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Obituary: Brian Thomas Molloy

May 7, 1963 – August 19, 2020

information provided by Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home

Brian Thomas Molloy, age 57 of Lansing, IL, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. He is survived by his beloved wife: Joan (nee Van Milligan); three loving children and spouses: Shannon (Mark) Zarobsky, Brian Patrick (Mary Vanderbilt) Molloy, and Kara Greene; seven adoring grandchildren who called Brian “Papa”: Mackenzie, Emma, and James Zarobsky, Madison and Hailey Molloy, and Logan and Piper Greene; Brian is also survived by his parents: Patrick and Patricia Molloy; siblings: Michael (Barbara) Molloy, Sharon (Michael) Burns, and Catherine (Robert) Pobiega; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog: Jake.

Friends are invited to meet with Brian’s family on Wednesday, August 26 from 3:00 – 8:00 PM at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Rd., Lansing, IL. Masks and hand sanitizer are available at the funeral home and it is requested that visitors limit their time at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 27 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Leroy Childress (PC) from Grace Church in Lansing officiating. Brian will be laid to rest in a private family service at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL at a later date.

Brian honorably served our country in the U.S. Navy. His last duty assignment was aboard the USS Bowen (FF-1079). He worked as a Stationary Engineer for Operating Engineers Local 399. Brian was many things to many people – a devoted husband, a loving father, an adoring “Papa”, the funniest uncle, an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, camping with his wife and grandchildren, golf, walking his beloved dog Jake, a Navy shipmate, and much much more. He was a one of a kind guy with a huge heart, a smile, and a hug for everyone.

Our family has been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support for Brian. We want to honor Brian by setting up a scholarship fund that will help a graduating senior from a local high school who is attending a technical, trade or vocational school. Brian was known and respected for his strong work ethic and passion for his work. He didn’t attend college but his time in the US Navy and his technical training served him and his family well and we wish to honor him in helping young students who also wish to follow similar paths. So in Brian’s honor, and in lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations on, or in person at the funeral home.

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