Alice O’Gorman

November 6, 2018

Alice Cunningham O’Gorman, 92, of Bourbonnais, passed away Saturday (Nov. 3, 2018).

She was born Oct. 17, 1926, in Evanston, the daughter of Edward and Alice Cunningham, of Wilmette.

Surviving are her sons, Patrick (Debra), of Rockford, John (Jennifer), of Overland Park, Kan., Martin (Karen), of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Michael (Ann), of Bourbonnais; daughters, Kathryn (Michael Sigrin), of St. Paul, Minn., Mary Alice Schmidt (Tomas), of San Diego, and JoAnn Schott (Clayton), of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; sisters, Mariellen Sabato and Margaret Ahmann; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Malachy; sister, Monica O’Brien; and brothers-in-law, Anthony Sabato, William O’Brien and Mathew Ahmann; daughter, Anne Smagorinsky; son, James, and daughter-in-law, Sharon; granddaughter, Gina Schmidt; and two great-grandsons.

Alice graduated from St. Scholastica High School (Chicago) in 1944 and the College of St. Teresa (Winona, Minn.) in 1948. She married Malachy O’Gorman on Sept. 23, 1950, in Wilmette.

Alice worked as a substitute teacher in the Kankakee School District and held many volunteer positions. Among these were president of the Kankakee League of Women Voters, tutor at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Education Center (Kankakee) where she taught adult literacy, GED preparation and English as a Second Language. She also was a circuit breaker adviser at Catholic Charities and active in Meals on Wheels and numerous roles serving her parish, St. Martin of Tours in Kankakee, of which she and her husband were founding members.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, West Campus, 907 S. Ninth Ave., Kankakee (formerly St. Martin of Tours). Internment will immediately follow in All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais.

Memorials may be made to Network – Advocates for Catholic Social Justice online at networkadvocates.org or Kankakee Community College ALIVE Literacy Program. Please sign her online guestbook at clancygernon.com.


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