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Michael Timothy Hand

November 24, 1951 ~ April 26, 2021 (age 69)

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Michael Timothy Hand, age 69 of Lake Forest passed away peacefully Monday, April 26, 2021 at the Saint Joseph Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Palatine, Illinois. Michael was born November 24, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois to the union of John William and Eleanor E. (McDonough) Hand. Michael attended the St. John's School for the Deaf in Milwaukee and the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, Illinois.  As a young man for many years he worked at Hackney's Restaurant on Harms Road as a dishwasher.  He was very proficient and proud of his job. Future employment sent him to many other jobs such as working in the laundry department at Maryhaven and for the Ray Cross family as a tube bender at Brown Industries in North Chicago.  With his disability Michael always felt he did belong and was comfortable with the world around him, he was a social butterfly in that everyone in town would know him from ushering at Church of St. Mary to the store in downtown Lake Forest where he would spend most of his days.   He was most comfortable at home with his family and friends, but having an optimistic outlook on life he always kept looking to the future, and with an independent spirit he traveled the world, not letting his disability get in his way.

Beloved son of the late John W. and Eleanor E. Hand. Loving brother of the late John (Mary Beth) Hand, Brian (Mary Ann) Hand, the late Mark Hand, Kevin Hand and Colleen (Joseph) Bianchini. Fond uncle of 13 and great uncle to many. Dear cousin to many.

Visitation Friday, April 30, 2021 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the Seguin & Symonds Funeral Home, 858 Sheridan Road, Highwood to St. Patrick Church (Old Church) 991 South Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, Illinois. Msgr. Robert J. Dempsey and Fr. Joseph Mulcrone of the Catholic Office of the Deaf will be celebrants. Interment will follow at Saint Mary Cemetery, Lake Forest, Illinois

Contributions to The Little Sisters of the Poor, 80 West Northwest Highway, Palatine, Illinois 60067 would be appreciated

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April 30, 2021

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Seguin & Symonds Funeral Home
858 Sheridan Road
Highwood, IL 60040

Funeral Mass
April 30, 2021

11:00 AM
Saint Patrick Church
991 South Waukegan Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

April 30, 2021

12:00 PM
Saint Mary Cemetery
Sheridan & Spruce Roads
Lake Forest, IL 60045


Little Sisters of the Poor St. Joseph Home
80 West Northwest Highway, Palatine IL 60067
Tel: 1-847-358-5700

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