Jeanne Louise Lacy (Virene)
  • 75 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 20, 1940
  • Date of passing: Dec 22, 2015
Let the memory of Jeanne be with us forever

Jeanne Louise Lacy, nee Virene, 75, passed away in her home on December 22, 2015, from Alzheimer's Disease. She is lovingly survived by her children - Thomas, Mary, Michael (Kimberly), Stephen and John. She adored her grandchildren - Thomas, Emily, Owen, Adam, Miles and Zoe. She was the caring sister of the late Thomas, the late Robert (Darlene) and William (Marie). She will be greatly missed by her dog, Maggie, and her cats. She leaves behind countless friends and coworkers, whom she cared for immensely. She attended Loyola University in Chicago and earned her B.S.N. She then entered the United States Navy and served four years in San Diego, CA. She retired from the Naval Reserves as a Lieutenant Commander. She had a fifty year career, working as an R.N. The goodness of her heart was felt by all who knew her. She will be remembered as an animal lover, an outstanding nurse, a true friend and, especially, a loving and caring mother and grandmother. A funeral mass will be held at St. James Church, 134 North Avenue, Highwood, IL 60040 at 10am, with visitation beforehand at 9am.  Burial will be private. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, St. James Church in Highwood or Heartland Hospice. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Mary Lacy on 2nd January 2018

"It's still hard without you, Mom. There are so many things I want to tell you or show you or ask you. I don't have anyone to ask, "what does it mean when..." anymore. But I'm happy that you're resting now and that you're happy. I hope you know how very much me, the boys, and your friends all love you. You were a special woman. Boy, how we laughed!  I'm thankful every day that I was your daughter. Love you."

This tribute was added by Tom Lacy on 22nd December 2017

"It's been two years today that you left us Mom. Merry Christmas, love you and miss you!"

This tribute was added by Tom Lacy on 20th January 2017

"Happy Birthday Mom. I will always miss you on January 20th and will no doubt feel sad but also happy remembering your compassion and your sense of humor. Thomas, Emily and I miss you and love you very much."

This tribute was added by Steve Lacy on 20th January 2017

"Happy birthday mom.  I love and miss you very much."

This tribute was added by Michael Lacy on 22nd December 2016

"I don't know that words can accurately describe what wonderful person my mom was.  In my opinion, she should be canonized as a saint.  Maybe she is lacking the miracle however I think raising five kids by herself in the perfect way she did qualifies.  There are so many examples where my mom's character and strength shown through in situations where others would have folded. From standing by and supporting me unconditionally when I got into trouble to simply standing up and accepting the tremendous task of raising five kids when she realized she would be on her own.  I don't know that I would have responded with the strength and dignity that she did.  I am certain that I would not be where I am now without her love, support and sacrifice.

My mom was kind and selfless, always thinking of others and never of herself.  Every single decision she made was for the benefit of her family.  On top of the enormous task of raising her children alone, she also accepted the responsibility of caring for her older, mentally ill brother at the same time.  She found him housing to live in so he would not be homeless and visited him regularly.  In addition, she also somehow found time to care for her own mother after she was widowed.  I simply can't imagine the strength it would have taken to do everything she did.  I can see where she inherited these qualities as her own parents were of a similar makeup.  Her father particularly was a wonderful person who I loved very much and who was also taken from us way too early.  

With all the burden that was placed on my mom's shoulders, I never once heard her complain about anything. In fact, she always kept her great sense of humor and positive attitude which was hugely comforting to all around her.  She was simply the kindest, strongest, most selfless person I have ever met.  I am honored that she was my mother.  I love you mom."

This tribute was added by William Virene on 23rd January 2016

"I will always remember my Sister Jeanne as a really good person.

She will be greatly  missed.

Brother Bill"

This tribute was added by Eleanor Goeters on 22nd January 2016

"I so remember our days as students at Loyola. After many years of nursing Jeanne and I joined the Navy Nurses Reserve.  Not realizing the other joined, we were roommates  in officer's training together in Florida. What times we had!  You will be missed."

