Mary Ellen Platt, 64, a proud retired CPD Lieutenant, left our world unexpectedly on March 9, 2018, doing what she loved most, travelling the world; Loving and devoted wife of the late Amando Mercado Jr.; Beloved sister of Rosanne (Eddie) Resteghene, Robert (Cathy) Platt, James (Cathy) Platt, Jane (Bob) Garro, Lucille (the late Joe) Biggins, Barbara (Terry) Hennigan, Theresa (Marty) Hennigan, Thomas (Kathy) Platt, Jacqueline (Jerry) Kuipers, William (Rita) Platt and Bernadette (Brian) Dyra. Cherished aunt of 39 nieces and nephews and great aunt of 17. Mary Ellen lived life out loud and had one of the most generous hearts. Her infectious laughter, energy and adventurous spirit were truly one-of-a-kind. She was a globe trotter who travelled to more than 100 countries, visiting dozens of nieces, nephews and dear friends. She was the life of the party, and had a refreshing no-nonsense sense of humor and confidence that left a mark on everyone she met. “The flame that burns twice as bright, burns half as long.” – Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher. And while Mary Ellen’s flame extinguished far too soon, the light she brought to each of us is forever burned in our hearts. Visitation Monday April 2nd from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Cumberland Chapels 8300 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge. Family and Friends to meet Tuesday at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in River Forest for 9:30 a.m. Funeral Mass. Interment to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Chicago Police Department Memorial Fund/Fallen Heroes Fund are appreciated. Info: 708-456-8300 or www.cumberlandchapels.com.