Rev. Donald J. Headley, 89, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2021. Loving brother to Dennis (Maribeth). Cherished Uncle of Elizabeth (David) Koeller, Christopher (Traci) Headley, Richard (Tina) Headley and Theresa (David) Kunz. Fond Great-uncle and Great-great-uncle to many. Son of the late Virginia and Everett. Beloved friend to many. Fr. Don was ordained on April 12, 1958. Fr. Don's first assignment was at Old St. Patrick's Parish. Throughout his long tenure with the Chicago Archdiocese he then served at many parishes throughout the area including St. Joseph Carondelet Child Center, St. Theresa Parish in Palatine, Epiphany Parish, Mater Christi Parish, St. Paul Parish and Mission San Juan Diego in Arlington Heights. In addition, he also served as faculty member at Quigley Preparatory Seminary and as the Director of the Cardinal's Committee for the Spanish Speaking. He proudly served as Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish from 1982 until 1997. Some of the most rewarding time he spent providing pastoral care was at the San Miguelito Panama Mission from 1968-1980. Fr. Don also went on several missions with Doctors Without Borders. Since his retirement in 2002, he has been a resident at St. Mary of the Woods Parish. A visitation will be held on Friday, July 23 at St. Mary of the Woods Parish, 7033 N Moselle Ave, Chicago, IL 60646, from 3-7pm with a Memorial Mass beginning at 7pm. Interment private. Donations in Fr. Don's name can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or to your local food pantry. More info 773-736-3833 or www.smithcorcoran.com
Published by Chicago Tribune on Jul. 22, 2021.