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Anna R. Gorlen

Anna R. Gorlen, age 89, a 55-year resident of North Riverside, died August 23, 2014 at Burgess Square Healthcare and Rehab Centre in Westmont. Mrs. Gorlen and her late husband of 60 years, Chester, were charter parishioners at Mater Christi Church. Mrs. Gorlen was named the Mater Christi Guild’s Women of the Year in 1998, where she was honored at the Cardinal’s Luncheon by Cardinal Francis George. She belonged to the village of North Riverside’s In-Between Club and also enjoyed cooking, gardening and her family. Survivors include her three children, Keith (Carol Weisner) Gorlen, Gary (Pam) Gorlen, Mary Ann (Jim) O’Connell; three grandchildren, Gregory, Dan and Adrienne Gorlen; three sisters, Ludmila “Dolly” McLain, Olive “Lol” Turek and Carole (John) Havel; two brothers, Larry and John “Junior” (Paula) Klein; and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother, Augie Klein; and sister, Sylvia Goslawski. Funeral Friday, August 29, 9:30am from Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 S. DesPlaines Avenue, North Riverside to Mater Christi Church, 24th Street and 10th Avenue, North Riverside. Mass 10:00am. Interment is at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Mater Christi Church, 2431 S. 10th Avenue North Riverside, IL 60546, Alzheimer’s Association –Greater Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60631 or Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 E. 56th Street Floor 8 New York, NY 10126-2839 would be appreciated. Visitation Thursday, 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.KuratkoNosek.com. Info: 708-447-2500.


Thursday, August 28, 2014 – 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home


Friday, August 29, 2014 – 9:30am Prayers at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home

10:00am at Mater Christi Church


Friday, August 29, 2014 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery


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My heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Ann. She was such a wonderful person. I was so lucky to have been a child running through her house and yard, stealing pea pods in the garden and snap dragons down the driveway. The holidays were always so special as I loved the parties in the basement. The Christmas tree with its popcorn strings anb village were always set so perfectly in the living room. The food, smells, and friendships were a childs dream. Now we cherish those memories and never forget, the wonderful neighbors we all were. God bless and rest in peace.

Karen Bretz (Kehl) Aug 26 2014 3:54 PM