Jill Garrett

Jill D. Garrett (Perna)

Wednesday, March 19th, 1952 - Wednesday, July 31st, 2019
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Jill D. Garrett, nee Perna, age 67, passed away at home following a courageous battle with a motor neuron disease. Beloved wife of John Garrett. Loving mother of Lynsey Romo, Bryan (Kristina) Kluever and dear step-mother of Matthew (Jennifer) Garrett and Michael (Sarah) Garrett. Cherished grandmother of Colin and Ella Kluever; Mia, Ava and Emma Garrett; and Carsen and Helen Garrett. Dearest sister of the late John Perna. Devoted daughter of the late Gus and Joan Perna.

Jill was an elementary school teacher for the Mokena School District and a substitute teacher in Orland Park. After taking some time off to raise her family, Jill became the Executive Director for the United Way and raised funds to help the community. She later became active in several local chambers of commerce and the Orland Park Kiwanis Club.

A private Celebration of Life Service will be held.

Memorials to Jill's two favorite charities:

Together We Cope
17010 Oak Park Ave.
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Link to donate online:

Together We Cope (In Memory of Jill)

and the

Les Turner ALS Foundation
5550 W. Tuohy Ave.
Suite 302, Skokie, IL 60077

Link to donate online:

Les Turner ALS Foundation

Express your thoughts and condolences at 708-532-5400
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Caryn Kelly

Posted at 04:30pm
Jill was a friend that anyone could only wish for. She was full of laughter and fun. She and I would have tennis matches, ride bikes , swim with our kids at the pool, and just hang out. Our husbands would join us to walk the beaches, take cruises, or sit down to a game of cards. Jill had a kind heart and was always there to lend an ear. I will truly miss her as so many others will. My condolences to her husband John and to her son and daughter and their families as well as John’s sons and families. Jill was a wonderful mother and grandmother and wife. She was all about family. I will always think about Jill while watching the Cubs games as she was a fan. I will love you forever Jill. You were a big part of my life and will always be thankful for a friend as wonderful as you. Always in my heart,
Caryn Kelly

Kathryn Straniero

Posted at 12:40pm
John and Family I am deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved Jill. She touched so many lives, mine among them, and changed us for the better. Jill was truly beautiful inside and out.

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