Blanche M. Grimes, nee Bolek

Blanche M. Grimes, nee Bolek, age 81, of Brookfield. Born in Cicero, Illinois and attended Burnham Grammar School, Morton High School and Morton Jr. College. Predeceased by her mother, Theresa Kulousek Bolek and her father Joseph Anton Bolek and brother Charles Bolek; survived by husband, Robert M. Grimes; daughters Cheryl (Greg) Feltz, Kathleen (David) Dvorak, Connie Vizek, Barbara Dimonte; 11 grandchildren: Nicole Stevens, Laura Lawrence, Jeffery and Scott Dvorak, Ashley, Ryan, Tyler and Jacob Vizek, Theresa, Julia and Victoria Dimonte; great grandchildren: Jack and Natalie Stevens and Landon Lawrence; brother Joseph (Gloria) Bolek and nephews Vince and Barry. Blanche was primarily a homemaker, but had worked as a Dental Receptionist for many years. She was also active in girl scouts, Brook Park BPC, Member of St. Louise Parish and Co-Director of Westchester Bridge Tournaments. Visitation Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 9 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd. 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Funeral 9:30 A.M. to St. Louise de Marillac Church, La Grange Park.  Mass 10 A.M. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Information at (708) 485-2000 or

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  1. Deb (Soumar) Monsen condolence:

    Dear Kathy (and Cheryl, Connie, and Barb) … I’m so sorry. My mom just called me this morning – your night, and I was afraid to call. Know my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you.
    I loved your mom … she was like a “2nd mom” as I was growing up. Will always remember her fondly with Girl Scouts, Michigan, and my short walks over to ‘your’ house just to say ‘hi’.
    love you, Deb

  2. Laura (Cech) Daman condolence:

    Dear Kathy, Cheryl, Connie, and Barb, We were so sad to hear of the loss of your sweet mom. She was my mom’s best friend since 3rd grade and, despite the miles between them, they have stayed close over the years. I myself have wonderful memories of going to “Auntie B’s and Uncle Bob’s” house when I was little – she was a dear, dear lady who truly was a beloved aunt. I know she will be missed by all. We are keeping you and your families in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Mary and Jay Cawley condolence:

    We have many fond memories of friendship and love with Blanche and Bob. Our hearts go out to their beautiful daughters and their extended families. We stayed in touch from afar via phone or email. Blanche was always upbeat and had a smile in her voice that we could see and hear all the way down in Florida. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please give Bob our love.

  4. Joan Sinsky condolence:

    Dear Grimes girls: so very very sorry! Over the years Ed and I shared so much with your Mom and Dad; blockparties, Christmas parties; I could go on and on; she will be missed greatly! May God be close to all of you in your sorrow!

  5. Allene Harmon condolence:

    Dear girls,
    My heart aches for you. I wish I could be there with you. Blanche and I have been friends since the third grade and have remained friends our whole life. She was a very special person and I will miss her very much. My loving thoughts are with you all, Auntie Aly

  6. Kris David condolence:

    I am so grateful to Blanche for that phone call offering me a job to work side by side with her. We formed a wonderful friendship that I will always cherish. She had a brilliant mind, a loving heart and a wicked sense of humor. Anyone who knew Blanche was a lucky person. She had the best advice in any given situation and always left you with a sense of hope. I love you Blanche xoxo Your friend, Kris

  7. carol ogren condolence:

    Dear Connie, you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    With love, Carol

  8. Deb Bilek condolence:

    Dear Connie and family, I am praying for your family during this time. Deb

  9. Pat (Haupt) Wascher-Allan condolence:

    Dear Cheryl,Kathy,Connie,Barbara, Bob and Joe,
    My deepest sympathy to all of you. Blanche was a dear friend since high school…still kept in touch via e-mails, always remembered each others b-days…her humor always there. No the pain of losing a loved one. Loving memories will help you through this difficult time. Most sincerely, Pat

  10. Leigh Ann (Schoonover) Rossi condolence:

    Grimes Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I know how difficult it is to lose someone so special.
    Leigh Ann

  11. Kathy Warzecha condolence:

    Dear Grimes Family, So sorry for your loss. I met your mother at the Birches in Clarendon Hills through my mother, Regina. We had something in common… St Joseph, Michigan.. she shared the story of one of the granddaughters getting married up there & how she enjoyed spending time there every summer. My daughter just married up there in 2012. She was a really lovely woman who always had a smile regardless of how the day was going for her.

  12. Janice Dunlap Walter condolence:

    I just learned of this dear lady’s passing. I would like her family to know how fond I was of their loved one. We first met in 1975 when we moved to LaGrange Park. Over the years our paths crossed frequently as we played Bridge together, led the Girl Scout Cadette Troop, gathered for the yearly meeting of Brook Park Moms, etc. I only regret that I never visited her in her Clarendon Hills home. I would have liked to have paid my respects to this dear friend, but I only now learned of her passing.

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