Elizabeth A. “Liz” Whaley

Elizabeth A. “Liz” Whaley, nee Muzzy, age 65, after a brief battle with T-cell lymphoma, of Willowbrook, formerly of Elmhurst; longtime teacher with service at Visitation Grade School, District 205 – Elmhurst and District 96 – Riverside; beloved wife of James; loving mother of Kristen (Anthony) Whaley-Rigano, Katherine “Kat” and David (Brittany) Whaley; proud grandmother of Gabriella Mia and Anthony James Rigano; dear sister of David (Terri) Muzzy, Mary (Greg) Underwood, Alice Gately, Michael (Theresa) Muzzy, Carol (Jim) Gresens and the late Stephen (Patti) Muzzy and Peter (Percy Gibson) Muzzy; beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews. Visitation Thursday, April 4, 2019, 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Gibbons Funeral Home, 134 South York Road, (½ mile North of Saint Charles Road), Elmhurst. Friends and family will meet for a funeral service, Friday, April 5, 2019, 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road (corner of York Rd and 31st Street), Oak Brook. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, 5550 West Executive Drive Suite #300, Tampa, FL 33609 or the Cancer Research Institute, Web Donation, 29 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10006-3111. For funeral information please call 630-832-0018 or www.gibbonsfuneralhome.com

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2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Gibbons Funeral Home
134 South York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126






10:30 a.m. at
Christ Church of Oak Brook
501 Oak Brook Road (corner of York Rd and 31st Street), Oak Brook



In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to

the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, 5550 West Executive Drive Suite #300, Tampa, FL 33609



the Cancer Research Institute, Web Donation, 29 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10006-3111


19 comments on “Elizabeth A. “Liz” Whaley
  1. Jessica Cavanaugh says:

    There are no words to say to take away the hole that she will leave in everyone’s life. She was a sweet and kind woman that raised such wonderful children to be amazing adults. The world was a better place because she was in it. Many hugs and love sent to the Whaley family.
    Love the Greenwich’s

  2. Barbara Johnson says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of Liz. Her smile and love made a difference in my life. I was blessed to work & teach with her in District 96. My deepest condolences to all of her family & friends. I will keep you all in my prayers. Barbara J.

  3. Jim Duddleston says:

    So very hard to hear this news!!
    Rest easy,Miss Liz!
    Thank you for your friendship!


  4. Sue Arntzen says:

    You are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. John and I are deeply saddened by Liz’s death. Liz has left a forever imprint on our souls.❤️

  5. Carol Cowan says:

    Extremely sorry to hear of Liz’ passing – your entire family is in our prayers. May God bless you & give you comfort during this tough time. Carol & Jack Cowan

  6. Doug & Ellen Pierce says:

    Doug and I are in shock at this news. You and your sweet family are in our thoughts and prayers!

  7. Jean Motal says:

    Jim, I will never forget and always cherish the evening the four of us met. We connected in so many ways. Hold on to all the sweet memories you two have created together.
    To the entire Whaley family I wish you comfort and peace as you hold the wonderful memories of Liz in your hearts.

  8. Geri Pasieka says:


    My heart and prayers go out to you. Losing a parent is hole in your heart that can never be filled. But you can fill it with her memories. She will always guide you, you will feel her presence. Your beautiful twins carry her DNA, that will go on and on. What a wonderful mother she must have been to raise such a kind and beautiful daughter inside and out. And now you are passing on that love to your own children.

    Please know there are so many people at Park that have you in their thoughts and prayers!
    Love to you and your whole family!


  9. Gary Gross says:

    Sincere condolences…Gary Gross Modesto, California.

  10. Vicki Elsbury says:

    Your genuine care and concern for others and infectious smile will be missed by all who knew you. Rest in peace my dear friend . ❤Vicki Elsbury

  11. Peter J Kearns says:

    Great friends great family great lady. You will be missed RIP

  12. Bonnie Buckley says:

    My heartfelt sympathy to the entire Muzzy family on Liz’s passing. She embraced life with a friendly, loving spirit. It was my pleasure to know her. God bless her soul.

  13. Raymond says:

    Lifting up the Whaley family in my prayers . You have my sincere condolences. Raymond dist 96

  14. Norm Marshall and Dolores Leclerc says:

    Liz was one of the sweetest people we have ever had to honour to know. About once a year we’d see each other and it was like just yesterday, the welcome was open, genuine and honest. She called my wife Her Sister, made us feel right at home and her smile could light up a room. Her laughter, intelligence, wit and wisdom were clear, she was a true teacher and no doubt loved by her students and the faculty. We will miss her forever. We will never forget the times we got to share. Sail On, Liz, we’ll see you again someday.

  15. Emily Randle says:

    To Jim: my dad, brother and I will never forget spending time with you and Liz at Friendly Tap, Dec. 2018. Liz had such a zest for life, compassion for people and love of music. All our love, The Randle Family (Emily, John, Vince)

  16. JoAnn Hardison says:

    Holding Jim, their children and grandchildren, and all of Liz’s loved ones in thought and prayers as you move through these difficult times. May each loving memory shine candle-bright, bringing peace and comfort to your heart.

  17. Ruth Flaspeter says:

    Dear Jim, Kristen, Kat , David and the entire Muzzy family…..there are no words to express our sorrow for your loss of such a kind and loving soul. Please know that our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you all!! We are gladly making a donation in Liz’s honor to help in the fight against that dreadful disease. Much love, the Seifert families: Karen, Mark, John, Leo, Andy, Toni, and Ruthie

  18. connie lindor says:

    Kat, I am so sorry for the sudden and unexpected loss of your mother. Although I have only known you a short time, it was very clear that she meant the world to you. I can’t imagine how difficult this time is for you and your family. With sadness, Connie

  19. Robert Smith says:

    Jim, Just heard about Liz, So sorry for you and your families loss. Many fond memories from our High School days. May she Rest In Peace. Hope to see you in Oak Lawn some day soon. Bob Smith

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