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Sandra Kit OHeir

Sandra “Kit" O'Heir, lifelong resident of the Chicago area, most recently Streeterville, entered eternal life on November 29, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Richard (2006). Loving mother of Michelle (Peter) Castellarin, the late Kathleen (Michael) Lehnerer (2012), Julie O'Heir, Peggy (James) Zegley, Richard (Lisa) O'Heir, Jr. Cherished "Nana" of 14. Her “sweet angel darlings” are Stephen (Rebecca) Castellarin, Megan (Andre) Varghai, the late Michael (Sara) Lehnerer (2015), Jake Lehnerer, Nicholas Lehnerer, Colin Quinn, Duncan Quinn, the late Molly Quinn (2019), Timothy (Chelsea) Zegley, Sarah (Nicholas) Santefort, Zachary (Lisa) Zegley, Hayden (Chelsea) Zegley, Joseph O’Heir, and Aidyn O’Heir. Great grandmother (Bisnonna) to Peter and Cali Castellarin, Sean and Benjamin Varghai, Michael and Ella Lehnerer, Jack Zegley, and Penny Zegley. Dear sister of the late John (June) Cora, the late Donald (Andrea) Cora, Daniel (Toni) Cora, and Diane Johnson. Fond aunt, cousin, and friend to many. 

Kit grew up on the south side of Chicago and established friendships that would last her entire life. She attended Mercy High School and, during her high school years, met Rich O’Heir whom she eventually married. Kit and Rich were married for 49 years until his death in 2006. Their relationship stood as an example of love and commitment to all around them.  As a young mother, Kit had her hands full with five children but found time to be active in the community. She was a Girl Scout and Brownie troop leader and coached volleyball at her kids’ grammar school, St. Jude the Apostle, in Dolton. As her kids began to go off to college, Kit took her love of interior design to the next level. After graduating from the Ray-Vogue College of Design, she opened her own business, KitRich Interiors. Kit was a loving and generous friend who enjoyed travel, the theater, and exploring the vibrant restaurant scene in Chicago and the Palm Beach area of Florida. She was never happier than when she was traveling with her Southside crew or attending the theater or a new restaurant with family or friends. She was a life-long learner and loved attending classes at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) with her Jupiter, Florida, pals, even discovering a hidden talent for painting later in life. Kit leaves her legacy of love and friendship with all of us and we can take comfort in knowing that she is back together with

Rich, the love of her life. Although we are not able to gather together to celebrate Kit’s life, you are invited to honor her life by making a donation to Misericordia, a loving community close to her heart, or the American Cancer Society to combat a disease that has taken too many family and friends. 

Arrangements entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation Options Schiller Park, Illinois.


Very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to your family. Shane Altergott

Shane Altergott Dec 9 2020 12:00 AM

We extend our most sincere condolences on the passing of Kit. We remember her as a woman who gave the biggest hugs and had the biggest heart. Always asking How everyone was doing. May Kit now Rest in Paradise as we keep her and your entre family in our prayers and sending our Love to you all.

Mary & Scotty Clifford Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Peggy, your mom was a remarkable woman. Now I know where you got it from. May her memories be a blessing.

Denise Decoste Dec 3 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry for Your Loss, My Condolences to the Family. Sandra Maheras

Sandra Maheras Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM

To the entire O'Heir family I am so very sorry and what a great lady she was. So many good memories of her making life fun for us when we were kids.

Peggy Clark Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

Kit was a light for us all, she leaves behind her a beautiful family and so many wonderful memories. Sending our best! Xoxo the Farquhar Family

Debi Farquhar Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

Loved our "Breakfast Club" at Butch McGuires on Saturday mornings for many years. Loved our associations with Kit and Rich and the enjoyment of many parties together. Gracious hosts in Florida with lots of laughter. She has been missed for the past year while trying to heal. May she now rest peacefully in Rich's arms and enjoying heavenly bliss. Dolores And George (Sol) Salituro

Dolores and George Salituro Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

To all that were lucky enough to call her Mom or Nana, our deepest sympathies on your loss. Kit brought so much love, generosity, and laughter to us all. Thanks for sharing her with us. Relieved she is no longer in pain and with your dad once again. Love to you all.

The Sabres Family Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

Sending love and prayers to all who will miss Aunt Kit . I'm sure that she's at peace with all of the family in Heaven. Love and prayers

Eileen Jeffries Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

To the children of Kit i would like to offer my heartfelt condolences.kit was a wonderful person and a dear friend.she was a special friend to my beloved nancy.i will always cherish the many times that nancy and i shared with kit and rich.

Tom kernagis Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

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