When generations of families think of the “Sheehy Funeral Home” name when they have a loss of a loved one, it’s feelings of pride, humility, and loyalty that comes to mind.
Jim Sheehy thinks about his grandfather and his uncles, who all worked to ensure there was trust and equity in the Sheehy name, looking down on his brother Bob and him. It both inspires and motives both of them to continue the legacy of service that has eclipsed a full century.
Suffering a loss, be it expected or tragic in nature, is very difficult for people. What is most comforting during those moments is to know who to call, and knowing they will know precisely what needs to be done so your family can concentrate on their family members and friends. The Sheehy Family has been that family that people on the Southwest Side of Chicago could rely on to take care of all the big things and little things connected to making sure your loved one’s life is celebrated in the most appropriate way. Quite simply, these brothers have grown up learning this and then doing this their entire lives. Their staff are just like family when it comes to compassion, concern and professionalism. You’ll notice this immediately, when you feel confident and comforted that they will see to everything you need. It’s their honor to do so.
We’re here 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year to help families, For any questions about our Services, Memorials, Cremation, Pre-Planning or At-Need, Contact us at (708) 857-7878
Memorial Services are beyond popular these days. Families are planning this method of celebrating life in a manner that meets the needs of all the “Loved ones loved ones” Having less pressure on time and date enable many families to accommodate many more guests than might have been able to attend a visitation or funeral service otherwise.
Bill Kiley of Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home advises families of all of their options to celebrate the life of their family and loved ones. Memorial Services have increasingly grown in popularity as families have become more spread out and travel difficulties and restrictions have placed some burden on close friends and family being able to attend on short notice.
As Bill Kiley states, “Any way we can ease the pressure and offer comfort to families at a time of loss, it’s our responsibility to do so, and we take it very seriously. We will accommodate their wants and needs, and we will absolutely make sure they know this kind of service is available to them.”
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Bob Sheehy “Choosing a Funeral Home is determined mostly by Reputation & Location”
Historically, Sheehy Funeral Homes have been in the center of close-knit parishes and strong faith communities on the south and southwest side of the city of Chicago. From our original location at 76th and Halsted in the heart of St. Sabina and St. Leo to Orland Park in 1988 and the many wonderful growing parishes and congregations. Bob and Jim Sheehy were always connected to a part of those close-knit communities. While they could choose their location as the metropolitan area kept growing and expanding, it was vital to continue to earn the remarkable reputation and legacy left to them by the generation of the Sheehy Family before them. That Legacy of Service and Reputation now extends over 100 years.
That’s a long, proud legacy that isn’t matched by many family owned and operated entities. As Jim Segredo points out, “People all over the southside who grew up and knew the neighborhoods so well, all understood the Sheehy’s were there for them, always.” It could have been St. Sabina or St. Leo, or these days, St. Michael, St. Elizabeth Seton, St. Francis of Assisi, Our Lady of the Woods, St. Bernard, St. George, St. Julie Billiart, St. Stephens, Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church St. Albert the Great, St. Bede the Venerable, St. Damien, in addition to Parkview Christian Church, Christ Lutheran and All Saints Lutheran Church. In fact, annually we visit over 70 different worship spaces for our families’ arrangements. It’s a privilege to serve in each and every place.
Jim Sheehy describes the southwest side of Chicago and south suburbs as “this is truly a very unique and very special place”. It simply can’t be stated better.
Cremation has become more common in the last several years. As Families come to us with that decision already made, often by the deceased person, they aren’t always sure what other options are available. And there are many. At Sheehy Funeral Home, we remain committed to offering every possible option we can to families when it comes to final arrangements for their loved ones.
Funeral Director & Manager Bill Kiley explains that the range of services includes everything from a Direct Cremation all the way up to a full service arrangements including burial or inurnment into a mausoleum. “Families are often not aware of all of the different options available to them with Cremation, even including a Memorial Service at a later date to make it easier for people to attend”, according to Bill. The visitation services have evolved with beautiful flower arrangements to host urns. These visitations can include most of what traditional services include. Memorial Services can be indoors or outdoors in a Memorial Garden. For Veterans, there is dedicated space at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery for inurnment of remains with full military honors. All of our services can be personalized according to the wishes of families with photographs, video displays, registry books, service folders, flag cases, personal floral tributes or other themes and motifs providing dignified services for your loved one.
