Mother's Day Messages Of Love From Illinois Patch Readers

Lisa Marie Farver

ACROSS ILLINOIS — Mother's Day 2020 will be a little different due to the coronavirus shutdown and social distancing, but that didn't stop these Illinois Patch readers from showing the moms in their lives a little bit of love. We asked readers to send in photos and messages of love for their mothers and the response was heartwarming and uplifting.

To Maria Luisa Leon from Gabriel Leon

"My mom is is in a memory care facility. I haven’t been able to hug or kiss her for over a month since the facility is quarantined due to COVID-19. Using FaceTime visits or visits with me outside her room window and me outside."

via Gabriel Leon

To Sharon Dwyer from Kelly Braun of Woodridge

"My mom has a heart full of love for everyone she knows. To know her, is to love her as well. She is kind to a fault, generous, creative, forgiving and so genuine. When people talk about “Sharon”, the first thing they always say is “she is just the sweetest woman I know”. My mom worked extremely hard her whole life... she was a full time Office manager for two very busy companies and managed to raise four kids, with some help from my dad, but very independently. My siblings and I have learned so much about kindness and generosity by watching my mother care for everyone around her. Despite any hardships I have ever had in my life, I can never get very discouraged because I know how incredibly God has blessed me. My mom is a unique, perfect example of what a Mom should be in every regard. I truly have the best mom there is. I love you, Mom!!"

To Judy Dejarld from Steven Dejarld of Joliet

"Mother you have been an inspiration to so many people around you. You have made it possible for others to continue down their path of life with your generosity and wisdom. I thank god often for giving me a mother as you. I hope this message is just part of a great Mother’s Day!! With love your son Steven"

To Paula Diaz from Linda Diaz of Joliet

"Thank you for all you have done, all you are doing, and all you will do for me and my girls. We love you! Happy Mothers Day!"

To Karen Mattas from Bryan Mattas of Joliet

"This will be our first Mothers day without you. Can not even imagine how its gonna feel on Sunday. Wishing you the Biggest Bestiest Mothers Day in Heaven to you . We all miss you sooo much. Love you Forever #2"

To Leslie Hresja from Morgan Hresja of Downers Grove

"My mom, Leslie, is a tireless worker and caregiver, who has taught both my sister and me the values of compassion and empathy. Over the past 15 years, she has lost her sister and parents, and now my father is slipping away to Alzheimer's. She has often put herself second to other's health needs, but always serves as an advocate for them to get the best possible care. Recently, my dad was diagnosed with Covid-19, and once again, my mom used all her resources to try to help with his care. She has a big birthday coming up this spring, and it is looking more and more likely that the plans we had to celebrate her will not happen. We are so proud of her, the love she shares, and the way she looks to making the everyday special, even when things are challenging. We love you, Mom."

To Virginia Pacheco-Perez from Tresea Lollar of Joliet

"Me and my mom May have our ups and downs, but she’s always there for everyone and especially her grandkids. They may not see her every day or every year, but they know that grandma loves them all! All 10+ grandkids she has. She may live 1400 miles away no matter far apart we are or the distance between us she’s my mom and I love her very much! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY MOM I/WE LOVE YOU"

To Rebecca Dixon from Kelly Bonner of Joliet

"Happy Mother's Day Mom!"

To Linda Blatt from Colleen Westbrook of North Aurora

"Happy Mother's Day, Mom! We love you! :)"

via Colleen Westbrook

To Barb Mueller from Julia Mueller of LaGrange Park

"I love you mom and I want to thank you for all that you do for me! You are very much appreciated, you have always been there for me since day 1 and I don’t know what I would do without you ! There are many words to describe how grateful I am for you one of them being that you are amazing !! You have been through so much throughout the years and you are strong and brave ! You are my mother and best friend! Thanks again for all that you do, taking me to volleyball, colorguard practice, and much more !! Love you, mom"

via Julia Mueller


To Linda Smith from Stephen Smith, Jr. of Arlington Heights

"My Mother was 36 when she passed away suddenly but despite only being 12 at the time we honor her fun loving spirit every year. She was always a volunteer and the mother to all of my friends. Neighborhood mom! She is deeply missed."

