We at the Francis O'Neill Club are very sad to inform you of a tragic loss to our Francis O'Neill dance community. Noreen Conway, one of the earliest members of the Francis O'Neill Club, passed on Sunday. Always smiling, always welcoming and kind, always ready to share a hug or a laugh, she embodied the Chicago dance spirit.
We're picturing her dancing the Connemara with her beloved John tonight. We hold her beautiful, loving family in our hearts and prayers.
Noreen Agnes Conway, nee McLaughlin, 91, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on June 7, 2020. She inspired laughter and joy, sipping on a Manhattan, even in her last days.
Noreen, always a proper lady, was born March 9, 1929 and married her favorite waltzing partner, John, on December 30, 1950. She was a long-time member of the Francis O’Neill Ceili and Set Dancing Club and celebrated every Sunday with her second family at SMM Guitar Mass. She passionately tended her vegetable garden and shared its bounty with neighbors till the age of 90.
Noreen was preceded in death by her husband John and golden retrievers, Jake and Bear. She is survived by her sister Grace (George) Donlin and brother Jim (Sara) McLaughlin, her children Sue (Bruce) Matsunaga, Jack (Lisa Fields), Katie (Cyndy Ciolino) Brian (Debbie) and Rita Kreuger (Bruce Reinwald), her 17 adoring grandchildren and 16 “lively” great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions can be sent to Misericordia, 6300 N. Ridge, Chicago, IL 60660 or St. Patrick Fathers Missionary Society, 8422 W. Windsor Ave., Chicago,IL 60656 appreciated.
Future information available at Maloney Funeral Home