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Viola B. Lennon, nee Brennan, age 86, loving mother of Elizabeth (David) Lennon Dorn, Mark Lennon, Melissa (Michael) Acciari, Rebecca (Robert) Weisheit, Matthew (Kathleen) Lennon, Cathy Lennon, Martin (Karin) Lennon, Maureen (Robert) Lennon Zeeb, Regina (Terry) Horn and the late Charlotte Lennon; devoted grandmother of Jenna and Tess Lennon Dorn, Alexander Lennon, Rachel Acciari, Andrew, Eric, PJ and Emily Weisheit, Riley, Colleen and Jamie Lennon, Ryan and Kelly Lennon, Brittany and Jacob Zeeb, and Abby, Jack and Jessica Horn. Funeral Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 9:15 a.m. from Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 8025 W. Golf Road, Niles to Mary Seat of Wisdom Church, Mass 10 a.m. Cremation Private. Visitation Monday, Jan. 25, 2 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to La Leche League Breastfeeding Helpline, 7295 Highland Estates Place, Falls Church, VA 22043 or La Leche League Alumnae Assoc., ATTN. Susan Geil, 4868 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. Info., 847-581-0536 or
Published by Chicago Tribune on Jan. 24, 2010.
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I just came across a Souvenier Album from the LLL 25th Anniversary Conferende in Chicago. I started looking up LLL founders, etc and saw that Vi had passed away in January. I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed meeting her when I was working as a fund raiser for LLL/Ga. She was a wonderful, bright, and dedicated woman and I am so fortunate to have met her. God Bless your family and the legacy left by your Mom/GrandMom! ~Kay Brown Ludwig, Buford, GA
October 6, 2010
Dear Lennon Family, My sister,Annie, told me about your Mom passing away. While reading your Mom's obit so many great memories came to me. Your Mom was such a big part of my life when I was younger, she was always so loving to me. There are so many special memories that I still think of today and share with friends. I loved being at your house with all the kids, I don't know how your Mom kept up with everything. Any time I eat a triscuit I think of your Mom ! I loved babysitting and since Beth and I were so much older, haha, (we were just young girls) we would be in charge. I learned alot at your house, and have always loved taking care of children. I was blessed with 3 of my own,one son and twin girls. Also the memories of ice skating in the backyard when your Dad made the ice rink,or when I slipped on your swingset while I was waiting outside for you to finish eating, and your Mom and Dad helped me,they put peroxide on the cut and made me feel better. I still have the scar along with another sweet memory. To all of you, your were blessed to have your Mom so long in your lives, I am sure she was a wonderful Grandmother too. Remember a part of her is in all of you, what a blessing to share. God bless all of you. Maxine Holda Riemschneider
Maxine (Holda)Riemschneider
February 23, 2010
On behalf of La Leche League GB we send our sincere condolances to all of Vi's family. It is thanks to our beloved Founding Mothers that women the world over have been empowered to breastfeed and nurture our babies in the way we felt was right for us. The legacy lives on. Thank you. Anna Burbidge, on behalf of LLL GB
February 15, 2010
I am sorry to hear about your mom and wishing you comfort at this difficult time.
Lynn Groya Zimmerman
February 3, 2010
Elizabeth and David: Bruce saw the obituary first and showed it to me. We felt her loss even tho we didn't know Vi. But it was thru you, Elizabeth, that La Leche League came into our lives and made us better parents than we would have been without it. For that we thank you and Vi. We hope this finds you well and we wish you strength and comfort during this difficult time.
Nancy & Bruce Frankel
January 30, 2010
Dear Lennon family:
I was sad to learn about Vi's death and I wish I could have been closer to her and to all of you during her last months. I have wonderful memories of all the times she received me so graciously in her home and of the times she came to visit me in Mexico.
I have a deep gratitude for her vision not only in being a cofounder of La Leche League but for her efforts in trying to make the League a sound and vital organization.
My main thankfulness however is for her loyal friendship to me in spite of time and distance.
You are all in my heart and prayers.
Mari Carmen Mariscal
Mari Carmen Mariscal
January 29, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Amy Kahhat
January 29, 2010
I just happened to open the paper today and immediately new this was your mother. So sorry to learn of her death. She was such an amazing woman. I know you were very close to her. I don't know how to contact you and it has been a few years since we have seen each other. My thoughts are with you.
Mimi Paull-Binette ( from Michael Reese days!)
January 29, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
John Koulouras
January 28, 2010
Dearest Lennon Family,
I have only just learned of your Mother's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences at this very sad time. Although I had never met your Mom, she sounds like a wonderful person with a great legacy (and what a family!); I do regret not meeting her. I'm sure all of you will find solace in the happy memories you will always carry with you. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Jamie (Noto) Benvenuti
January 28, 2010
Dear Beth and Lennon Family,

I was deeply saddened to read of your mother's passing. The beautiful article about her in the Tribune today made me smile just thinking about her. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. I'll always remember her kindness and guidance when I needed it most after our first son was born. I hope the memory of happy times together will bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Noreen & Danny Boyle
January 28, 2010
Dear family, I am so sorry about your mother, she was wonderful part of my childhood. I have so many fond memories. I thought of her often. Patty(Callahan)Kennedy
January 28, 2010
Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. Viola was an invaluable blessing for La Leche League. Throughout her work, she contributed to make La Leche League the wonderful organization that we are so proud of today. Her understanding of babies' nature and mothers' instincts has helped shed some light on the essence of breastfeeding. She is irreplaceable and will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.

