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Michael E. Bushong - 50

Chicago Heights

Michael E. Bushong. Age 50. Born March 6, 1970, passed away October 13, 2020. Lifelong Chicago Heights resident. Graduate of the Bloom High School, Prairie State College, and Eastern Illinois University. Worked 23 years with Verizon Wireless as Contract Manager for the East Coast Region. Father of Gianna and Lucia Bushong. Son of Edith “Edie” (fiancé Gary Nykaza) D’Andrea and Jeffery (Judy) Bushong. Brother of Cieana (Jason) Detlof and Cara (James) Brytan. Grandson of Catherine “Kay” (late Edward) Bushong and the late Mario (late Nora) D’Andrea. Nephew, cousin and friend of many. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W 14th St (US Rt 30, 3 blks E of Western Ave), Chicago Heights on Sunday October 18th from 12:00 Noon until time of services 6:00 pm. Burial private. Due to the pandemic, masks must be worn and social distancing when inside the funeral home. Info 708-481-9230 and


Due to the pandemic restrictions the funeral home is only able to have up to 50 people inside during the service at 6:00 PM.  The Bushong family set up a livestream which you can access and see the service on the following link:


  • Mary Siciliano

    on 10/15/20

    I was so sad to hear of Michael's passing. Michael and I worked together at Verizon for many years; and we would often have long conversations about anything and everything. I considered Michael to be a friend and not just a co worker. I am sorry I cannot attend the service for Michael, but I will be praying for him and his beautiful little girls who he adored!!!

  • Erin Roeper

    on 10/15/20

    Uncle George and I were so saddened to hear of Michael's passing.  He was such a loving, sociable man who seemed to genuinely treasure time spent with the aunts and uncles on the extended side of our family.  We appreciated being invited to gatherings where he presided at the grill, cooking delicious hamburgers and Italian sausage.  We will always remember his zest for life.  Keeping the Bushong family in our prayers.  Erin and George Roeper

  • Larry DeThomas

    on 10/16/20

    My deepest condolences to the Bushong and the D'Andrea families. You may not remember me, but Mike and I went to grade school together at St Paul's from kindergarten through eighth grade Mike and I were very close friends at that time. We lost touch over the years, but I was able to reach out to him recently and we were able to catch up over the phone. I'm very grateful that I got a chance to speak with him and deeply saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Mike's family at this time.

    Larry DeThomas & Family

  • Carol Horak

    on 10/16/20

    I am so sorry to hear of Mike's death.  I first met him at the Taste of Italy to celebrate some March birthdays.  I remember most his smile, larger than life persona, and welcoming nature.  Over the years, any time we would see each other, Mike always made me feel special yet still part of the group.  When I finally met his girls, I thought he would burst with pride.  His love, attention, and affection were palpable.  My deepest condolences to those who are feeling this hole left by Mike's passing.  I pray you will continue to reach out and carry each other moving forward.  To find balance in life is tricky and support from family and friends is a must.  I hope you will soon smile from a fond memory of Mike like I do and exemplify the positives of his life.

  • William Vollmer

    on 10/17/20

    Jeff, and, families. My deepest condolences on the passing of Micheal.

  • Paul j kvasnicka

    on 10/18/20

    Youtube live streamed via Beecher Fellowship Baptist Church YouTube Channel This can be viewed on a pc, tablet, smart phone, Smart YV with Internet and youtube app, or a Comcast Cable Box with youtube app.
  • Todd Walters

    on 10/18/20

    Goodbye to a truly entertaining friend that always put a smile on my face.  The world is a little less bright today but I know you are somewhere making people smile and bringing joy.    

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