Our mission is to provide the services you wish. We coordinate closely with Liturgical Directors and Bereavement Directors in all of our Faith Communities. In the Roman Catholic Church, within its Rite of Christian Burial, the burial of cremation remains in consecrated grounds has been approved. We have a full selection of urns. “We are here to ensure families can celebrate the life of their loved ones in the manner they’ve chosen with the full range of options available to them”, reaffirms Bill Kiley.
For details about Cremation, Pre-Planning, At-Need arrangements, or any questions at all, contact Bill Kiley or any of our Licensed and Professional Staff at 708-857-7878 or www.sheehyfh.com We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you ask Bob and Jim Sheehy what some of the most important factors are for a Funeral Home serving families, they’ll tell you it’s about “Reputation and Location”. Both of those are things you build.
Bob shares that Sheehy Chapels have always been located among and between very large parishes in the Chicago Archdiocese; St. Sabina and St. Leo in the early days, and generations later in St. Michael, St. Elizabeth Seton, St. Francis of Assisi, Our Lady of the Woods, St. Bernard, St. George, St. Julie Billiart, St. Stephens, Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church St. Albert the Great, St. Bede the Venerable, St. Damien, in addition to Parkview Christian Church, Christ Lutheran and All Saints Lutheran Church. In fact, annually we have services going to over 70 different worship spaces. It’s a privilege to serve so many faith communities.
When Jim Sheehy discusses the southside of Chicago and southwest suburbs, he wistfully states, “this is truly a very unique place”. And it is. Native southsider Jim Segredo shares that these families have been part of a larger community for generations, and in every instance, the Sheehy Family stood ready to serve them and take care of their every need. Building that reputation over 3 generations is something Bob and Jim Sheehy consider to be the most important mission in the legacy of their family’s commitment to service. As Bob Sheehy puts it, “from 76th & Halsted, to 79th St. to 151st, one thing that has always remained consistent is that you’re still from the neighborhood”.
The neighborhood is and always has been home to us and the families we are blessed to serve.
Pat Byrne and Bob Sheehy were friends for decades. When Pat experienced an extremely difficult loss, Bob Sheehy was among the very first people Pat reached out to. Reflecting on the experience Pat shares that he really didn’t know how Bob was able to be the incredible friend he needed on a personal level, and the extraordinary professional on another level. While profoundly grieving with Pat, Bob took care of everything that was needed and according to Pat “left no stone unturned to make sure every last detail was taken care of perfectly.” If you know Bob Sheehy and the Sheehy family this may not surprise you. Generations of their family have been taking care of generations of families on the South and Southwest sides of the city and suburbs for more than a century. This particular situation was emotionally and painfully close for Bob, but he understood the roles he needed to fill for his lifelong friend.
“The families who have trusted us have been interconnected to our family before my involvement. “My brother Jim and I learned from our dad and our uncles how important that covenant is with families and we’ve done our best to pass on and explain that feeling to every professional at our funeral home and ensure that is how we always conduct our services. We are a family taking care of our extended family of people who’ve trusted us for over a hundred years.” That’s how you define “The Sheehy Way”.
It’s a privilege to have your trust. One we take seriously every day.
We’re here 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year to help families in Orland Park and in Burbank. For any questions about our Services, Memorials, Cremation,Pre-Planning or At-Need, Contact us at 708.857.7878
Robert “Bob” Sheehy has a knack for recognizing those in need and an equally valuable gift for rallying others to answer the call with him.
Sheehy’s philanthropy inspired Leo High School to recognize him with its most prestigious honor. Sheehy, a 1971 Leo graduate, will receive the Leo Lions Legacy Award for lifetime achievement at Leo’s fourth annual scholarship benefit at the Four Seasons Hotel in December.
However, Sheehy will be just another golfer on Wednesday, Aug. 7, when the Leo Alumni Association hosts its annual golf outing at Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont. Sheehy’s modesty masks the hard work he puts in behind the scenes at Leo and elsewhere.
A longtime member of the Leo Advisory Board and its current president, Sheehy played a pivotal role in devising and implementing the strategy that enabled Leo to keep going after the Christian Brothers of Ireland severed ties to the school in 1992. He has remained involved with school leadership ever since. “Bob embodies ‘Facta non Verba,’” said Leo President Dan McGrath. “He has been a great help to me since the day I started working at Leo. Not many people have contributed as much to Leo over the years and in as many ways as Bob has. This award is a fitting acknowledgement of what he has meant to us.” Sheehy is the fourth recipient of the Leo Lions Legacy Award, following Andy McKenna, Class of ’47, Bill Conlon ’63 and Tom Owens ’54. Alumni from the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s are now represented.
