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Laura Jean Howe

Laura Jean Howe Born February 9th 1962 Died March 6th 2021 After a courageous battle with a brain tumor Laura has finally went to be with all those who have passed before her. In true Laura fashion she faced this battle head on never asking why me and not wanting any of us to grieve for her. She was born February 9 th 1962 at Gottlieb Hospital in Melrose Park IL with the distinction of being one of the first born in the newly opened facility. In true Laura fashion she got to go home from the hospital on Valentine’s Day. She was the Daughter of Ronald Brown of Chicago and Monica Papiese of Schaumburg IL and was the fourth of six children. She married Robert Howe of Chicago IL in Las Vegas NV on September 22nd, 1985. She is survived by her husband of 35 years Robert of Wood Dale IL, daughter Michelle (Mark) Nosek of Roselle IL and son Robert (Brianna) Howe of Hiawatha IA. She leaves behind four loving grandchildren Michael (MJ), Mark Jr. and Myles Nosek of Roselle IL and Florence Howe of Hiawatha IA. She was also known as Grandma Laura to all the kids in her extended family. Also surviving are her mother Monica Papiese of Schaumburg IL along with five siblings, Susan (Jon) Matuszak of Chicago IL, Robert Brown of Zion IL, Daniel Brown of Seminole FL, Mary Holub of Schaumburg IL and Ronald (Ronnie) Brown of Seminole FL. Her sister in law Marilyn (Jim Sauers) of Bloomington IL and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her father Ronald Brown of Chicago, step father Carl Papiese of Schaumburg IL ,in laws Robert & Florence Howe of Streator IL, her brother in law Jim Sauers of Bloomington IL, along with many grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Laura was loved by all that knew her and was well known for her acts of kindness throughout her life. Her home was always open to anyone who needed a place to stay or just a roof over their head for a day, month or even a year or two. She was a former accounting office worker at Vienna Beef in Chicago IL, waitress at Gabby's in Wood Dale IL and was also a lunch lady at Oakbrook School in Wood Dale IL where she most likely paid more out of her pockets for kids who needed lunch than she earned. She spent many years as a fixture at the baseball fields in Wood Dale and could usually be found in the concession stand or just sitting in a chair watching the kids play ball. But by far her greatest accomplishments were her children and grandchildren along with her special nephew or other son Michael (Ana) Roberts of Coolidge, AZ. Laura liked to spend time at any casino within driving distance and could be the life of any party. She had the ability to listen to a few notes from some obscure song and name that tune. She was also known to seriously dislike brake lights and bridges which may have been the only two things she truly hated. Laura’s family would like to thank the countless number of family and friends who helped with care, meals, reached out to comfort us and just general support during this trying time. The assistance and visitors we received showed how much Laura was loved by so many people. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity or do a random act of kindness for someone who needs it. The family also will accept donations as well to provide for her grandchildren’s futures. Please always remember: “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die” Thomas Campbell “That we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us” Helen Keller “If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I will stay there forever” Winnie the pooh “No more pain, no more suffering” Unknown A memorial will be held March 20th from 1-3 with a brief service starting at 3PM. Please note masks are required. Mission Church 82 Stratford Dr. Bloomingdale IL 60108 Arrangements entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation Options of Schiller Park, Illinois.


On behalf of all at Vision Engineering, we express our deepest condolences on the recent passing of your wife, Laura. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you be comforted by the love and support of family and friends and may your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Vision Engineering Mar 19 2021 12:00 AM

I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere condolences.

Ronaldo Novaes Mar 15 2021 12:00 AM

What a courageous women that went through hell & fought to the end. So happy to have met you, & may you Rest In Heavenly Peace now. Love & miss you.

Judi Christopher Mar 15 2021 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Sue Dorko Mar 14 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Monica & family. There are no words that can express how sorry I am for your loss. Sincere condolence to you all. May God give you comfort now & the days ahead.

Jane winsor Mar 13 2021 12:00 AM

Very sorry for your loss. Bob you know I understand the pain you've endured these past 6 months. Keep close to family nd friends to help you through the times ahead

Roy Nickel Mar 13 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry Sue prayers for you and your family

Gina Ross Mar 13 2021 12:00 AM

Wish I could be there with you and family love you Bobby

Deb Sorenson Mar 13 2021 12:00 AM