Jean M. Cattell

June 17, 1952 - September 20, 2021
HABEN Funeral Home & Crematory
8057 Niles Center Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
847.673.6111 | Map
Thursday 9/23, 9:00 am - 10:15 am

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Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
1400 S. Wolf Rd.
Hillside, IL 60162
708.449.8300 | Map

Private Interment

Memorial Contributions

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142

Memphis, TN 38148

St. Peter Church of Ss. Peter & Lambert Catholic Parish
8100 Niles Center Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
847.673.1492 | Map
Thursday 9/23, 10:30 am

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Jean M. Cattell, age 69, of Skokie, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 20, 2021. She bravely fought an almost 3-year battle with cancer. Mostly with a smile on her face. Always in her mind to make it easy for those around her. Rarely complained. If she could drive her car and visit her friendsContinue Reading

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John Downey left a message on September 25, 2021:
So sorry to hear about Jean's passing. I met her once here in Ireland and she was a wonderful friend to my Brother Tom. I know she loved Ireland and would have loved another visit. As she is described in her obituary is exactly how I imagined her and how I heard her spoken of. Condolences to all her relatives, friends, and colleagues. May she Rest In Peace.
Robin C. Mucha left a message on September 25, 2021:
Crushed. Colossal loss to this world. 🌎 Jean, you were a "music maker and dreamer of dreams" and you could spin straw into gold. 🙏
andrea ginsburg left a message on September 25, 2021:
I feel so sad and my heart is heavy for the Cattell family. I had gone to H.S with Jean and we were in alot of art classes together at Niles East. She was always quiet and caring and I wish now that we would have stayed in touch since then
Thomas Brandenburg left a message on September 24, 2021:
I was very moved by the card Deb S. provided before the service, it had a short passage about their life long connection. And to also read David Q.’s Facebook post and Twisha Shah’s Medium article about her, how Jean has deeply touched and help shape their careers. Looking back on life I was so fortunate because of Jean. If it wasn’t for her I would not have met my wonderful wife. Jean also gave me pearls of advice and opportunities that informed my career and life…she will be missed, but as many have had said, Jean was a force—not to be forgotten.
Marilee Schneider Hibner left a message on September 23, 2021:
In loving memory of Jean Cattell
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Julie Nauman-Mikulski left a message on September 23, 2021:
When I think of Jean I see her big smile and hear her genuine laugh. She was tough, kind and wickedly funny, with loads of pluck and a cozy corner office full of curiosities. She loved it that she introduced me to Tim at Beer 30. My heart goes out to her family and friends. She will be very missed.
David Mendez left a message on September 23, 2021:
Jean always offered kindness, compassion; curiosity and passion towards the people she worked with, and to the work she did. She was a constant learner in a field that never stopped changing, and managed to stay grounded while the world around us changed even faster. Jean was one of the most personable people in our museum neighborhood who made friends as quick as saying 'hello', and she always made sure there was a focus on humanity in what she brought, and who she taught. Jean will be remembered.
Jessica Sandy left a message on September 23, 2021:
Jean was great designer, always willing to offer advice gained from her varied and successful career. Her wry smile and quick wit entertained those of us fortunate enough to work with her at the museum. May her memory be a blessing.
Nel Fetherling left a message on September 23, 2021:
I supervised the Graphic Production Shop at the Field Museum when Jean served as the Director of Graphic Design. Jean was my pal. When we were working together, she would come down to visit my shop every afternoon to check on projects, to discuss life in general or to see if I had chocolate. I had a cushy chair, just for her, in my office. We shared at least one important, common perspective: We were both 60ish women, working in a rapidly changing, creative field. Our decades of influences were layered and deep. They influenced our views and our work. We understood who we were and we were amazed at the work we were accomplishing! Jean was an avid observer of life and an extraordinary raconteur. That girl could tell a story. After her Queen Mary trip, Jean described a personal interaction she’d had with an English woman on the ship—in dialect! I was in awe; Meryl Streep couldn’t hold a candle. I told Jean she should have been in the Theater. She said she’d thought about it, once. She also had an incredible “eye”. She was a gifted visual artist, an accomplished graphic artist and an expert coach for others in those pursuits. This helped make Jean the consummate Art Director. As a director she was kind but firm. Jean played music—sometimes Etta James—in the Design Loft, late in the day, after everyone but the designers had left. It created a soothing, warm atmosphere. Recently, when she and I visited we both agreed it was a small but sweet memory of the times when we worked together. Jean was a Renaissance Woman. I loved her. I was proud to have her as a friend. I admired her. I will miss her.