A standout receiver for the Lions, Sheehy continued his football career on scholarship at Purdue University, graduating in 1975. He and his brother, Jim Sheehy, Leo ’77, operate Robert J. Sheehy and Sons Funeral Homes in Burbank and Orland Park. Sheehy’s philanthropy extends well beyond Leo. A conversation with like-minded friends provided inspiration for a group now known as The Mulliganeers, a non-profit dedicated to raising the trajectory of needy people’s lives throughout the Chicago area, especially when children are involved. Rather than respond individually to those in the throes of misfortune, The Mulliganeers decided to pool their resources and find strength in numbers until many hands made for light work.
“We each recruited 10 guys and got more,” Sheehy said. “The amazing thing was so many guys knew each other. We knew we were on to something.” With a mission to provide assistance for those in need, The Mulliganeers have raised $5.7 million and helped 392 families out of hardship since 1995. “The Mulliganeers exemplify all of the great qualities that are Bob Sheehy,” said Ed Kearney, a 1973 Leo graduate and Mulliganeers board member. “In turn, Bob exemplifies all that is great and generous in the mission of The Mulliganeers. “Where ever Bob Sheehy bring his talents, he does a masterful job of utilizing everyone’s talents and bringing people along and into the fold who can contribute to the mission.”
We save every note we get from families in a file we call “Roses”. Naturally they are a beautiful expression by families that make us feel good. They’re actually more than that, to us. They’re a reminder of how much it means to people when we do everything we need to do, and we’ve promised to do, to ensure that their experience is a beautiful remembrance of a person they loved so deeply.
We encourage our entire staff to revisit our Roses File often to remind them of the things that mean the very most to people under trying and difficult circumstances. It is never lost on us how much effort and strength it takes for a family to think of us at a time where they have just experienced a loss. We know that it’s our responsibility to make them feel better and make them as comfortable as we possibly can. We want to attend to every detail from the most obvious, to the most intuitive, based on continually honing our listening skills to know what we can do to provide the very best service and experience we can create. It is our privilege to be serving families for 3 generations and over 100 years.
When we receive a note letting us know we’ve done just that; it’s a rose.
For at-need services, pre-planning services or any questions you may have, we would be honored to speak with you any time of day or night. Our funeral homes are located in Orland Park and Burbank. Contact us at 708-857-7878 or http://www.sheehyfh.com/
The timing of a loved ones passing is never easy. There are times when the complicating factors are even greater with extended family out of town, holidays, school schedules, or any variety of reasons that make it more difficult for people to attend services and offer families the comfort they truly want to be able to share. Robert Sheehy & Sons Funeral Director Bill Kiley explains how Memorial Services have grown in frequency to allow families more time to plan the service and maximize the ability for people to attend and honor the life of their loved ones.
Often, it’s been Saturday afternoon Memorial Services since there isn’t the added pressure of a cemetery schedule the next day to be concerned with or locked into. It fits into many more schedules and relieves pressure on families rushing to meet timelines. As Bill Kiley states, “Any way we can ease the pressure and offer comfort to families at a time of loss, it’s our responsibility to do so, and we take it very seriously. We will accommodate their wants and needs and we will absolutely make sure they know this kind of service is available to them.”
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We continue to Serve Chicago and the Southwest Side for over a Century
The Sheehy Family has been in the Funeral Service industry since 1913. This is our 3rd Generation of Family Owned & Operated commitment to the many generations of families we’ve been privileged to serve over that long span of time. The feeling we get from families who are trusting us to serve them generation after generation is very humbling to our family. We’ve moved locations over the years without ever leaving the parishes and neighborhoods where our families and friends called home. Each year we visit nearly 70 different faith and parish communities in fulfilling the final wishes of the families we serve. The history of each and every one of these communities fill us with pride and gracious images as we continue to visit them and lay to rest members of families who built these communities and parishes and helped them continue their missions in the great neighborhoods of the Southwest Side and Southwest Suburbs. To have the “Sheehy” name associated with these places within this large geographical swath of Chicagoland is a remarkable feeling for our family.
With our chapels now in Burbank and Orland Park, Illinois, Bob and Jim Sheehy, sons of Robert J. Sheehy maintain the trust and responsibility of carrying on the premium service that has defined our father, uncles, and grandfather. We know they’re all watching, and expecting this generation to meet and exceed the family’s commitment to the current generations of families we serve. And we’re committed to doing just that. If you need us, we’re here. And honored to continue serving your family.
