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In Memoriam: Karen Chavers

Tuesday, October 01, 2019
Special to suffredin.org
by Commissioner larry Suffredin

 

IN MEMORIAM:  

KAREN R. CHAVERS

Remarks of Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin at Karen Chavers’ funeral on August 31, 2018 at St. Felicitas Church, Chicago, Illinois.

 

Karen Chavers, where do you start? Karen was the leader of our team and the moral compass for many social justice initiatives.

 

We met many years ago at St. Mary’s Church in Evanston. Karen was the women involved in everything worthwhile in town. She had a clear sense of justice and fairness and was always leading people to a better future.

 

She had the flair and excitement of New Orleans and the serious determination of the Chicago Southside’s struggle for justice. She knew everyone and all thought of her as their best friend.

 

To her mother, Thyra Clark and her family, thank you for helping to mold this fighter for justice and for sharing her with us.

 

After my election 16 years ago, I was fortunate to have her become my co-worker in the 13th District Cook County Board Office. She established a standard of care for our constituents and an outstanding outreach effort on housing, healthcare, jobs, education and life issues. She helped thousands of people at the 820 Davis office deal with many hard and difficult life matters.

 

Her request for personal privacy during her illness was hard for many friends who wanted to embrace her and tell her how much she meant to them and how she changed their lives. I hope that the cards, videos and photos people sent helped her through this final struggle and let her know how much she was loved and how successful her life had been.

 

There are many people who want to be a source of Hope and Change to others but never achieve that goal.

 

Karen was the good and faithful servant who was both Hope and Change for those she met. I am privileged to have worked alongside her. Rest in the knowledge that your life was well lived.



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