In Memorial

Shirley Ann Kudesh

Date of Death: April 25th, 2021
13 Iyar 5781


Shirley Ann (Shelly) Kudesh aka Baba, 88 of Chicago passed away April 25, 2021, loved by many; raised by loving parents the late Charles and Mary Ethel Ford in Ottawa, IL; beloved wife of the late Commissioner Harry Kudesh; loving mother of Michael (Jennifer, nee Tosic) Kudesh, Rhonda Kudesh (Wayne Bilut) and the late Mark Kudesh; cherished grandmother of Mayan and Sage, her happy pills; dear sister of Charles (Butch) Ford; treasured aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the World Jewish Congress - American Section, or the American Cancer Society, Private graveside service. Please attend via livestream,Tuesday, April 27, 3PM. For the link to view the service, shiva information and to leave condolences: Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, or (847) 255-3520.

Service Information

Service : Tuesday, April 27th at 3:00 pm
Service Location: Private Service-Live Stream Access - Shalom Memorial Park

May Her Memory Be For A Blessing

You are invited to view the recording of the funeral for Shirley Kudesh that took place on Tuesday, April 27 by clicking on the link below. The link will remain available for 30 days.

Shalom Memorial Park
1700 W. Rand Road
Arlington Heights

Shiva Information

Private Shiva
Notes of condolence may be sent to
Rhonda Kudesh
2909 Genoa Way
Delray Beach, Florida 33445

World Jewish Congress - American Section
American Cancer Society

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Guest Book & Memories

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May 2nd, 2021

I received the news of Shelly's death with sadness and resignation; my own mother, Alice Byron, died in January of 2020 just before the beginning of the whole Covid-19 disaster. Shelly and Alice were the best of friends for some fifty years and it is through my mother that I met Shelly and the rest of the Kudesh family - Harry, Mark, Michael and Rhonda as well as Jennifer and Wayne. Shelly and Alice were kindred souls, in some ways they were alike and in many ways they were different but, in the end, they were a perfect match.

They shared a rural and less than plentiful childhood, ended up in Chicago and married alpha males whom I believe were both empowered and tempered by their devoted and multifaceted wives. They loved to do things, go places, good food, family and just visiting. They took a learn-to-swim course together at the Leaning Tower Y.M.C.A. which I know was a futile effort but they enjoyed and laughed about it just the same. They were full of life, bigger than life, talented and dedicated to their own to a fault.

I am grateful for having known Shelly, she and Harry were kind, generous and loving to my mother and, I'm sure, all their friends. My mother and I shared many wonderful meals with the Kudesh family who, without exception, welcomed us into their homes and lives in spite of the fact that I am something of a recluse and my mother pretty much gave up entertaining after my father, Jerry, died in 1994. I don't remember the last time we were together but we always spoke two or three times a year when I was in the States and I know how affected she was when Alice passed away. Shelly was the last of the "Great Ones" that I can recall from my parents' generation and circle of friends and I will miss her dearly.

Thank you with all my heart for your friendship and loyalty, may you rest in eternal peace... Jamie

~J. Byron
~Friend, Chicago, IL

April 27th, 2021

Shirley was a great teacher, whose wit and candor always brought a smile, a laugh and delivered a piece of wisdom. Shirley gave my daughter her first job, dog walker. She helped teach my daughter how to drive. A guiding light and friend always.
She will Truly missed and always remembered and Loved.

~Friend and Neighbor, Lincolnshire


Yahrzeit Dates For Shirley Ann Kudesh

Tradition directs us in the evening before the Yahrzeit dates listed below, the anniversary of our loved one's day of death, we are to kindle a candle in our homes as a reminder of their place in our hearts.

Gregorian Date
13th of Iyyar 57825/14/2022
13th of Iyyar 57835/4/2023
13th of Iyyar 57845/21/2024
13th of Iyyar 57855/11/2025
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