This tribute was added by Steve Lacy on 20th January 2016

"Happy birthday to the best mom that anyone could have ever hoped for. You will always be remembered for your grace and kindness. We all still love you so much mom, happy birthday. Later we'll line up all the cats and dogs to sing the birthday song for you:)"

This tribute was added by Mary Lacy on 20th January 2016

"Happy birthday, Mom. You were my mentor, my friend and you gave me wonderful examples on how to live my life. Every day, there are more happy memories of you and I when we had our "Mommy and Mary Adventures"! I still think about you every day and find it hard to believe you're not here. But I know you're where you are supposed to be - with grandma, grandpa, Uncle Tom, Uncle Bob and all of your pets that left before you, especially Bailey. Thank you for your love, your humor, your compassion, your strength, and your guidance. I love you and miss you - always. ❤"

This tribute was added by nancy oliver on 18th January 2016

"I've known Jeanne since 1957 when we entered Loyola School of Nursing.  Many fond memories of life at St. Frances Hospital, where Jeanne would have her late night snack, a peanut butter sandwich, her favorite.  Then the dark tunnels of Cook County and our OB experience at Lewis Maternity Hospital where we would get up at night to watch or even assist in deliveries!!
Over the past several years a few of the 1961 nursing class enjoyed meeting for lunch.  Jeanne loved movies and books and she would share her favorites with us.  When it got difficult for Jeanne to come, her daughter Mary, would bring her.
Thanks for the memories Jeanne, you will be missed."

This tribute was added by Nancy Gross on 10th January 2016

"Rosemary (Fraser), Jeanne and I (Nancy Hazard) left Chicago together in September 1961 to begin our great adventure in the US Navy as ensigns in the Navy Nurse Corps. Jeanne was the most adventurous and outgoing of us all.  Shortly after we arrived in San Diego and because we said we could swim, Jeanne and I got recruited to appear in a training film for the Navy.  We had to jump into the Pacific Ocean off San Diego but only Jeanne was brave enough to be picked up out of the ocean in a basket and pulled up into a helicopter!  What a gal!  I'm sorry we lost touch when she returned to Chicago.  I shall miss her and always remember our many happy times together as roommates, Navy nurses, and young married couples.  What a beautiful family she had!  I am so sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Pat (Metz) Pauletto on 9th January 2016

"I was in Jeanne's class at Loyola  She was a very sweet person and a good nurse. Unfortunately we lost touch after graduation. Very sorry for the loss of your dear mother. Sincerely Pat"

This tribute was added by Tom Lacy on 2nd January 2016

"A true lamb- you will be missed by those who knew and loved you. As a dedicated nurse, you touched many lives and helped many people over the years. As a Mother, second to none, you sacrificed more than you should have to give your children and grandchildren what they needed. Not only material needs but emotional needs; listening, understanding, offering non-judgemental compassion in times of dire need.
I just wish I had spent more time with you Mom.
I love you"

This tribute was added by Ann Phillips on 2nd January 2016

"Mary's stories touched many hearts & made her beautiful mother known to many who never got to know her in real life. Thank you for sharing her wth all of us. May God bless her and all who loved her.

This tribute was added by Janet Dahm on 29th December 2015

"My Dearest Jeanne - We travelled so many years together in so many
ways...starting with those college days at Loyola on the "L"  together
each morning for two years.   Sharing all our fears for success, all
the angst of how we would spend our life.   We took divergent
pathways, but found ourselves again together.
You will always be with me,   Longing to see you again.
Peace and Love, Dear Friend Forever.        Janet"

This tribute was added by Nancy Hartman on 26th December 2015

"I never had the pleasure of meeting Jeanne in person but certainly feel like I knew her wonderful spirit through Mary's stories. She sounds like the perfect mom - taking care of all in her home and having fun with them too. Rest in peace Jeanne ❤️"

Leave a Tribute:
Invite your family and friends
to visit this memorial:

Subscribe to receive e-mail notifications when others contribute to this memorial.

This memorial is administered by:

Michael and Kim Lacy
Mary Lacy
Tom Lacy


Have a suggestion for us?

We are waiting for your feedback!