Mary Ponticelli

Mary Agnes Ponticelli (nee Schweppe), 87, of Brookfield, died on Dec. 15, 2022 after a battle with lung cancer. 

Ms. Ponticelli was born Nov. 19, 1935 to Daniel and Mary Schweppe in Chicago. She was a dedicated social worker in Chicago and later implemented the PTA at Brook Park Elementary School and served as its president. She also worked in the cafeteria at Riverside-Brookfield High School and was instrumental in forming a union.

Mary and Nick eloped 70 years ago and went on to have four children, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Family was the most important thing to her, and she enjoyed decorating for the holidays, including decorating her basement which was lovingly referred to as Mary’s Irish Times. It remained decorated all year. She enjoyed family vacations in Florida and cherished the time she took her daughters to Ireland.

Ms. Ponticelli was predeceased by her parents, her brother Daniel (Tiny) and her sister Catherine (Mickey). She is survived by her devoted husband Nick; her children, Clarice (Tony), Noreen (Cipriano), Michael, and Nickalette (Tom); her grandchildren, Veronica (Andy), Daniel (Julia), Natalie, Jackie (Tony), Cassandra (Johnny), Conner and Caleb; and her great grandchildren, Aubree, Kadence, Sophia, Noah, Jackson and Lucas.

Visitation is Wednesday, Dec. 21 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St., Brookfield, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Louise de Marillac Church, LaGrange Park. Interment is at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.

A celebration of life will immediately follow, with a special toast of Bailey’s. Location to be announced.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Michael Ponticelli’s home, Aspire Chicago at aspirechicago.com. Mary dedicated her life to ensure her son had the best resources available.

Express condolences online at HitzemanFuneral.com. Send sympathy cards to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St., Brookfield, 60513, c/o the Mary Ponticelli family.