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Loretta G Prignano
  • November 20, 1937
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  • September 18, 2022

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Our dear mother, Loretta Gerry Prignano(Dooling) passed away on Sunday, September 18th, 2022 at the age of 84. She was a wonderful mother who was always there when we needed her.

Loretta was born on November 20, 1937 in Evanston Illinois to the late Henri and Mary(Ratcliffe) Dooling.  She was the youngest of 7 children (Donalda, Thomas, Beatrice, Patricia, Jack, Jill), 5 of whom preceded her in death.  She was married to the late Edward Prignano and the mother of 8 children: Michael(Joyce), Richard(Dawn), Thomas(the late Susan), Donald(Liz), Edward(Chris), the late Joseph(Awilda), Mary(Michael) and Patrick(Dawn). She was the proud grandmother of Nicholas(Michelle), Stephanie(Kurt), Jennifer, Lindsay(Joseph), Matthew(Amanda), Tiffany, Ricky(Bethany), Thomas, Kristine(John), Andrew, David, Edward(Bethany), Cortney(Brian), Jessica(David), Keli, Lori, Isabella, Dominic, Angelina.  She was a great-grandmother of 20. Loretta also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Despite her large family, Loretta always made time for everyone.  She always provided support and love for her family.

Loretta was a Registered nurse and worked at Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park for many years before retiring to The Villages, Florida.

Loretta also leaves behind her loving companion Peanut.  Peanut is her 8 year old Dachshund/Chihuahua mix dog.

Loretta will be brought back to Illinois and laid to rest at Queen of Heaven Cemetery with her husband and son.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Diabetes Association in her name.  A celebration of life will be hosted in Illinois at a later date.


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  1. Renee and Buddy Marshall says:
    02 Oct 2022
    To Mary and all the immediate family,

    Your beloved Mother has been our next door neighbor as we enter our 5th year at 901 and although sadly there was not a closer camaraderie between us, we knew she was there and always greeted her while she devotedly walked Peanut (or did Peanut walk her?), whenever we'd see her coming or going, or by bringing mail to her that we inadvertently received...but, most notably, hearing her and Angie, the former owner of 904 directly across the street from us, as they sat and enjoyed conversation, laughter and wine on the patio many an evening.

    As was noted by many of the neighbors, your Mother didn't socialize much and when she showed up at last December's Ladies Luncheon, I was so shocked to see her! What made it more special was that when her raffle ticket number was called to select a gift exchange, she chose mine! When I picked it out, never did I dream she would be the recipient.

    With Angie now up in Atlanta, Peanut going with you, I believe, and Mom "safely and peacefully home", there will be a void whenever we sit out on our patio but we'll know we lost out on getting to really know such a special lady.

    We never knew, as we don't think many did, that she had an illness for many years as she was a very private, yet apparently courageous and spiritual woman who raised a beautiful loving family and took care of many lives as an extension of God's love and care as a nurse and is now being rewarded by Him, his Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit for her dedication and devotion with a forever resting place in Heaven.

    With our heartfelt sympathy,

    Renee and Buddy Marshall

    (Originally placed on Legacy.com Obituary 9-26-22)

  2. Stephanie Rowells posted an image:
    27 Sep 2022
    Grandma with Knox and Sawyer
    Grandma with Knox and Sawyer

  3. Bob Darling posted an image:
    25 Sep 2022
    80th Birthday Party
    80th Birthday Party

  4. Patricia Cronin Price says:
    23 Sep 2022
    Dear Cortney and Brian,
    Our hearts go out to you and your family for the loss of your dear Grandmother, Loretta. What a wonderful life of service she has lived and a great legacy she has left you with the many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers and hope you find comfort in your many wonderful memories of your Grandma. Love Auntie Pat Cronin Price

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    22 Sep 2022


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  7. Donald Prignano posted an image:
    22 Sep 2022
    Mom and Dad on porch at our first home in Bellwood around 1960
    Mom and Dad on porch at our first home in Bellwood around 1960

  8. Angeli Margarida says:
    22 Sep 2022
    My dear, dear friend, you will be missed. You gave me strength when I needed it most and never let me hurt too much at my time of grief. You leave an empty space in my heart. Love you.

  9. MARY VITAIOLI posted an image:
    22 Sep 2022
    Mom and Peanut
    Mom and Peanut

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