Alvaro Amat left a message on September 22, 2021:
This is what we gathered and published from the design team at the Field Museum:Jean Cattell had a big impact on this department and helped transform the institution. But more importantly, she touched our lives deeply transforming us too. We wanted to share some thoughts with the rest of the department. For those who met her, hopefully this will help bring some warm and meaningful memories, and for those who didn't have that privilege, may this help you get an idea of why we celebrate Jean's life and personality, and to understand the big and deep void that her departure will leave in our hearts."...she was smart, honest, compassionate, and full of creativity and humor. For me, she has been a very cherished mentor and friend. An extraordinary human being that has definitely made the world a better place.""I'll be forever grateful to Jean for giving me the chance to work at the FM. She fought for graphic design, for her design team, and for the Field Museum to which she was so loyal. She was understanding, open, funny, and full of personality. There was nothing fake about Jean. And I learned so much from her over the years and I'm so happy to have known her. I will always miss her.""Firm, but fair. Knew what she wanted and knew how to get it. She supported those on her team and stuck with them through thick and thin. Part friend and confidant, part Mother Hen, always looking after her chicks. She was most impressive as she dealt with her fate. Brave until the end, and not worried about herself, but for those she was leaving behind. She moved up a few pegs on my list of heroes. I KNOW she will Rest In Peace.""She had such a powerful and jovial personality. Jean was direct, honest, and straightforward... trying to do the right thing, always. She had her huge heart in the right place. We had a rough beginning, but we quickly became very good friends, one of the best I'll ever have. I know she left in peace, and that helps with the grief, but I will certainly miss her greatly."
Michael Trombley left a message on September 22, 2021:
My deepest condolences for the immeasurable loss of dear Jean. She was fearless, and I owe my health to her decision to have gastric surgery when she did, and for her support when I opted for surgery as well. Her kindness and brilliance will be missed in the world.
Rose Schwartz left a message on September 22, 2021:
I know that Jean felt so much care and love from her family. The memories of laughter, love and good times, like your voyage on the Queen Mary will truly be a blessing.
Christine left a message on September 22, 2021:
In memory of Jean M. Cattell, Christine lit a candle
Steven Shaw left a message on September 22, 2021:
Mary, John and all of the Cattell family, it is with deep regard, that I mourn the passing of your sister and my childhood friend and classmate Jean! She was a strong, brave, artistic person and she was loved by many! Steve, class of '66
Mary Kay Mason left a message on September 22, 2021:
My deepest condolences to the Cattell family. As a childhood friend of Mary, I gained a love for art and classical music because of Jean. So many wonderful memories. She will be missed.
Edal Petroski Evans left a message on September 22, 2021:
Condolences to your family. I attended grade school at Saint Lambert’s with Jean. I enjoyed visiting and sharing memories with her at our reunion. She was a caring person.Thoughts & Prayers Edal Petroski Evans
Holly Lundberg left a message on September 22, 2021:
My condolences to Jean's family, friends and the rest of her loved ones.
Adrio M Baur left a message on September 21, 2021:
It is with fond memories I remember Jean. Jean had an interesting sense of humor. I enjoyed sharing memories with Jean about some of our St. Lambert classmates. She will be missed.
Nadine McRaven left a message on September 21, 2021:
God Bless you my dear friend Jean - you will be missed!
Nadine McRaven left a message on September 21, 2021:
Thank you for being my friend Jean! I enjoyed all of our many years of working together at The Field Museum! You always gave me the best advice, and you helped me so much after I lost my Dad suddenly! You and your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers always! And I hope you are with your Parents in Heaven - you told me how much you missed them! God Bless you my dear friend!
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Sharyn Ginsberg left a message on September 21, 2021:
Rest In Peace in Jean. I hope your family can take comfort knowing you are at peace. Your memory will be a blessing for them.
Michelle C Miller left a message on September 21, 2021:
Jean was one of the most amazing people i knew. We worked together at the University of Illinois Alumni Association and then at The Field Museum. Always positive, kind, funny and just someone that always made you feel special in her presence. My deepest condolences to her family.
Casey G. DeSalvo left a message on September 21, 2021:
So sorry for the Catell Family 🌹 Jean was one of my St. Lambert classmates she will be surely missed. Rest In Peace Jean 🙏
Cindy Winter Afana left a message on September 21, 2021:
My heart is broken to read of Jean’s passing. We were reunited at our St. Lamberts grammar school 50th reunion. It was great getting to know her all over again. We also ran into each other after that and had an opportunity to talk at length and then pray together. She was warm and welcoming. I loved her style. Sincerely, Cindy Winter Afana
Haben Funeral Home & Crematory left a message:
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