Yesterday at St. Andrew's Church in Romeoville, Illinois a memorial Mass celebrating the life of Mary Lou Heidkamp McCall was a beautiful tribute to a very special woman. Family members by the dozens turned out as well as a bevy of BVM's and old friends of Mary Lou and friends of Frank and Rosemary from the Carillion community, Well over a hundred were present!
The liturgy was highlighted by the usually strong Heidkamp hymn singing. a fine homily by Father ?, and a wonderful eulogy by Frank.
Most everyone then proceded to the Carillion community clubhouse for drinks, lunch, and much more meeting, greeting, sorting out who-belonged-to-whom, and sharing stories of Mary Lou.
The highlight of the early afternoon was a concert by the Carillion Chorus(?), forty plus men and women under the direction of Rosemary. They serenaded us with an Oklahoma medley and oldies but goodies like "Accentuate the Positive." They closed wiith a family traditional favorite, "Bless This House" with a final chorus led by a tape recording of Mary Lou singing it.
It was a typical Heidkamp celebration and that kind of says it all. Mary Lou would hae loved it!
Many picture were taken and hopefully we'll get them up in the photo gallery soon.