Sueann Tierney Bates
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Sueann Tierney Bates

Sue Tierney, age 66, of Joliet, passed away at Joliet Area Community Hospice on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, after all final goodbyes with her family. She was the firstborn child of Bob and Nora Tierney and a joy to them each day of her life.

From a very early age, Sue had a plan to become a teacher and fulfilled and exceeded that goal by receiving both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Illinois State University. She began her career as a special education teacher in Joliet District 86 schools where she was the recipient of awards and evaluations noting her excellence. Sue later assumed an administrative role in District 86 and finally at Lockport Area Special Education Co-Op as Special Education Coordinator. Sue was involved with Special Olympics and even once received a call of thanks from Eunice Shriver for her dedication to children with special needs. Sue concluded her educational career in District 92 as a Director of Special Education.

Sue married Craig Bates and they celebrated 25 years of marriage before her passing. Sue loved Craig and they traveled north, south, east, and west on planes and cruise ships. Their home was the place for Christmas Eve and it is hard for us all to imagine we won't taste her lasagna again.

After retirement, Sue volunteered for Joliet Area Community Hospice and was also active in her Neighborhood Homeowners Association. Her great love for dogs and the loss of her own, Franz, led to plenty of dog sitting and frequent furry visitors.

Fiercely independent and capable, Sue had the rare gift to know that there were two sides to every story and reserved judgment on people and their lives. She was kind, respectful, generous, and each in her family was blessed to be the recipient of those qualities. Sue never missed a family birthday and there was either a card or text letting you know she loved you. She was tender-hearted and sentimental and we may miss that most of all.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Craig; her proud Dad, Bob Tierney, and three siblings and their spouses who saw her as the best big sister and sister-in-law, Patti (Mike) Haggerty, Karen (Joe) Bannon, and Mike (Joan) Tierney. She is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary (Stacy) Bates and Ken (Ivy) Bates. Survived by many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly and treated royally.

Preceded in death by her Mom, Nora (nee Maloney) Tierney and in-laws, Ken and Bernice Bates.

Susie, you will forever be in the hearts of those who loved you.

Visitation for Sueann Tierney Bates will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2020, from 12:00 - 2:30 p.m. with Funeral Services at 2:30 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.), Joliet. In accordance with the Illinois guidelines, a 50 person capacity at one time will be followed. Face masks are required and social distancing will be observed. As it was Sue's request, cremation rites will be accorded following services. Inurnment at Woodlawn Memorial Park will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to the Joliet Area Community Hospice.

For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com where you may leave an online condolence or share a favorite memory.



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Published in The Herald-News from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, 2020.
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October 12, 2020
She was my cousin and also a Big Sister when I started high school. Sue always had a smile and helpful word whenever I needed it. I didn’t know she was ill, and wish I had been able to see her, but perhaps we can find some teachers meeting somewhere in heaven to catch up. My prayers go to her husband, my cousins and their families and of course, Uncle Bob. God bless you all.
Kimberly Schlegel
Family
October 11, 2020
I extend my deepest sympathy to the family of SueTierney Bates. I worked with Sue in Dist #86 and enjoyed our working together. We had many pleasant conversations after our work was done.
I pray for God’s strength and courage to be with you during this most difficult time.
Jennifer Johnson
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October 11, 2020
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Barbara Wrobel
October 10, 2020
Can't thank Sue enough for taking care of our dog Hunter when we had to go out of town. She was a wonderful person kind hearted and a great neighbor. We send our deepest sympathy to Craig and her family. Jim and Cheri Confer
October 10, 2020
Sue hired me as a special education teacher 25 years ago. She was an amazing mentor and person. I am so sorry for your loss.
Carrie Tellor
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October 10, 2020
Sue hired me as a special education teacher 25 years ago. She was an amazing mentor and person. I am so sorry for your loss.
Carrie Tellor
Coworker
October 9, 2020
Sorry to hear about SueAnn Tierney Bates. Was surprised to see the name of Tierney. Used to be lots of Tierneys, but rare to hear that name now. I was told that I am related to Tierneys & Alexanders of Lockport. My great great grandfather was Patrick Tierney who married Anna McPhillips. He helped build the I&M Canal back in 1845. He was a prosperous farmer in Troy Shorewood area and also a Justice of the Peace. On Ancestry -- Tierney-O'Brien-Herbert.
Diane Tierney Kelly
October 9, 2020
Thank you Sue, for the many blessings you gave to all those who knew you. Dad was always so proud of you. I am sure Dad and your Momma were at Heaven's gate to greet you. Forever loved and Cherished. Love you Always.
Karen Maloney- Ward
Family
October 9, 2020
Pattie and family, please accept our deepest sympathy on the death of Sue. She was a wonderful person and was an amazing advocate for thousands of people. A life well lived but way too short. I know Nora was waiting at Heavens gate for her.
Pat & Frank Desiderio
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