Chief Mike O'Connell's Wake and Funeral Plans, Plus Street Closures and Parking Maps

The village is expecting a mass outpouring to say good-bye to the police chief.

The wake and funeral for Tinley Park Police Chief Mike O'Connell, who , will be held Sunday and Monday, respectively.

, the village of Tinley Park has announced street closures and alternate parking routes during the visitation and funeral.

Maps of alternate parking locations are included in the photos with this story.


A visitation is scheduled from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at , 16600 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. A funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, May 16, at , 17500 84th Ave., Tinley Park.

The family has requested privacy during their time of grieving. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To donate by telephone, call 1-800-805-5856.


Between 1:30 and 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, one southbound lane of Oak Park Avenue will be closed between 167th Street and Brementowne Drive. Between 8 and 11 a.m. on Monday, May 16, both southbound lanes of Oak Park Avenue will be closed between 167th and Brementowne Drive.

Also, from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 16, 84th Avenue will be closed to traffic from 175th Street to 179th Street.

Traffic may also be disrupted on Monday morning by a lengthy procession of vehicles from the funeral home to St. Stephen Church, 17500 84th Avenue. The procession will go south on Oak Park Avenue, west on 183rd Street past the Tinley Park Police Department, north on 80th Avenue, west on 179th Street, and north on 84th Avenue to the church.

The procession will pass a special tribute to Chief O’Connell at the Police Department and Fire Training Tower.

Eileen O'Connell-Briones May 14, 2011 at 11:52 PM
He was my big brother and I will miss him every minute of every day...He was a special son, brother, friend and police officer...and lived every day to the fullest. A finer example of how to live will never be seen in my lifetime. I love him in dearly and he has left us all with a wonderful wife and family...who are examples of him...they have provided my brother with a lifetime of wonderful memories and the best that life had to offer. I just want people to know he treated everyone the same, whether you were homeless or a congressman; he gave everyone a chance and helped many to achieve their goals without any recognition. Please pray for all of us and his wife, children and grandchildren who he loves so much...thank you everyone for your messages of support and prayers...they are sincerely appreciated. Eileen O'Connell-Briones
Deb Melchert May 15, 2011 at 04:47 AM
Eileen, we'll be at the services tomorrow and Monday. We were blessed to have known Mike since he came to Tinley. As a DARE committee member, I saw him quite often at the station and at various village functions. We can't begin to express our sorrow at his passing. He was indeed a great man and will be missed immensely. Our deepest condolences to the entire O'Connell family. Deb & Bob Melchert
Jeannie May 15, 2011 at 11:08 AM
Great guy! I had the pleasure and opportunity to work with him at Riverdale and at Tinley. He was an all around wonderful man. Great sense of humor, funny stories. Great sense of humanity. He took the time to work with you and make you feel like a true friend and colleague. I called him up one day to ask his opinion on something regarding a family member. He related a similar situation in his family. Above and beyond, comforting and reassuring. He offered help well beyond his realm of duty. Never the Chief, just Mike. I meet with a lot of Chiefs and this man stood high above many. I'll sincerely miss him. I felt honored to know him. To his family, try to take comfort in he was very well thought of and loved as great men are. God bless you.
Maqbool Rashid May 15, 2011 at 10:42 PM
He was indeed great man
Deb Melchert May 15, 2011 at 11:20 PM
I would say the line of mourners about 1/2 mile long down Oak Park Avenue speaks volumes about what his friends and the community think of Mike. RIP Chief. You will be dearly missed.
Sam and Laurie Trinca May 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Sam and I are honored to have known Mike. He was a gentle soul and will be missed. Fly free Mike! Sam and Laurie Trinca
ANN FERRY May 16, 2011 at 11:11 PM
To the O'Connell Family, Sorry to hear about Mike's passing. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. You have our sympathies, Lee and Ann Ferry


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