Martha “Marti” A. Rus, nee Katich

Martha Rus

Martha “Marti” A. Rus, nee Katich, age 94, of La Grange Park, Illinois was born to the late Frank and Martha (nee Masopust) Katich, Jr. on June 14, 1928 in Chicago. Beloved Wife of the late Frank C. Rus, Loving Mother of Frank C. (the late Randi) Rus Jr., Steven E. (Lynn) Rus, Debra M. (Randell) Richey, Pamela M. (Clifford) Haines and Laura J. (Earl) Vraney. Devoted Grandmother “Gramma” of Marideth C. (Christopher Marks) Rus, Darren M. (Danae) Rus, William R. (Christine) Richey, Frank C. Rus III, Jaimie M. (Thomas) Caudill, Caitlin A. Haines, Nicole M. (Chris) Mach, Hailey A. (Jose) Contreras, April M. Haines, Megan A. Vraney. Cherished Great Grandmother “GG” of Ava and Cora Rus, Grayson and Noah Marks, and Alister Richey. Dear Sister of late Frank Joseph “FJ” Katich. “Aunt Marti” to many nieces and nephews. Loving Cousin to Beverly Parat Kott, Joseph “Joey” Novacek, Ronald Krimbel and the late Richard A., Geraldine and Jeannie Katich.

A Faith-Filled Mother who guided her children in her Catholic faith including attendance at St. Louise de Marillac Catholic School and Church Mass. ‘Mom’ was a parishioner of St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Parish since its beginning in 1956. ‘Mom’ prayed to Our Blessed Virgin Mary in The Rosary and to Jesus every night to Bless her while she slept, even right before her Eternal Sleep.

Lying in State Friday, November 18, 2022 from 9:00 am to time of Mass 11:00 am at the Alexine Chapel, 1515 W. Ogden Avenue, La Grange Park, Illinois. Please enter the Chapel by using the eastside entrance.

Arrangements entrusted to Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.

Donations to St. Louise de Marillac Church, 4008 Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, IL 60513 or St. Thomas Hospice, 119 E Ogden Ave, #111, Hinsdale, IL 60521

Interment Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Justice, Illinois.

Information 708-485-2000 or

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  1. Peter DellAquila Sr condolence:

    Lion Debra and family I send my condolences on the passing of your mother May she rest in peace with her husband Frank.

  2. Mimi Nolan condolence:

    Debbie, so sorry for this significant loss in your family. You have beautifully documented your devotion to your dear Mother with Facebook posts. You can rest knowing you did your best! Prayers for your healing and support.

  3. Mady Miller condolence:

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your mother. What a precious mom you had. God bless you all❤️

  4. Frank C Rus Jr condolence:

    Mom had a wonderful and fulfilled life…
    Beginning with the Family into which she was born and continuing with the Friends of her childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
    Meeting a handsome young stranger introducing himself with his promise of marriage, sharing his promise through their marriage, followed by creating a Family of 5 children.
    Mom was a Telephone Operator and a Business Owner; and more importantly a Wife, a Mother, a Gramma, a Great Gramma, a Cousin, an Aunt and a Friend with an extended Family of Friends from Frank & Marti’s Beach Resort, her neighbors in LaGrange Park and her fellow residents and staff at Beechwood Manor.
    “Thank you” to all of you who helped fill Mom’s life by sharing a part of yours.

  5. Sheila Berry condolence:

    The memories I have of Marty , are on the Hill at KU in Lawrence, rooting for their grandson Darren , playing Football!!
    What fun we had with Marty and Frank!!
    My prayers go out to you all at this time!!!

    Blessings, and Peace ,Sheila Berry

  6. Vivian Oliva condolence:

    Prayers & condolences to the family. May she rest in eternal Peace in the arms of our Lord.


  7. Mary Schatz condolence:

    My deepest condolences, I will miss your
    Mom dearly. may she rest in eternal peace. Thank you for allowing up to take care of such a wonderful person.

  8. Debby (Vyduna) Todhunter condolence:

    I am deeply sorry for your loss.

  9. Susan Karppala condolence:

    Deb and Pam, I’m so sorry for your loss. You are blessed beyond measure to have her so long and to spend so much time with her these past weeks! Thanks for sharing your poignant journey with all of us. It was very special.

  10. Pam (Mama's daughter) condolence:

    To My Mama:

    It was an honor being by your hospice side 24/7 from 9/11 to 11/11 when you chose to go home Mom. You were the best Mom in life and the best roommate at end of life. I admire your strength and your determination all those weeks going down your own path. I have some great stories of things you communicated to us those days. I know you didn’t want to go Mom. You had unfinished business and you had such a strong will to live. I believe you worked your way thru all of that during the month your children were by your side. I know you went home in peace Mom. I’m going to miss your smile when I would wake up and look at me. I’m going to miss that “hi” when you looked into my eyes. I’m going to miss listening to you breath each night knowing I had one more day with you. Mom, it hasn’t hit me yet that you are really, truly gone from this earth. But I know that you are in a much better place and with Dad and Nana and Gramps and all those that went before you. And you I know you met the little girl who you called a little Angel up with Randi. You are “Home” now Mom. And I will cherish all the memories of you. I will carry you in my heart forever Mama. I love you! Your loving daughter, Pam

  11. Pam (Mama's daughter) one more thing Mom condolence:

    Happy Thanksgiving Mom! It’s my first one without you or being able to call you. And one last thing:


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