Kathleen A. “Kathy” Tjarks, 72, of Bourbonnais, passed away Thursday (October 11, 2018) at Miller Healthcare in Kankakee. She was born October 9, 1946, in Kankakee, the daughter of John Jr. and Lois (Bydalek) Tjarks.
Kathy graduated from Bishop McNamara Catholic High School in 1964. She also was a graduate of Illinois State University. She was a kindergarten teacher and worked in education her entire career. She was involved in a sewing group and a card club. Kathy was a 16-year cancer survivor and courageously battled many illnesses throughout her lifetime.
Kathy was a parishioner of Maternity BVM Catholic Church in Bourbonnais.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, John and Lisa DeRubeis, of Westminster, Md; one daughter and son-in-law, Gina and Craig Noe, of Henry; five grandchildren, Jessica Ashbeck, Lindsay Glenn, Joshua Noe, Maddisen DeRubeish and Emma DeRubeish; five great-grandchildren, Kenlee, Hannah, Nora, Easton and Cecelia; one brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Teresa Tjarks, of Bourbonnais; special nephew, Jeff (Tonya) Tjarks, of Downers Grove; special great-nieces, Addy and Hadley; and many special friends. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents and one infant son, Joseph.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at Maternity BVM Catholic Church in Bourbonnais. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery in Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley or Maternity BVM Catholic Church.
Please sign her guestbook at www.clancygernon.com.