To Gretchen Valenta from Devyn and Rozlyn of New Lenox

"Happy Mother's Day, mommy, we love you & thank you for always taking time for us! "You're the best cooker" Love Devyn & Rozlyn"

To Eileen from Suzanne of Clarendon Hills

"We are SO happy to finally have you home after 7 weeks in hospital and rehab. We finally get to see and hold you. Wishing you a speedy recovery from your surgery. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! We all love you so much, Suzanne, John and Arne xxx"

To Erika Clemons from Marcus Clemons of Bolingbrook

"Erika is an awesome mother of 5 who has made many sacrifices for her family and children. Thank you so much and we love you."

To Nina from Vanessa Saunders of Joliet

"Hey Ma, you're truly the best mom anyone could ask for! I'm so lucky to call you my mom. You're always there for us kiddos AND grandbabies. C: enjoy your Mother's Day, you deserve it!!"

To Laverne Pawelski from Margaret of Orland Park

"My mom is 91 years old and is in a nursing home. I have not been able to visit her because of COVID-19. She is a strong, tough women who raised 5 children on her own after my Dad died at a very young age. She always has a smile on her face and loves to converse. I miss her very much. Happy Mother's Day to my hero!"

To Katherine Evans from Marcus Clemons of Bolingbrook

"Katherine Evans a strong, quiet, gracious woman who walks in the confidence of God. A nurse by trade but a truecare taker from the heart. We love you MOM !!!!"

To Mary E. Hendron from Kim Stark of Joliet

"I love u mom. Thanks for being u & thanks for all u do!!"

To Dawnell from Teresa of Mundelein

"Mom, you're the best, and I love you with all of my heart and soul. May God always shower you with His amazing love and kindness. Have a wonderful Mother's Day!!"

via Teresa Schahczinski


To Danielle D. from Amy L. of Bolingbrook

"Happy Mother’s Dad Mom! We love you SO Much!! Love, Carys & Remy"

To Deborah Hainey from Angela Atik of Bridgeview

"Happy Mother's to one of the strongest loving caring moms out there. Mom you're not just my mom you're my best friend. Thank you for everything you have done for me and most of all thank you for being my mom/BFF. I love you have a wonderful mother's day!"

via Angela Atik

To Kelly DeGroot from Kara DeGroot of Oak Forest

"I love you so much! Thank you for everything you have taught me! You are the reason that I am the best person I can be! I appreciate everything you have done for me!"

via Kara DeGroot

To Judy Martin from Daniel J. White of Oak Hill

"Happy Mother's Day! I Love You, Dan."

To Terri Candra from Steven and Zachary Candra of Oak Lawn

"Our Mom is strong, fun, loving, funny, we love and appreciate you a lot!"

To Melitta Trytek from Linda Trytek of Deerfield

"My mom died in 2007, but she left many lessons that resonate in these Pandemic Times. She was about 10 years old and hospitalized in Austria when Hitler annexed the country in 1937. Just before her 18th birthday she was in Dresden, training to be a nurse, when the Allies firebombed the city. It took 3 days for her hospital to be dug out from the rubble. My mom learned how to survive traumatic events the hard way. Throughout her life, my mom urged me to think for myself and use my head in order to overcome obstacles. Her favorite quote was from Winston Churchill: 'If you’re going through hell, keep going.' Those words help me to keep putting one foot in front of the other during these scary, chaotic times."

via Linda Trytek

To Angela Rosa Brandonisio from Rosa Sanders of Romeoville

"Dear mammina, you are so loved and so missed. Can't wait to see you again. You are a very strong woman, a fighter after everything our family has endured you're still standing!! You Are So Admired! Happy Mother's Day beautiful mamma."

To Cindie Solivan-Correa from Stacey Martinez of Plainfield

"Dear Mommy, we miss you very much on Mother's day and all the days! You were and always will be our 1st teacher, mom, aunt, grandma, sister and friend. On this day, we honor, love and cherish your sweet memory!"