When the need for our services arise, we promise to do everything possible to make sure that your primary responsibility is comforting your family and friends. We’ll take care of all the details that need attention. Feel free to contact us at any time of day or night, any day of the year, should any question or need arise. We’re available for a consultation on at need or pre-planning of funeral services. There is no cost or no obligation with our consultations. Simply, an opportunity to help you in any way we can.
Cremation has become more common as a final disposition as time goes on. Often families are honoring the wishes of their loved ones who have made this choice. AtSheehy Funeral Home, we are dedicated to offering a full range of options to families with Cremation as the final disposition. Those options include, but are not limited to Direct Cremation, limited services or full traditional services. Many families choose a visitation in our chapel with their loved one present, either within a casket, or a Cremation Urn with a photograph of your loved one. These services can be personalized according to the wishes of the family. We’ve also provided Memorial Services both indoor and outdoor in a Memorial Garden. In the case of a Memorial Service, we can provide Memorial Registry Books, Service Folders, Flag Cases, Personal Floral Tributes, or any theme or motif that facilitate a dignified service for your loved one.
We will coordinate with Faith Directors in parishes and congregations for the most appropriate services. In the Roman Catholic Church, within its Rite of Christian Burial, the burial of cremation remains in consecrated grounds has been approved. Sheehy Funeral Home offers a full selection of urns and containers for burial, entombment, or safe keeping. “Ultimately, we want to give families all of the options available to them. We can pre-plan or make funeral arrangements at-need. We’re here to help families celebrate the life of their loved one in the manner they desire”, says Bill Kiley, a long time funeral director at Sheehy Funeral Home. Whatever a family needs or desires; we’ll provide.
For details about Cremation,Pre-Planning,At-Need arrangements, or any questions at all, contact Bill Kiley or any of our Licensed and Professional Staff at 708-857-7878 or www.sheehyfh.com We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“It’s truly remarkable to us how loyal families have been to our family”, is how Jim Sheehy describes the feeling. Along with his brother Bob, they are the “sons” in Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home, with locations in Orland Park and Burbank. The Sheehy name and services is measured not in years or decades, but a century. For 3 generations, the family has been providing funeral services on the south, and southwest side and suburbs of Chicago. So many of the families are families that have been served by Jim and Bob’s grandfather, father and uncles, and now it’s their honor to serve.
“Our name and reputation is important to us because of the generations who served our community before us. To know that when people are experiencing their most difficult and trying times in life, they are choosing us to help them is a very humbling feeling and a great honor for us”, states Jim Sheehy. He adds, “the southwest side of Chicago is among the most unique places there is. The closeness of families and the loyalty among them is incredibly special”.
For any information on At-Need Services, Pre-Need Services or any questions you might have, call us anytime of day or evening. We’re here. Call 708.857-7878 or visit www.sheehyfh.com/
In the past, the determining factor in choosing a funeral home had more to do with location and being close to the neighborhood. What has transcended that now that families are more spread out, is a sense of trust. Knowing that a family is managing the care of your loved one and will be with you every step of the way is important to families. What hasn’t changed and never will, is that these services are the last time a family will have an opportunity to honor the life of their loved one and offer extended family and friends the opportunity to offer comfort, share precious experiences and say farewell as a community to a very loved member of their family.
Connecting to a Funeral Home that’s been there for generations with a family maintaining long relationships over time is important to people. With over 100 years in business, the Sheehy Family has provided funeral services to as many as five generations of families who have chosen them at their time of need or for prearrangements. As Bob Sheehy says, “it really comes down to trust.” It’s a privilege to have the trust of the families who choose Robert Sheehy & Sons.
Robert and James Sheehy are carrying on the tradition of their grandfather, Roger, their uncle Roger and father, Robert that started in a storefront at 76th St. and Halsted Ave. in 1913. This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the Sheehy family providing service to Chicago’s south side families. Continuing their tradition with funeral homes in Burbank, IL and Orland Park, IL, Bob and Jim Sheehy are the standard bearers of the Sheehy Family Funeral Homes in Chicago. Jeff Vorva of The Regional News and The Reporter newspaper sat down to interview the Sheehy Brothers recently and filed this story documenting the Sheehy Family history in the funeral industry.
The Southwest Suburban publication The Reporter published a very nice article about our family’s commitment to serving our communities. Most important to us is the article highlighting that our commitment today is the same as it has been for 3 generations of the Sheehy Family and a hundred years of continuous service to the families we have been privileged to serve. We thank every family who has entrusted us with caring for them and their loved ones during their time of need. We’re truly honored to be chosen to assist them. With 84 years of combined experience with our current staff of directors, we’ll continue to be there for families when they need us.