Jeanne Rita Kevil

Jeanne Rita Kevil, nee Hopkinson, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the wee hours of August 5th. Born in Chicago, grew up in Oak Park, was educated at Ascension Parish Grade School, Trinity High School and Rosary College; raised her family in and longtime resident of Elmhurst; beloved wife of the late John “Jack” Joseph Kevil, Sr.; beloved mother of John Jr. (Donna), James (Victoria) and Stephen (Pat) Kevil, Therese (Tim) Koch, Patricia (Tom) Sundahl, Michael, and Martin (Karen) Kevil; proud Nana of 19 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, including the late Joseph Gabriele Kevil; cherished daughter of the late Bernice and the late John Hopkinson. After Jack’s passing, Jeanne learned to drive again and became fiercely independent. For 33 years she worked at Tom Collins and Assoc. as his secretary and office manager. The work suited her servant heart. Jeanne, a history buff and avid reader, enjoyed innumerable visits with her Oak Park and Visitation Church friends playing bridge, enjoyed her weekly trip to the hair salon, always has beautifully painted nails, and loved her countless visitors to her birdbath on the deck outside her kitchen window. Jeanne’s 82nd year was a millstone – it meant she outlived all her relatives on the Hopkinson side; and now just shy of 90, she was the last of the world’s greatest generation among all of the related families. She will be missed by her potluck club, still active after 72 years! Visitation Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, 9:15 until time of funeral 10:15 a.m at Gibbons Funeral Home, 134 South York Road, (½ mile North of Saint Charles Road), Elmhurst. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. at Visitation Catholic Church. Interment Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Hillside. For funeral information please call 630-832-0018 or

Memorial Service Program





3:00 p.m.until 8:00 p.m.
Gibbons Funeral Home
134 South York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126





9:15 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.
Gibbons Funeral Home
134 South York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126





11:00 a.m. at
Visitation Catholic Church
779 South York Road
Elmhurst, Illinois





Following Mass
Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
1400 South Wolf Road
Hillside, Illinois 60162


14 comments on “Jeanne Rita Kevil
  1. Margaret Costello says:

    Heartfelt condolences on the passing of a great woman, filled with love, laughter, & a zest for life.
    Margaret & Joe Costello

  2. Phil Steik says:

    She was a wonderful lady. My mom had a lot of nice things to say about her and, I’m sure, sat across the bridge table from her a time or two! I also remember her patience when the Vis Kids from the East would congregate in front of her house on school days.
    May God Bless her and keep her

  3. Penny Milnamow says:

    Our dearest Kevil family. What a beautiful tribute to your Mom! We will truly miss Aunt Jeanne. Love to you all. Paul and Penny and family

  4. LuAnn Conroy says:

    Oh how we loved her smile, quick wit and open door! There will forever be a void in our hearts! May she Rest In Peace!

  5. Cheri and Larry Embling says:

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. It is never easy to lose a loved one no matter their age. Our prayers are for your peace and comfort during this time of sadness. I know you will move forward with so so many awesome and love filled memories.

    Love always
    Larry and Cheri Embling

  6. Tom Gibbons says:

    Condolences to all of you. A truly great lady. She is in great company now and we have another guardian angel.

    God Bless,

    Tom and Mary Gibbons

  7. Pat Lorimer says:

    So sorry for your loss. Such a sweet lady!
    Pat & Dan Lorimer

  8. Mary Meyers says:

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Jeanne in person but she had to be a great lady and a wonderful Mom. There must be many happy memories that will comfort her family. My condolences to the Kevil family.

    Loving thoughts,

    Mary Meyers

  9. Melanie Ivanic says:

    My deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother. May you find peace and comfort in your memories, Will keep all the family members in my prayers. She was blessed with a loving family.

  10. Susie True says:

    Hi to all you Kevil’s. I am so sorry I am unable to come to the wake and funeral. I’m on my way to Galway for Patrick’s wedding. But just wanted to let you know I am there with you in spirit and sending you love and my sincerest sympathy. I’m sure you have been hearing lots of great stories about your mom today. Quite a life our parents had! And they gave us so many happy memories. There is nothing like family and sharing experiences with friends, your best friends! And now we carry on the legacy through our families. Jeanne will be sorely missed by you and so many others. But take comfort that she is in a better place and she’s back with Jack!
    Love and prayers,

  11. Debbie Tharp says:

    Sending prayers, thoughts, and wishes of comfort your way on the loss of Mrs. Kevil to all the family. She sounds like she was
    a very special lady. Debbie Tharp

  12. Jim Weniger says:

    Jim, so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Both your mom and dad were wonderful people and raised a great family. Judy and I will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  13. Melissa Mueller says:

    We attended the most lovely funeral Mass Thursday at Visitation – for the most lovely Jeanne Kevil. We are so glad we were able to say goodbye to Jeanne at such a splendid service! Our thanks for Father Kearney and to Marty and to the many Kevils who participated in the liturgy. Our family is from Elmhurst, and the kids attended Visitation School too — and so of course we know and have appreciated the Kevil Clan for many decades. They were and are a fabulous family, well-known and well-loved. We are all blessed to have enjoyed Jeanne in this life, and we’re certain she’s delighting God and his angels in her next life as we write! We send our love and our prayers to you all — The family of Jewell Rita Mueller and the late Danny Mueller, and their kids (and their families) Melissa, Mary Beth, Megan, Danny & Maura.

  14. Pat Hoffmann says:

    Mrs Kevil was kind to everybody especially the children. I am good friends with her daughter terry and she treated me as her own. Mr and Mrs Kevil will always own the corner is kearsage and Adams . She will be missed.

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