Morrissy, Josephine Elizabeth

Morrissy, Josephine Elizabeth

Female 1918 - 1975  (57 years)

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  • Name Morrissy, Josephine Elizabeth  [1, 2
    Nickname Jo 
    Born 22 Jun 1918  Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Died 22 Aug 1975  Park Ridge, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I54189  Sackett
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2019 

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    +1. Morrissy, Josephine Elizabeth,   b. 22 Jun 1918, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1975, Park Ridge, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    Family ID F20684  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Bellairs, Malcolm Keith Jr.,   b. 9 Nov 1919, Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 2010, Woodstock, McHenry, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
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    Last Modified 2 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F20674  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Jun 1918 - Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Aug 1975 - Park Ridge, Cook, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
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    1. [S543] Find A Grave ( (Reliability: 2), 2 Jul 2019.
      Memorial ID 69878359

      Malcolm K Bellairs
      Birth 1919
      Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming, USA
      Death 12 Jul 2010 (aged 90?91)
      Oakland Cemetery
      Woodstock, McHenry County, Illinois, USA

      Mal Bellairs


      WOODSTOCK ? Mal Bellairs, 90, a well-known Chicagoland radio personality, died peacefully of natural causes at home Monday, July 12, 2010.
      He was born in 1919 in Cheyenne, Wyo., and spent his early years on a cattle ranch in Colorado. He later attended the Pasadena Playhouse in California to study acting. He moved to Chicago in the late 1930s. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he married Josephine Elizabeth Morrissy and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was commissioned as an officer and served in post war Japan.
      After the war, he and his wife returned to Chicago, where he began his 50-year legendary broadcasting career, and to raise their family. He worked at WBBM from 1955-69, hosting programs such as Lucky Ladies, Music Wagon and his annual holiday special featuring the music of Christmas from around the world.
      In 1969, he moved the family from Wilmette to Woodstock where they bought the AM radio station (WIVS) in Crystal Lake, and a few years later the FM station (WXRD) in Woodstock. It was a family-run business with many of the children working alongside their parents and learning the trade.
      After the death of his beloved first wife, he was fortunate enough to meet Maria Henslee, fall deeply in love for the second time, marry and bring their two families together. In 1982, after selling the two radio stations, he started to ease out of daily operations giving he and his wife more time to pursue the things they enjoyed, including family, friends, cooking, bridge and travel, especially to Liscrona, their gray stone manor house in Ireland.
      He still is remembered for his recognizable voice and masterful way with words. In 2009, he received the Broadcast Pioneer award from the Illinois Broadcasters' Association. He was a proud member of AFTRA, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
      He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Maria; and his children, Keith (Judy) Bellairs of Guelph, Canada, Jerry (Vivian) Bellairs of Daytona, Fla., Pat Bellairs of Lexington, Ky., Kim (Neal) Esterly of San Diego, Rick (Ellen M.) Bellairs of Woodstock, Jeff (Ellen E.) Bellairs of Minnetonka, Minn., Chris (Jeannie) Bellairs of Dallas, Edward (Sally) Henslee of Crystal Lake, Ann Henslee of Woodstock and Sue Samet of The Dalles, Ore.; many grandchildren, David and Bryan Esterly, Edward, Nick and Maria Samet, Vivian Willis and Mason Bellairs, Brennan and Tessa Jania, Joseph, Matt, Stacie and Malcolm Bellairs, Nigel and Graham Bellairs, Mallory and Jade Bellairs, Kelly Hallam, Rob Leana and Shannon Taylor. He truly loved his large, extended family, whose time together was filled with fun and laughter.
      A gathering of relatives and friends will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock. The gathering will continue from 10 a.m. Thursday, July 15, until the funeral Mass is celebrated at 11 a.m., at St. Mary Episcopal Church, 210 S. McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Woodstock. Military Honors will be provided by the Woodstock Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5040.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    2. [S1619] (Reliability: 3), 2 Jul 2019.
      The Daily Sentinel (Woodstock, Illinois), 25 Aug 1975, page 1

      Funeral services this morning

      Friends cite J Beliefs for service to community

      Jo M. Bellairs, general manager and partner of radio stations WTVS and WXRD, died Friday in Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge.

      Mrs. Bellairs, 57, 10006 Hidden Lane, Woodstock, was born June 22, 1918, in Milwaukee, Wis., the daughter of John and Alice Turner Morrissy.

      On Dec. 19, 1941, in Chicago, she married Malcolm K. Bellairs, who survives.

      Active in on - the - air broadcasting, Jo Bellairs, a 1940 graduate of Marquette University, had donated time and energy to many local organizations and programs.

      A memorial has been established in her name for the McHenry County Cancer Fund in care of the State Bank of Woodstock. Her family requests this fund be used in the McHenry County community.

      Friends of Jo Bellairs have also set up a memorial fund in her name for the Woodstock Opera House Community Center Restoration.

      "Jo was very interested in the uniqueness of the Opera House. She attended many programs there and always devoted time and energy to the publicizing of Opera House events. Both she and Mai were staunch supporters of the Opera House Restoration. Mai was chairman of the fund - raising drive," a friend told the Daily Sentinel today.

      Tremendous strength.

      "Jo Bellairs had tremendous strength; she made a mark and contribution in this community in the six years she was here." Mrs. Darlene Fiske
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      Contributions may be sent to the Jo Bellairs Memorial Fund, c/o Mrs. Ray Pensinger, 105 S. Fleming Road, Woodstock.

      Funeral Mass for Mrs. Bellairs was offered at 11 a.m. today in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Woodstock, with burial in Windridge, Cary.

      Mrs. Bellairs is also survived by seven children, Keith, Park Rapids, Minn., Jerald, Glenview, Pat and Kim Bellairs, Wonder Lake, and Richard, Jeffrey and Christopher, Woodstock; two grandchildren; a brother, John S. Morrissy, Carpentersville; and a sister, Mrs. Lawrence (Katherine) Liberty, Birkshire, Mass.

      She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister. Alice.

      Visitation was held Sunday evening in the Schneider, Leucht, Merwtfi and Cooney chapel, Woodstock.

      "She was a gallant soldier and a great lady," was a comment made this morning by friend and admirer Mrs. Kenneth (Darlene) Fiske.

      Mrs. Fiske said Jo Bellairs had been a tremendous inspiration during her illness.

      "She was a total communicator in her interest for people . . . more than that . . . she was actively communicating with her beautiful family, with friends and with her radio audience," Darlene Fiske said today.

      "Jo Bellairs had tremendous strength; she made a mark and contribution in this community in the six years she was here," exclaimed Mrs. Fiske.

      "Her contribution, to the community is one which would be difficult to attain. She will be really missed by everyone who came in contact with her, having been thoroughly involved in everything."

      Transcribed by Ted Smith

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