Kathleen Couillard, secretary of the Board of directors of Ligue La Leche (French Canada)
On behalf of Ligue La Leche Leaders
January 27, 2010
Elizabeth - What fond memories I have of your mother. Viola was a wonderful * sweet * endearing person. I will remember her for her wit and kind words. Have tried to reach you for sometime. Write when you have a moment. Love to the family...Debra [email protected]
debra feldman
January 27, 2010
Mimi & Family,

Our deepest condolences to you and your family during this very difficult time. May the memories of her life give you strength and comfort.

-Joyce,James,and Dylan Magahis
January 26, 2010
Mike, Melissa & Rachel
Sorry to hear about your loss.
We will keep you in our prayers and thoughts.
God Bless.
Hank, Alice, Henry & Michael
January 26, 2010
Lennon Family. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. May you find peace in the joyful memories of her.
Mia (McCormick) Campagna
January 26, 2010
Dear Gina & Family.
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear mom.
Sorry that we cannot be with you for her wake and funeral.
The mass will be a beautiful celebration of her long and
faith-filled life. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and
Much love, Bill & Mary Pat
January 25, 2010
Matt, Kathy, Riley, Colleen and Jamie
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this sad time.
The Woelfles
January 25, 2010
Dear Lennon's. I was sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Although I hadn't seen her in quite some time, I have fond memories of her from my Res days with Gina. I'm sure your memories will provide you comfort in this time of sorrow. Love, Chrissie (Hack) Peck
Chrissie Peck
January 25, 2010
In Dec. 1968, a Champaign, IL. S. Baptist lady brought "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" and a meal to me and my nipple shield dependent firstborn. What a wonderful life changing event for us as a couple and our 3 extended nursing babes. I became an LLL leader under Jackie Sydnor in Minden, LA. where I had a wonderful natural childbirth and lead natural childbirth classes, LLL meetings-- Clark AFB Philippines 1971-1973, meeting with Dr. Robert Bradley and cooking with "Whole Foods for Whole Families". Now a daughter is in ER med. NP program, UIUC and nursing her firstborn! Your family has changed our family's lives in so many wonderful ways. Irreplaceable memories of LLL Int. in Chicago in @1975! Thank you.
Janie Childress
January 25, 2010
May you RIP knowing your legacy have helped and will continue to help mothers and babies.
January 25, 2010

I am so sorry for you and your family on the loss of your sweet mother. I hope you are all doing well. I have very fond and entertaining memories of her, she always made me listen and laugh. You are all in my prayers. Love always Kathi Noto Mykytiuk
January 25, 2010
Marty, Karin and Family,
We are very sorry for your loss. Kelly asked each week in religion class that we inlcude her dear grandmother in our prayers. The whole class knew how special of a grandmother she was to Kelly.
Our prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
The Johnson Family
January 25, 2010
Mimi, Mike and Rachel,
We are so sorry for your loss but are thankful your Mother passed so peacefully. You have our deepest sympathies.
Peggy and Greg
Peggy Brockhaus Shearer
January 25, 2010
Gina and family,

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We did not have the pleasure of knowing your mother very well, but we are very aware of the lasting legacy she will leave behind. We pray God will comfort you at this time.
Rob & Robin Fogel
January 25, 2010
Lennon Family,

I was so sorry to hear of the death of your mother. I understand she was one special lady.

Gail Jones, Chicago
January 25, 2010
Lennon Family,
Vi was an inspiration to all of us. You will be in my thoughts in prayers. She will be greatly missed.
Tracy Torgerson
January 25, 2010
Thank you, Lennon family, for all your mother did to pioneer the breastfeeding movement in the 1950's, encouraging my mother to breastfeed me, and then I became a LLL Leader and breastfed my four children, and now they are passing that on to THEIR children. God's blessings on your family during this time of loss. From: a 15 year Leader in California.
D'Lorah Hurton
January 24, 2010
A wonderful grandma with a big heart. we will miss you Grandma Vi. "toodly-doo!"
Rachel Acciari
Rachel Acciari
January 24, 2010
Vi's death leaves a big hole in the world. Her impact on the lives of families worldwide will be felt for many years. Her impact on her own family will carry on for generations. I am grateful for having worked with her, known her, and learned from her. Thank you for sharing your mother with so many of us. You are all in my prayers.
Joan Crothers
January 24, 2010
Vi was a courageous woman whose vision and hard work enhanced the lives of generations of breastfeeding families, including our own. May your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.
With sincere condolences,
Dale & Joseph Blumen
January 24, 2010
Lennon Family,
My deepest condolences to you all during this difficult time.
Barb Rozanski
January 24, 2010
How honored and priviledged I am to have had Vi as part of my life. There will always be a place in my heart for her and her amazing family.

Helene Scheff and family
January 24, 2010
Dear Gina and family,
Our prayers are with you in the loss of your dear mother. We also give thanks for the work she did to provide knowledge and acceptance of breastfeeding. How many children (ours included) were benefitted by your pioneering mom!
Terri and Ron and kids
January 24, 2010
Mimi and family, so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you at this time of transition. Gary and Dina
January 24, 2010
Marty and family,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Roxanne Derting
January 24, 2010
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Colonial Wojciechowski Funeral Home
January 24, 2010
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