Thomas Arthur O’Dowd, 73, of Brookfield, died on July 14, 2018. 

Born on June 10, 1945, he received his B.A. from Loyola University Chicago and his M.A. from National Louis University. 

He taught for 16 years and retired from Our Lady of the Snows in Chicago. He was a lover of books, traveled the world and was a jovial grandpa. 

Mr. O’Dowd was the husband of Marilyn E. O’Dowd (nee Kohout); the father of Jennifer (Tom) Kowaczek and Kathleen O’Dowd; the grandfather of Dilana Kowaczek; the brother of Annette (Patrick “Steve”) Bailey and Dr. James O’Dowd; and the uncle of Patrick Bailey, Suzanne Gonzalez, Daniel Bailey and the late John Bailey. 

Visitation was held on July 17 from 3 to 8 p.m. and July 18 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield. A funeral Mass will be celebrated July 18 at 10 a.m. at St. Barbara Church, 4008 Prairie Ave., Brookfield, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. 

The family appreciates memorials to Misericordia Heart of Mercy, Attn. Sister Rosemary Connelly, 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, 60660 or to Ronald McDonald House Charities, Springfield House, 610 N. 7th St., Springfield, lllinois, 62702.