John McGowan

John T. "Sean" McGowan

June 18, 1930 - May 29, 2021
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John ‘Sean’ T. McGowan, age 90, Native of Leitrim South, Tubbercurry, County Sligo, Ireland. Proud US Army Veteran, beloved husband of Mary Bernadette (nee Owens); loving father of Colleen (John) Waicekauskas, Mary (Steve) Tolan and John McGowan; cherished grandfather of Sarah, Amy, Steven, Brian and the late David Waicekauskas; devoted son of the late Denis and Nora McGowan; adored brother of Seamus of Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland and the late Patrick, Denis and Michael; fond Uncle Sean to many nieces and nephews, and dear friend and neighbor to many. Proud union member of Bricklayers Local 21 and International Union of Fireman and Operating Engineers Local 143. Enthusiastic volunteer at Chicago Gaelic Park, Oak Forest, IL. Visitation Tuesday from 3-9 P.M. at Lawn Funeral Home. Funeral Wednesday 9:30 A.M. from Lawn Funeral Home, 7732 W. 159th St., Orland Park to St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church, 7399 W. 159th St. Tinley Park Funeral Mass 10:00 A.M. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Masks and social distancing are required. The coffee lounge is closed, please refrain from bringing food into the funeral home. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Misericordia at, 6300 North Ridge, Chicago, IL 60660. Visitation and Funeral info: 708.429-3200 or
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday June 1, 2021 | 3:00pm - 9:00pm
    Tuesday June 1, 2021 3:00pm - 9:00pm
    Lawn Funeral Home - Orland Park
    7732 W. 159th St.
    Orland Park, IL 60462
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  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday June 2, 2021 | 10:00am
    Wednesday June 2, 2021 10:00am
    St. Julie Billiart Church
    7399 W. 159th St.
    Tinley Park, IL 60477
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  • Interment

    Wednesday June 2, 2021 | 11:45am
    Wednesday June 2, 2021 11:45am
    Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
    6001 W. 111th St.
    Alsip, IL 60803
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Carmel Hailes

Posted at 02:29pm
Thinking of you all at this very sad time. To our aunty Bernadette, prayers and loving thoughts are with you. Stay strong. Uncle Sean is reunited with his brothers , sister and loving parents. God bless you all at this very sad time. Maureen, Carmel and Nuala Coventry. ❤🙏 X

Denis McGowan

Posted at 01:37pm
To our dear aunt Bernadette all the McGowan cousins and the extended family in Chicago, deepest condolences from all the McGowans in Leitrim South. We have great memories of dear uncle Sean, especially through our childhood and early adult years. He was a very fine person and Ioved to pitch in with the haymaking when he visited us. Both he and all of you are in our thoughts at this sad time. Kindrest regards, Denis.

Stephen, Paul, Martin, Fiona & families

Posted at 05:08am
RIP Uncle Sean. Love to all The McGowans, so sorry for your loss. Special hugs to dear Auntie Bernie, thinking of you all xxx
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Noreen Sweeney

Posted at 04:39am
Continuation of previous post

With love,
Noreen, John,Chantal, Ashleigh and Graham.( Achill, Leitrim and Donegal)

Cathy Doolan

Posted at 04:30am
Uncle Sean will always have a special place in my heart. When my sister and I moved to Chicago from Ireland in 1986 he and my lovely Aunty Bernie were always there for us. He was a true gentleman. Rest in peace Uncle Sean. X

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