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Betty J. Howland-Gildea

Born: 1929     Died: 2016

Betty J. Howland-Gildea

Betty (Elizabeth) June Howland-Gildea born 6-13-29, beloved daughter of the late Luke and Mary Gerrard Prendergast, sister to the late Mary T. Stack, the late Sally Gildea and the late brother Hon. William Prendergast. Beloved wife of Frank P. Gildea, former wife of the late Edward P. Howland, beloved mother of Edward Howland, June Gradman (Ron), Marianne McGlennon (Tim), Eileen Hurley (late Jack), Michael Howland (Ann), the late John P. Howland and Thomas Howland (Lynn) and former mother in law of Paula Becker. Beloved step-mother to Frank Gildea (Kathy), Kathy Gascho (Kurt), Jenny Hinrichs (Gary), Joseph Gildea (Darlene), and Greg Gildea (Jill). Grandmother to 28 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Wednesday 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Brady Gill Funeral Home, 16600 S. Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park. Funeral Thursday 9:15 am from Brady Gill Funeral Home to St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 9300 167th St., Tinley Park, IL 60487. Mass 10:00 am. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to NPH International, 134 N. LaSalle St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60602 or Respond Now, 1439 Emerald Ave., Chicago Heights, IL 60412 appreciated. (708) 614-9900 or


May 25, 2016  2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brady-Gill, Tinley Park   -   Map
16600 S. Oak Park Ave.
Tinley Park


May 26, 2016
Mass 10:00 am
St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Orland Hills, IL

Final Disposition:

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Alsip, IL



Donna Davis 05-26-2016 15:46

I meet Betty a few times collecting toys and clothes for the Respond Now Christmas event. She was the sweetest and kindest lady I ever met. I wished she was my grandma growing up. The first time I met her she invited me in for coffee and She gave me a huge bundt cake for all my hard work. Omg that was the Best cake I ever had! I hated sharing it with my family! She was a fantastic women! She will be well missed. God bless you Frank and all your family during theses hard times.

Jay & Grace Merkle 05-25-2016 13:10

Dear Tom, Lynn & Family,
We are deeply saddened to here about your
Mom's passing. Our sincerest condolences go out to you and your entire family at this very difficult time.
Your Mom was a very caring and wonderful person throughout her entire life. God has a very special place for her up in heaven. She will be missed!

Jay & Grace Merkle

Eileen Mark 05-25-2016 11:13

I am so sorry for your loss! Betty June was such a sweet lady! She will be sorely missed at all the family gatherings, especially our family picnic this summer. I know she left a legacy of kindness and love, and lived such a happy life because of all of you, who she loved so very much!!

Chris Carney 05-24-2016 23:27

Tim an I were honored to know her. She was an angel from God to spread his word of kindness, humility an forgiveness, she did his work very well... that's what we learned from her. I enjoyed doing her hair an our talks of how she appreciated life. Being around her lifted my spirits. Thank you for that. We loved you an will miss you....Tim & Chrissy Carney

Tammy Matteson 05-24-2016 07:09

Dear Eileen and Family-

My prayers and sympathy at this time. Betty was an awesome lady, may she rest in peace.

Richard Gradman 05-24-2016 06:41

Betty, you touched so many people with your kindness, generosity and just being the sweet person you were. I will miss you and our little conversations we had. It was a profound honor to know you and be with you when it counted. You are the best and I will think of you always.
Love, Dick

Sue Gainer Scaller 05-24-2016 05:28

Keeping you in our prayers.

Jennifer B Bennett 05-23-2016 20:52

Dear Eileen, June, Maryann Jackie and Melissa and the rest of your amazing family,

We are all so lucky to have known such a warm, funny and lively woman. She had a smile that lit up a room! She loved you all so much! I admire her love of Frank and her spirit.

She will be missed by so many!
Love you all and thinking about you!
Jen Battistoni Bennett


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