Loretta was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Walter Szczesny; husbands, Jacob Breisch and Paul Tevis; son, William Charles Breisch; and, siblings, Edward Szczesny, Henry Szczesny, Lily Biela, Walter Szczesny, Jr., Jenny Grazzini, and Peter Chesney.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

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Lisa Breisch

August 4, 2020

I wanted to give high praises to Mercy Health Hospice for their weekly care and reassurance, all my mother's medical providers, Sunset Funeral Home in Machesney Park, IL, St. Stanislau Polish Catholic Church in Rockford, IL, and St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery in Palatine, IL for assisting our family through this very difficult and painful time. My beautiful and very dearly loved mother, Loretta Tevis, passed peacefully in her sleep at age 85 on 7/23/2020 from metastatic breast cancer and heart disease. It was truly an honor to have her live with us for 11 months and for my wife and I to be her full-time caregivers. We have peace and closure knowing we did everything we could for her and we could do nothing more than accept the reality of death, as death eventually takes us all. I just can't imagine the rest of my life without my mom, she has always been the rock of our family. Now all of our deceased loved ones will finally be together! Again, thank you to everyone who was there for her and us!

Claire Papiewski

July 27, 2020

We will miss you, Loretta! The portrait of our cat, Katrina hangs in our dining room. That portrait was painted by you, so you will be remembered every time we look at it.

Much Love,

Alfred and Claire Papiewski

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Loretta's dog, Rosie, with Scoobie Doo, 2019.

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Loretta's dog, Rosie, with Scoobie Doo, 2019.

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Loretta and Lisa at Goebbert's Farm, Fall 2013.

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The Chesney Family, pre-1970, Frank, Jenny, and Pat Grazzini; Tommy, Timmy, Scott, Suzie, and Peter Chesney; Walter, Irene, Kenny, and Linda Chesney; Lilly Biela; Gail Chesney; Sandy and Billy Breisch, and; others.

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