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“Mary Ellen, I searched for you on the internet today. I wanted to tell you there is a reunion planned for all St. Barbara's alumni on October,...Read More »
1 of 40 | Posted by: Pat Tyree - Downers Grove, IL

“Dear Fred and Family, We have been thinking of you often in these past weeks. We hope that each day is bringing some healing to you and your loved...Read More »
2 of 40 | Posted by: Marie and Johnny Gillespie - IL

“I am so sorry for your loss. I work for BNSF and had many business dealings with Mary Ellen. She was always the consummate professional and a...Read More »
3 of 40 | Posted by: Steve Spragg - Keller, TX

“Fred and Family We shared some tough times, and lots of good times, since those early days at First Union Rail. It's hard to imagine Mary has left...Read More »
4 of 40 | Posted by: Sharon Lloyd/Sharon Tinsley - CO

“I worked with Mary many years ago and everytime I've seen her since she always had the big smile and infectious laugh. She will be sincerely missed....Read More »
5 of 40 | Posted by: Tracy DeLeon - Rogers, AR

“Dear Fred and family...The Celebration of Life in remembrance of Mary today was really lovely. The photos and video showed how much Mary enjoyed...Read More »
6 of 40 | Posted by: Pat Diehn

“We were so very sorry to hear of Mary's passing. We send our deepest sympathy. Although I did not see Mary often, she always wore a big smile when...Read More »
7 of 40 | Posted by: Ginni Palansky - Downers Grove, IL

“Sorry for your loss may the many memories and joy of her life be with you always. ”
8 of 40 | Posted by: Debbie Hale - Fort Worth, TX

“Fred and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. We pray for God to watch over Mary and all of you. -John and Marie ”
9 of 40 | Posted by: John Hoo & Marie Roche - IL

“Fred, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I did not know Mary well, but she was very sweet and welcoming whenever I met her. And if you picked...Read More »
10 of 40 | Posted by: Jean Ann McCarthy - La Grange, IL

“I'm very sorry for your loss and will remember Mary in my prayers. ”
11 of 40 | Posted by: Bill Sheehan (SR) - Palos Hills, IL

“Fred and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. We enjoyed you both so much when Diane was working with you at the LaGrange church. We...Read More »
12 of 40 | Posted by: Diane and Steve Berley - Sterling, IL

“I wouldn't even know where to start with wonderful memories of Mary. Anytime I would see her she would come out to the porch and give me a big hug...Read More »
13 of 40 | Posted by: Cristi Rock - Rolling Meadows, IL

“Roger and I send our love and condolences to the Gonzalez and Provost families. Mary Ellen was 18 when we moved next door on Southview. What...Read More »
14 of 40 | Posted by: Carole Barrett - Brookfield, IL

“Fred,i am so sorry to hear about the passing of your wife how shocking and sad i hope you are doing well in this difficult time.You and your family...Read More »
15 of 40 | Posted by: Victor Bross - Wheaton, IL

“Dear Fred, We are so very sorry to hear about Mary's passing. Tom and I are praying for you and your famly at this difficult time. Miss you so Fred....Read More »
16 of 40 | Posted by: Joan & Tom O'Donnell - La Grange, IL

“You are in our thoughts and prayers. May your loving memories of Mary and God's love and care bring you comfort and peace. ”
17 of 40 | Posted by: Susan and Chuck Blazek La Grange

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Fred. Mary was a special person and will be greatly missed by all. Jan Potts ”
18 of 40 | Posted by: Janet Potts

“My heart is heavy. She was beyond words... a wonderful loving person. She brightened all lives around her. My thoughts and prayers are with her...Read More »
19 of 40 | Posted by: Peg Peterson - Countryside, IL

“Mary was a wonderful person who was ready to help in any way she could. Mary was always willing to go the extra mile to get a job done. She was so...Read More »
20 of 40 | Posted by: Susan Barrie - Montreal

“Dear Fred, We are so very sorry to hear this sad, sad news about Mary. Please accept our deepest condolences. We know this has been the most...Read More »
21 of 40 | Posted by: Betsy Colombe - Westchester, IL

“Dear Fred and Family, We are so sorry to hear about Mary. Please accept our deepest sympathies and know that we are keeping you in our thoughts...Read More »
22 of 40 | Posted by: Sue McCarthy - Woodridge, IL

“My deepest sympathy for Fred and your family. My thoughts and love are with you. LIsa ”
23 of 40 | Posted by: Lisa Fogarty - La Grange, IL

