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Elizabeth Ann "Beth Ann" O'Reilly-Amandes

October 3, 1955 January 17, 2020
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Elizabeth "Beth Ann" O'Reilly-Amandes (64) died at home in Oak Park surrounded by her children, her husband, and several of her siblings. She was the beloved wife of Paul Amandes for almost 40 years, mother of Michael (39) and Sarah Amandes (37), mother-in-law of Charlie Hanover, and loving grandma of David (4) and Kate Hanover (1). She is also survived by her siblings: Willem, Cecilie (Leonard Brooks), Chris (Katrina), Gloria, Beau, Dorothy (Billy Imm), Kate, Jamie, Ned (Kathleen), Henri (Don Peters), Eugene (Tammy), Bridget (John Wagner), and Bernadette (Don Haderlein) - along with many beloved extended family members.

Born October 3, 1955 in Chicago, Beth Ann was the seventh of Winifred (Giebel) and James O'Reilly's fourteen children. Later, the O'Reilly clan moved to Crystal Lake, IL, where Beth Ann attended St Thomas Catholic School and Crystal Lake Community High School. There, she sang in choirs and acted in plays, and befriended the Amandeses, another large family of performers. Beth Ann and Paul started dating in 1974 and continued doing theatre and leading music for St. Thomas Church, the Happening in Christianity, and later at the Newman Center of Northern Illinois University where they were both students. While in married student housing, the couple forged lifelong friendships with several other young families.

Paul and Beth Ann were married at the Resurrection Center in Woodstock in 1980 but continued living and studying in DeKalb. Michael was born in December of 1980, and Sarah in November of 1982. In 1983, the young family moved to Chicago where Beth Ann served on the board of Call To Action and was the tour manager for their theatre company. She also toured the country as an actor/singer in Call To Action Theatre's productions: "Between The Times" and "PeaceWorks", often with Paul, his brother Tom, Beth Ann's brother Eugene, her sister Jamie, and/or her sister-in-law Tammy. Beth Ann was the only actor-singer to perform all of the female roles in both shows. She continued to perform with her family and friends in various Chicago companies throughout her life, including the Curious Theatre Branch, Bottom of Your Shoe Theatre Collective, and Open Door Repertory. She also worked at Bacino's Pizza, then at Tulip Management Co. and LaSalle National Bank, where she was considered indispensable.

In 1989, the family moved to Oak Park, where they had already become very involved in the St Giles Family Mass Community. For the next 30 years at St Giles, Beth Ann served on the Council of Pastors, was an active liturgy director, and mentored children of the Community. She is remembered as a featured liturgical singer and soloist.

In 2000, she became the manager of Logos Bookstore in Oak Park. When that closed in 2006, she worked at Community Bank and then trained in early childhood education. During the 2010s, Beth Ann was the beloved nanny for the Rosado and Holzer-Lopez families. She was also a devoted and favorite client at the Buzz Cafe and Oak Park Chiropractic. She enjoyed traveling frequently to visit family on the West Coast, in New York, and in London where daughter Sarah lives with her family. Beth Ann's battle with breast cancer begin in 2010. She was considered cancer-free in 2012, but her cancer returned in 2017. In December 2019, her final trip was a magical Christmas spent in York, England, surrounded by her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Memorial visitation 3 to 9 p.m. Monday January 20 (remembrances by family at 7 p.m.) at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. On Saturday January 25, family and friends will meet at St. Giles Church, 1045 Columbian Ave., Oak Park for Mass at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Housing Forward ( where Beth Ann volunteered for years are appreciated.

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Memorial Visitation




3:00 PM 1/20/2020 3:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 1/20/2020 9:00:00 PM
Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home

203 South Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home
203 South Marion Street Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

Funeral Mass




1:00 PM 1/25/2020 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 1/25/2020 2:00:00 PM
St. Giles Church

1045 Columbian Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302

St. Giles Church
1045 Columbian Ave. Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Housing Forward

1851 S. 9th Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153

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