John R. Mrizek

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John R. Mrizek, age 84, of Brookfield. Beloved husband of the late Ruth Ann Mrizek, nee Livesey; loving father of Richard Mrizek and Stephen (Brandi) Mrizek; dear grandfather of Zetta, Mira, Evelyn, Magdalyn and Addison; uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Friday, February 15, 2019 10:30 A.M. to time of Service 11 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.

Interment Private Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago.

Memorials appreciated to Palacky Odd Fellows Lodge Kids R Essential Program, 9234 Broadway Avenue, Brookfield, IL 60513.

Information 708-485-2000 or

John was born in Chicago and grew up in Riverside, IL, where he graduated from Riverside-Brookfield High School. John worked for the R.J. Mrizek Baking company founded by his father. After the bakery closed, he worked for several companies for 40 years as a bookkeeper.

John was a longtime member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, serving in a variety of leadership positions for his local lodge, Palacky Lodge #630, as well as at the state, national, and international level, serving as the Grand Patriarch of the Grand Encampment of Illinois in 1967 and the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Illinois in 1976. John was most proud of his 40 years of service as Grand Representative of the Grand Encampment of Illinois to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, being the longest serving Grand Representative in the history of Odd Fellowship. John’s work at the national level of Odd Fellowship allowed him to travel the country and the world with his wife, Ruth.

John was a dedicated and devoted husband, father, and grandfather who was always there for his family. John served as Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster in the Cub and Boy Scouts, a coach for Brookfield American Little League and Western Conference Baseball, and was a constant spectator and booster for whatever event his sons or grandchildren were involved in. John loved being a grandfather. The presence of his grandchildren always was met with joy and a smile. John will always be loved, will be greatly missed, and will always be remembered.

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  1. Richard Bright Senior Warden Grand Encampment of the State of IL condolence:

    John has served as a model of what an Odd Fellow should be. As an Officer of the Grand Encampment, I pledge to keep Brother John’s Message alive! Thank you for your Service and Rest In Peace.

  2. Dr. Charles Worrell, Sr. PSGM condolence:

    I have enjoyed mutual respect and fraternal friendship with John for many years. We served on The Sovereign Grand Lodge Judiciary Committee for several years. I knew both John and Ruth to be kind, gentle, respectful members. God be with their loved ones.

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