“I worked with Mary at First Union Rail. If you met her once you felt like you had known her for many years. Her dedication, enthusiasm and love of...Read More »
24 of 40 | Posted by: Rich Seymour - Schaumburg, IL

“Mary was such a great peron! So sorry for your loss! With deepest sympathies! Louise ”
25 of 40 | Posted by: Louise Ellis - Lone Oak, TX

“Out thoughts and prayers go out to Mary's family. She was a spirited, happy and loving person. She will be missed. ”
26 of 40 | Posted by: Kirk Todd - Chicago, IL

“Mary was an awesome person. I am not sure if I can put into words how wonderful she was. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. I got to...Read More »
27 of 40 | Posted by: Yvonne Harmond - Lewisburg, TN

“My deepest condolences to Mary's family. I had the honor of working with Mary through the Umler project and our friendship endured. Mary shared so...Read More »
28 of 40 | Posted by: Alan McDonald - Raleigh, NC

“My condolences to the family and friends. Mary was a great person with a kind heart. Every memory and every tear is a celebration of a life well...Read More »
29 of 40 | Posted by: Nancy Kirstein - Rosemont, IL

“I worked with Mary back in the early 1990's. Her smile and laughter was contagious and she will be missed by everyone she touched. ”
30 of 40 | Posted by: Larry Mertes - Chicago, IL

“My thoughts and prayers to the family of this wonderful, always smiling co-worker. ”
31 of 40 | Posted by: Chuck Chilcote - FL - Co-worker

“Although I did not have the pleasure to meet with Mary in person, I did speak with her numerous times on the phone. She was a pleasure to talk to...Read More »
32 of 40 | Posted by: Steve Canellos - Edmonton,Alberta

“My condolences to the Gonzalez family, Mary was an awesome lady who I had the pleasure of working with in 1994/1995 with CNW. She will be missed. ”
33 of 40 | Posted by: Laurie Cosentino - Chicago, IL

“Mary will be remembered for many things by many people but above all her ready wit and quick laugh. Her premature departure has left a huge void in...Read More »
34 of 40 | Posted by: Michael Collins - Rosemont, IL

“I am so sorry to hear of you loss. Mary was a wonderful person and I always enjoyed working with her. I know Mary from her Chicago NorthWestern...Read More »
35 of 40 | Posted by: Sue Huizenga - Omaha, NE

“I've known Mary for 12 years and it's hard to imagine the world without her. She was always great to work with and we became good friends. She was...Read More »
36 of 40 | Posted by: Heather Little Vancouver, Canada

“I hope the family finds some consolation in knowing that Mary's friends share your sorrow at Mary's passing. Mary is in our prayers. ”
37 of 40 | Posted by: Jim Zapinski - Friend, co-worker

“Fred, My heart goes out to you and your family. I am praying for all of you. God bless. Audrey BorelliWPZYZ ”
38 of 40 | Posted by: Audrey Borelli

“Mary will be sadly missed. Was always extremely helpful to me and could always make me laugh. Enjoyed many good times in Chicago and in Canada. My...Read More »
39 of 40 | Posted by: Gordon Hopkins - Montreal

“Mary was an awesome lady - she was always kind and patient with me while she was training me to learn my new position. I will miss her greatly. ”
40 of 40 | Posted by: Janette Glenn - Rosemont, IL


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MARY ELLEN GONZALEZ (NEE PROVOST) AGE 58; BELOVED WIFE OF FRED GONZALEZ SR.; LOVING MOTHER OF YESSNIA BLEDSOE, KINA, PALMIRA, WILFREDO PAUL GONZALEZ JR., AND MELISSA (RODNEY) HARMOND; CHERISHED GRANDMOTHER OF D.J., VICTORIA, CECE AND MARLEY; KIND DAUGHTER OF PHYLLIS AND THE LATE JAMES PROVOST; DEAR SISTER OF DICK, PAUL,BILL AND TIM PROVOST; ADORED SISTER-IN-LAW OF RITA (JOHN) GALVIN; FOND AUNT OF MANY NIECES AND NEPHEWS AND FRIEND TO MANY. CELEBRATION OF LIFE SATURDAY 9:00 A.M. AT THE ZIMMERMAN & SANDEMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE, 5200 W. 95TH ST., UNTIL TIME OF SERVICE 12:00 P.M., FOR INFO 708-424-0340 AND SIGN GUEST BOOK AT zimmermansandeman.com.