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Dana L Filippello

April 3, 1963 - January 9, 2024

Dana L Filippello Dana L Filippello
    January 15, 2024 | 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Monday
  • Yurs Funeral Home St. Charles
  • January 16, 2024 | 10:30 A.M. Tuesday
  • St. Patrick Catholic church 400 Cedar Street St. Charles

Dana Lynn Filippello, of Bartlett, IL, was called home to her heavenly eternity on Jan. 9th, 2024, at the age of 60. She was born on April 3rd, 1963, in Chicago, IL, to her loving late parents, Frank and Judy (Towers) Filippello. Dana was also preceded in death by her dear older brother, Nicky.

Dana had a blast at every age and station of life. Her childhood was filled with laughter and mischief. Always playing outside with friends, brother Nicky, sister Jenny… and a wildly fun pack of cousins she has on both sides of her family! She always felt fortunate to have grown up in the era she did and with the family she absolutely adored.

Later, she married George J. Othon, and they had three children. As a mother, Dana radiated life, love, God, and laughter in every way imaginable. You could always find her giggling and plotting her next prank. Our mom had a carefree attitude and brought much of her own childhood to her kids. Whether it was teaching us to play kick the can, ding-dong ditching the neighbors, orencouraging her children to try anything and everything that sparked our interests. There was never a dull moment with a mom like her. She was kind, patient, and full of wisdom she learned from her own parents. And despite divorcing, George and Dana, over the years, grew close again in friendship when they became grandparents.

The rock, or gem, in her life is her sister Jenny. “Sisters … There were never such devoted sisters” sang their mother Judy. Dana and Jenny had a vibrant, unconditional love for each other and a humor so in sync that would make heads turn. As lifelong best friends Jenny spent these last 7 months supporting Dana in every aspect of her fight against cancer. Jenny cared for Dana until the very end with every ounce of her being.

The final chapter in Dana’s life was in 2017 when she became a grandparent. The family’s beloved “Nani” had 4 grandkids and from 2019 – 2021 she nannied for me, her oldest daughter Danielle’s 3 kids. Then in 2021, her son Georgie, and his 1-year-old daughter, needed her and she became a full-time caretaker to her last grandchild all the way up until just weeks before her passing. Clearly a dedicated Nani, Dana was the most present, fun, and active grandparent one could ever dream up.Anyone fortunate to have been close with Dana would agree; she lived for her kids and grandkids.

My mom loved Halloween, cooking Sunday night dinners for her family, recent spur-of-the-moment trips to Mt. Rushmore, Washington D.C., and even Egypt! She also enjoyed trips up to WI to visit her daughter Melanie. The last trip being a very special one as the two of them went wedding dress shopping and found the dress her youngest will be wearing on her wedding day this coming October!

This vibrant life was cut far too short; but she lived it to the fullest! Dana will be forever missed. She is survived by her sister, Jenny Filippello, her 3 children, Danielle (Justin) Bardahl, Georgie Othon (Emily Kramer), and Melanie Othon (Alex Trinkner). She is also survived by her adoring grandchildren, Olive (6), Jude (4), Isla (4), and Mary Jane (3). In addition to her immediate family, she leaves behind 2 aunts and 3 uncles, a mother-in-law, 3 sisters-in-law, 2 brothers-in-law, and many cherished cousins and friends.

We are all so lucky to have known, loved, and LAUGHED with Dana. We will forever hold dear, our time with her and cherish the individual impact she had on people in her life. She made people feel special!

Love you Momma,


Friends and family are invited to services in remembrance of Dana L. Filippello.

*Wake: Monday Jan.15th from 4pm -8pm at Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles at 405 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174.

*Funeral: Tuesday Jan.16th at 10:30am at St Patrick Catholic Church at 400 Cedar St, St. Charles, IL 60174.


Darlene Kline from Elmhurst , IL

"I will miss you so much"

Jagiello Cheryl from Bellingham, WA

"So sad you left so soon. I knew you in first grade! You had fond memories of my mom introducing you to Jesus. I wish I had spent more time keeping in touch. I will see you again “sister”! God is all we need… my heart goes out to those who miss you deeply…💕💕💕"

Debi Haugland Zabor from Roselle, IL

"Wow - so many memories hanging out with my brother, you and Nicky and Jenny. I rememeber your Mom playing piano and always prepared to feed us. Or neighborhood and childhood was so special. Glad we saw each other from time to time, even if sparingly. I have always had a special place in my heart for you and you family. Give Nicky a giant hug from me! I will pray for your family as they have lost so much! Till I see you again... ❤️"

Susan and Tom Tappert from Bartlett, IL

"Dana was our neighbor across the hallway in our condo building. Her smile was infectious and her zeal for life, her kids, grandkids and God were way bigger than her little body! She was also on the Board of our condo building and participated always for the betterment of our building. I know she is in a glorious place right now and will be looking down on her family and guiding them with wings of love~ RIP Dana - You will be tremendously missed!"

Mark & Amy Titre from South Elgin IL, IL

"We will never forget how sweet Dana was and it was our pleasure to get to know her. She was kind and full of love. Please know that you will be in our prayers during this most difficult time. She is now in the arms of Jesus 🙏"

Michael ,Maryjane , Alex and Alina Demarco from Ocala , FL

"To Dana’s family :Our deepest condolencces at this difficult time . Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family. Peace and prayers"

Susan Miller from Elgin , IL

"I only knew her for very short time, but I was drawn to her in a way that I cannot describe. You are so blessed to have her in your life.❤️😢🙏"

Beth Ross from Franklin Park , IL

"I am so sorry for your loss 😢 Dana and I were friends in ( Hester Jr. High) . She always had such an infectious smile, laugh ,charm and beauty. I met her through the late, Tracey Vanbuskirk and Lori Baldner . I am not surprised to hear she was the most loving sister,mom ,grama and friend! May God give you some peace at this difficult time and her memories carry in to those grandbabies generations of life ....with love ,Beth Ross"

Gabriel Othon from Naperville, IL

"All my love. Your legacy lives on through your kids and loved ones. We will miss you and keep you in our prayers."

Edward Othon from Naperville, IL

"I knew Dana since I was eleven. She was always fun and we made each other laugh."

Michael and Christina Amato from Bartlett, IL

"We are very sorry for your loss. Sending our deepest condolences and sympathy to your family during this difficult time. You all will be in our prayers. God Bless."

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