To Maureen Kanadet from Joyce Kanadet of Oak Lawn

"My mom is an Amazing woman! Not only raising 5 kids { All Grown Now} -Gonna be 85yrs old, But She teaches Senior Citizens how to line dance -Some of them have lost their husbands & vice versa, but say if it wasn't for her, they wouldn't be trying to 'Live Again'-I Call Her An Angel!"

To Mary Stofan from Joanie of Joliet

"My mom is and always will be my best friend. She is the epitome of loyal and is always there for her children no matter the situation. I hit the jackpot the day I was born having her as my mom! I love you mom, and I carry your heart."

via Joan Stofan

To Melissa Diamond from Beth Laske of Ingleside

"You are the BEST Mommy ever, in the whole world!"

To Melinda Kaiser from Maribeth Kaiser of Lockport

"Mothers day for me in the last four years has been so much more. I became a mother, learning what it means to love somone unconditionally. In February my mother lost her battle with cancer. This is our first mothers day without her. I learned so much about what it means to be a mother from her. She was an amazing woman who never met a stranger. Happy First Mothers Day in Heaven Mom! We all love and miss you dearly."

To Hazel Dallstream from Suzanne Trent of Lake Barrington

"We love you, Grams, and wish you a beautiful Mother’s Day!"

via Suzanne Trent

To Leslie Zabel and Lil Sklar from Jorie DiCocco of Northbrook

"I am so blessed to have such a wonderful, caring, thoughtful, generous, mother, we are also so lucky to have my grandmother who is 96. Attached is picture of 4 generations, feeling very blessed to have such wonderful role models."

via Jorie DiCocco

To Kim Bishop from Ashley Cook of Channahon

"My mom has lived in Florida 2 1/2 years now. We talk on the phone or FaceTime everyday. She works for Disney and brings the magic into my family’s life everyday!"

To Maureen Diaz from Gina Avila of Joliet

"Happy Mother's Day Mom! We love you and miss you so much. Hope you have a wonderful day! Love always, Gina, Bernie, Chris, Christian, Armani, Aeris and Ryder (woof woof)"

To Jean Benson from Al Benson of Aurora

"Thanks for being the greatest grandmom and mom!"

via Al Benson

To Maria from Roxanne Antillon of Chicago

"I love you more than anything you’re the best mother and father !!"

To Selena Carabez from Roxanne Antillon of Chicago

"Happy Mother’s Day you’re a great mom love you always!"

To Maura Ryan from Thomas Ryan of Lake Forest

"Thanks for everything you do!"

To Theresa Buck from DeAnna Boat of Plainfield

"My mom is truly a Wonder Woman! She’s been under quarantine since March 15th and unable to spend time with family and friends during this time of Covid-19! She continues to amaze me every day with her strength!

Mom - I love you so much and am so proud to call you my mother! You’re my best friend and whole heart! I can’t wait to hug you again and share some girl time over wine at Wine & Cheese Co. or darts at Backroad Pub again soon! Happy Mother’s Day 2020!"

via DeAnna Boat

To Kelly Zarate from Loretta Doyle of Oak Lawn

"Kelly, you are an amazing woman and the best Mother ever! You inspire me with your beauty, your talents, and your compassion. I am so proud to call you my daughter. I Love You. Happy Mother’s Day."

via Loretta Doyle

To Tess Lejarde from Ryta Alejandre of Oswego

"To an incredible super woman who spent her entire life caring for her 5 kids - Ryta Kit Meng Kay Dit"

via Ryta Alejandre

To Carol Nagle from Kim LaVoy of Chicago

"I love you mom and I wish we could be together and hug, but I want to keep you safe!!!! Soon we will be gambling together!! Happy Mother’s Day"

