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Patricia O. Kokum

Published October 24,2016

Obituary's Biography:

Patricia O. Kokum, 86 passed away Friday, October 21st at her home in Libertyville, IL.

Patricia was born April 4, 1930 to John and Katherine O’Leary. She loved singing in the choir, gardening, and spending time with her large family. She was a long standing volunteer at Advocate Condell Hospital and an active member of St. Joseph’s Church in Libertyville.  When her body was strong, she also selflessly gave her time to the local shelters and soup kitchens. Her devotion and passion was family and making wonderful memories.  She enjoyed countless family vacations (Kokumfest) from all over the country including Florida, Michigan, Lake of the Ozarks, Disney, Lake Geneva, and Myrtle Beach. You could hardly ever find her without licorice, caramels, gummies, or a bear claw near by.  Pat was the true definition of a fighter as she bravely and courageously fought cancer for over 27 years.  She was a wonderful and beautiful person who will be missed by many.

She is survived by her loving husband John of whom she was married and devoted to for 64 years. A loving mother to her sons Robert Kokum (Nancy Jones), Bill (Debbie) Kokum, John Kokum Jr. (Jongo Yuk) and Daughters Jeanne Mulcahy, Julie (Gerry) Weidner, and Christine (David) Shamrock. She was the best grandma in the world to her 15 grandchildren Sara (Cara) Wilk, Erin Mulcahy, Kristin Mulcahy, Amanda (Angel) Arzet, Will Kokum, Grace (A.J.) Kegg, Tom Kokum, Trevor Weidner (Fiancé Elizabeth Russeau), Emily Kokum, Lauren Kokum, D.J. Shamrock, Madison Beebe, Zane Val, Mackenzie Beebe, and Liam Shamrock. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Barbara (Edward) Linski, brother-in-law Leonard Graf, many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Peggy (Hiram) Hanson, sister Jaqueline Graf,  brother Jack (Kathleen) O’Leary, and daughter-in-law Janet Kokum.  A memorial visitation and mass is scheduled for Friday, October 28, 2016 from 9:30am until 11:00am with a mass commencing at 11:00am at St. Joseph Catholic Church 121 E. Maple Ave. Libertyville, IL 60048.  Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mundelein Seminary 1000 E. Maple Ave. Mundelein, IL 60060.  For  more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

8 replies on “Patricia O. Kokum”

  1. May you rest in peace Patricia after your long battle.

    God is waiting for us when our mortal life is over.

    God bless your soul for eternity.

  2. To John and all the Kokum children. Your mom was a lovely, special lady. I have many fond memories of times spent at your home when we were kids. All who knew her were blessed by her warmth and caring.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Thoughts and prayers to all of the Kokum family. So glad to have seen Pat at Morgan’s in September and had a chance to catch up. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend.

    Mark and Nancy Olson

  4. Thank you, Patricia. I never met you, but you gave me a sweet friend, John Jr., whom I love dearly.
    May you rest in peace.
    John Jr., love ya and thinking of you xoxo

  5. Our condolences and blessings to the Kokum Family. Pat was a wonderful lady…such a caring lovely person. What a beautiful legacy she has left behind with such a great family. She will be missed by many for her generosity and kindness to others.

  6. I will miss Pat. I sang next to her in the choir for many years. What a kind and generous lady. I will be out of town taking care of my grandson on Friday but my prayers will be with you.

  7. Jeff and I are so saddened to learn of Patricia’s passing. We did not find out in time to attend the services, and we are so sorry about that. Pat was an amazing Mom and I have such fond memories of sitting around the Kokum kitchen table talking when Jeanne and I came home from school. We will be praying for your entire family. Our hearts go out to all of you. God Bless.

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