Laura Mather Obituary

Laura  Mather
Laura Mather

October 9, 1980 - May 13, 2019
Born in Chicago, Illinois
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Laura Mather loving daughter of Nancy Recchia and James Barham, her stepfather, of Pella, Iowa, passed away on May 13, 2019. Laura was born on October 9, 1980, to parents Nancy Recchia and the late Richard Mather in Chicago, Illinois.

Laura attended Alcuin Montessori Elementary School in River Forest, Illinois, and graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1998. She had a multitude of artistic talents and very broad cultural interests, including photography, which she studied at Columbia College Chicago; sound and recording production, which she studied at San Diego City College in San Diego, California; and American Sign Language, which she studied at Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois.

Laura also had a gift for acting and music. In addition to assuming the lead role in a number of high school plays, she was a soloist with the Oak Park and River Forest Children’s Choir, and traveled to England where she performed with the Choir. She also studied Italian, living for a time with a family in Italy, as well as the biology of bats, which she researched during a trip to Costa Rica.

An adult convert to Catholicism, Laura received the holy sacraments of baptism and confirmation in 2015 at St. Patrick Church in Lemont, Illinois.

Those who are left to cherish Laura’s memory are her mother Nancy Recchia and her step-father James Barham, her sister Emily Moretz (Andy Moretz), her step-brother Oliver Barham (Johanna Fabian-Marks), her paternal grandmother Carol Mather (aged 92), and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Laura was preceded in death by her father Richard Mather, her aunt JoAnn Recchia-Horst, and her other grandparents.


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Memorial Visitation
St. Mary's Catholic Church - Pella
726 218th Place
Pella, IA US 50219
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Prayer Vigil Service
St. Mary's Catholic Church
726 218th Place
Pella, IA US 50219
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
6:30 PM
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Funeral Mass
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
200 East Illinois Street
Lemont, IL US 60439
Saturday, May 25, 2019
11:00 AM
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Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
1400 S Wolf Road
Hillside, IL US 60162
Saturday, May 25, 2019
12:30 PM
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