To Darlene Dabek from Marci of Plainfield

"I honor my dear mom on Mother’s Day! A very generous, simple, quiet, smart, funny, loving mother. Also an avid gardener and a great cook. I love you Mom! Happy Mother’s Day"

via Marcia Dabek

To Florady Matthews from Kendra Coleman

"Happy Mother’s Day wishes sent all the way to Las Vegas, NV! I am so thankful for my mother and all that she stands for. Her Loving, Caring and Spirit Lead Heart has grounded us all and keeps us in God’s Perfect Peace! Thank you Lord for the Blessing of the Best mom, grandma, aunt, friend we could ask for! To know her is to Love her! Enjoy your day!"

via Kendra Coleman

To Mrs. Robbie Ross from Cynthia Gwenne Echols Stewart

"Happy Mother's Day I Love and Appreciate you."

To Joan Crowe from Chrissy Crowe of La Grange

"To the very best mom in the world: I love you!!! I hope you have the greatest Mother’s Day! So very proud to be your daughter!"

via Chrissy Crowe

To Jane Crutcher from Pat Palmer of Darien

"I’ve been lucky to have my Mom as my mother for almost 60 years! She’ll be 96 years old at the end of May. She is the best! Always so loving, caring and thoughtful. Happy Mother’s Day Mom!"

To Carole from Kim of Carpentersville

"Mom- I would like to thank you for always being there for me for everything. Also, for All the things that you do for me and how caring you are when you do them. Happy Mother’s Day! Love you with all my heart!"

To Barbara Schramer from Deanna Fichtel of Oswego

"I love you so much. You are the best Mom ever! I’m very lucky to be your daughter."

To Hope Talton from Megan of Lynwood

"Happy Mother's Day to a beautiful woman who has been there through the good and the bad times through thick and thin and always supported me and my family. I take my hat off to you, to honor you and all that you do on this very special day. I love you most!"

To Barbara Brandin from Bonnie Berg of Deerfield

"Mom, you are truly the most loving, caring mother and grandmother with an absolute heart of gold. Knowing that I can talk to you every day and even see you if I want is a gift that I don’t take for granted even for one second!

Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day and many more to come. All my love, Bonnie"

via Bonnie Berg

To Marcia from Gracie of Bolingbrook

"I want you to know how much I love you. I am so VERY grateful for all of the amazing years that I have been your daughter. I will always cherish the memories that we have made and will continue making. I hope you know that I love you and you are one of my best friends!! Happy Mother’s Day!!"

To Cathie Born-Markham from Emma Markham of Aurora

"Love you Momma I hope you like your gift ! Lots of puppy kisses and kitten snuggles!

Signed, Emma,Comet,Theo and Puffy"

via Emma Markham

To Kathy Altosino from Rick Altosino of Plainfield

"I’d like to honor Kathy Altosino on Mother’s Day. You are generous, loving, and caring. I thank you for being a wonderful Grandmother to my son Josh. We love you so much! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day! Love Always,Rick, Marci & Josh"

To Jackie DiNardo from Michelle Keeton of Joliet

"I love you Mom! I hope you have the best day ever!"

via Michelle Keeton

To Ruth Tabbitt from Kim Mazylewski of Oak Forest

"Happy Mother's Day Mom! We love you and miss you!

Love, Kim Dave Jonathan & Dexter"

To Janet Born from Cathie Born-Markham and Emma Markham of Aurora

"My mom is great support and help to me with watching my daughter so I can work. I have been laid up since 1/31 and I don't know how I would have managed without her physical help, shopping for me, and doing the laundry. She is a blessing to many others in assisting then when they have needs. Being English, she taught me to love a good cup of tea and how to crochet."

"Remember when I was little and you were trying to tell me that mum's nanny was my great nanny ? ' Then you said do you understand '? and I said 'No I speak English'! :) :) :) :): ): ) : )

Love, your little sugar plum!"

via Cathie Born-Markham

To Laura Farver from Lisa Farver of Chicago

"Mom, I love you so much! Thank you for the world you've given me and everything you taught me!"

via Lisa Farver

To Laurie Busch from Lisa Farver of Chicago

"You are a great sister and an even better mom. Happy Mother's Day! Love you."




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This article originally appeared on the Downers Grove Patch