Chapel Hill Gardens South Funeral Home & Cemetery

11333 South Central Ave, Oak Lawn, IL


Katherine E. McKenzie

August 20, 1928January 7, 2018

Katherine E. (Katy) McKenzie nee Montana, age 89. Of Riverside and formerly of Oak Park and Chicago. At rest January 7, 2018. Former wife of the late Daniel B. Loving mother of Kathy Lynn McKenzie, Janice (Drew) Burkhart and John McKenzie. Proud grandmother of Samantha Burkhart. Dearest sister of Mary Ann Vulich. Fond sister-in-law of Grace (the late Gerald) Van Swol. Aunt of many nieces and nephews. Katy will be greatly missed by her feline friend Zoey-Grace. Visitation Monday, January 15, 2018 from 10 a.m. until time of service 11 a.m. at Judson Baptist Church, 1252 N. Austin Blvd. Oak Park Illinois 60302. Reception to follow. Interment will be private at Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery. Katy worked for the West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing for many years. In her role as a page for the Riverside Public Library, she came to consider the staff and patrons as extended family. Katy found love and community at Judson Baptist Church. Donations in Katy’s memory may be made to the Riverside Public Library or Judson Baptist Church. Arrangements entrusted to Chapel Hill Gardens South Funeral Directors. Info:708-636-1200



  • Lying in State Monday, January 15, 2018
  • Uneral Service Monday, January 15, 2018


  • Interment Private


Katherine E. McKenzie

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Terrence O'Neill

January 11, 2018

To the McKenzie and Burkhart families. So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother and grandmother. I hope that you find peace and comfort in the coming days.
With Deepest Sympathy and Heart Felt Condolences.

Terrence O'Neill (Phoenix)

January 11, 2018

We were privileged to serve along side Mrs. Katy at Judson. Her servant heart impacted so many for her Lord. Her longevity and faithfulness in ministry is remarkable. May God's grace abound. Pastor Rob and Debbie Jones

Shirley Beagle

January 10, 2018

Dear Katy, my partner in crime at WSCN. You were tireless in helping everyone. I will forever remember the little bubblegum birthday cakes for the nursing students, the candy jar you kept filled, and the love and laughter you shared. My dear friend, I miss you.

Thank you to those from the Riverside Library who became her work family. She loved being there & her "adventures" emptying the outside book drop.

Kathy,Janice,Samantha & John: never doubt how much she loved you all. You were the center of her universe. May God comfort you.

Mary Sichz

January 10, 2018

I was sad to hear of the passing of Katy. I knew her from working with her at West Suburban School of Nursing(1987-1992) Such a sweet, loving woman- always so welcoming, encouraging and above all, fun. For such a little woman, she had the biggest heart. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her...my prayers go out to her children. God bless.

Jenn Navarro

January 10, 2018

Kathleen, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. You shared so many wonderful stories about her and I know she will be missed!

Christine Ricker

January 10, 2018

I knew Katy from the Riverside Public Library and I know Sherilyn Monkemeier (another writer for this Guest Book) from the public library in Western Springs, so I'd like to "take a page from that book" and say how wonderful Katy was when we worked together, with her wit and kindness. My sympathy to all her human and feline friends and family.

January 10, 2018

Thanks, Sherilyn.. she loved the West Sub students and faculty! (Are you Laurilyn's sister?)

Sherilyn Monkemeier

January 10, 2018

Katy was a wonderful friend and mentor to me in my early 20's at West Sub, where we worked together in the office. She loved to laugh, and genuinely cared for people. My sympathies to you, Kathy and Janice and John. She was so proud of you. I'm so glad to know that I will see her again in Jesus' presence.