Carmen J. Perez

Born: Wed., Mar. 9, 1938
Died: Tue., May 18, 2021


3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., May 23, 2021
Location: Kosary Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

11:30 AM Mon., May 24, 2021
Location: St. Rita of Cascia Church

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Carmen J. Perez age 83; loving daughter of the late Carmen and the late Jesus Perez; beloved sister of Mamie Guerra, , the late Mario (Esther), Jesse (Lin), the late Ignacio “Nacho”, Russell Perez and John (Sandy) Williams; dearest Aunt of Francine, Dawn “Dawnie” (Chuck), Paul (Gacia), David, Christine, Mike (Janine), Daniel, Anthony (Trisha), Tracy, and Jennifer; great Aunt to many nieces and nephews; a true friend to so many fortunate to have known her; former employee of Siegel Trading, Su Casa and Chicago Symphony Orchestra (usher).  In lieu of flowers, we welcome donations that will benefit the Chicago Symphony and Northwestern University of Aphasia & Neurolinguistics https://gofundme/d1985028. Visitation Sunday May 23, 2021; 3 pm to 8 pm at Kosary Funeral Home 9837 S. Kedzie, Evergreen Park.  Funeral Monday May 24th; 10:30 am from chapel to St. Rita of Cascia Church for Mass 11:30 am; Interment St. Mary Cemetery (708) 499-3223 or

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Charline McGrath
   Posted Sun May 23, 2021
To her loyal family and all with whom she shared her many adventures and treasures my deepest sympathy for your loss (and mine). Lito was truly unique. She enjoyed everything and could go into the most minute details of each piece of delicious candy in a box of many, or each thread on a beautiful tapestry. Most of all she would never fail to let you know how much she enjoyed seeing you, or how she remembered each adventure shared even 50 plus years prior. She was generous to a fault and when she said "I love you", you knew for sure that she meant it. So many laughs over a lifetime as well as tears. For me her spirit lives in every memory of the young woman who lived next door who treated me like a sister (I was an only child and loved having an older sister), who brought me Margarita's from work on New Year’s Eve and explained in great detail why the ones from Su Casa were much, much, better than any others in the entire city; who enjoyed my children almost as much as I did; who LOVED her mother's cooking and always wanted to share it with the McGraths’; and who was joyful, opinionated, loving, genuine, and generous. She was a very dear and special friend. Lito, know you were loved, you made a difference, you were valued in this life; your struggles are over, be with the Lord who loved and guided you throughout your life; along with all your friends and family that have gone before you. Rest in peace sweet woman.

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