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St. Mary Of Gostyn
Saturday January 8th, 2022

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William Joseph Hennessy

William Joseph Hennessy , 77 , of Westmont, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family. Beloved spouse of his precious Janie (née Shermeta) Hennessy, whose passing broke his heart. Father of Andrew Hennessy, Captain, U.S. Army (retired). Brother of Loretta Sheehy. Predeceased in life by Bernard Joseph Hennessy (Father) and Catherine Durkin (Mother), and siblings Eleanor Hennessy, Bernard Hennessy, Leo Hennessy, James Hennessy, Ethelrita Harris, Helen Manksy, Catherine Houghland and Patrick Hennessy. Graduate of St. Etheldra Grade School (1959), Mendel High School (1963), University of Illinois (1967) and Chicago Kent College of Law (1979). Trial Lawyer for over 30 years who dedicated his career to helping the less fortunate by doing pro bono cases for Shriners Hospital, Misericordia and other institutions that could not afford legal representation. He was a devoted husband and father and he never wavered in his responsibility to love, cherish and provide for his family. The mass of celebration of his life will be at Saint Mary’s of Gostyn Church on Saturday, January 8th, 2022 at 10 AM. Interment at Queen of Heaven cemetery will be immediately following the mass.

Arrangements entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation Options of Schiller Park, Illinois


My Uncle Bill was such fun when Pat and I were young! We’d sleep over at grandmas, take over his space, but he always managed to get us back by scaring the living daylights out of us while tucking us into bed.
There’s a Boogie Man in that closet, so if I were you, I wouldn’t get out of bed tonight.
He was the young, cool Uncle with the cool car! Every time he visited us in Evergreen Park it was a fun time! I loved him dearly and he will be missed immensely!

Elizabeth HENNESSY -Ruzevich May 25 2022 8:05 PM

Our most sincere condolences to our most loved cousin Andrew and our extended Hennessy family on the passing of Uncle Bill. He was a most astute and compassionate man who simply read people and situations in true Hennessy style! He was much loved and now grieved by his first cousin Betty (nee Hennessy) of Kildare, Ireland now residing in England, and her daughter Helen who will always remember his big heart and the most fabulous 5th Birthday Party in the Hancock Tower he threw for her. Our prayers and Mass are offered for the repose of his soul until we all meet again at the Hennessy reunion in Heaven.

Helen Young Jan 3 2022 9:38 AM