Mildred Calek, nee Vasko

Mildred Calek

Our beloved mother, Mildred (nee Vasko) Calek, passed away peacefully in her home in LaGrange on June 19, 2022, just days before her 91st birthday. Devoted wife of the late Joseph Calek, she is survived by her daughters Anne (David Lockery) Calek, Alice (Richard, retired CFD) Dory, and her son Joe Calek; loving grandmother of Matt (fiancée Alyssa) and Dan Dory (fiancée Morgan), Allison and Andrew Calek; dear sister of the late Jerry (late Gloria) Vasko; fond aunt of Buddy, Debra, Laura, Joel, and the late Paul. She will be especially missed by her grand and great grand-dogs/cats Freyja, Auri, Halas, Daisy, Chloe, and Salem. Mildred grew up in Chicago and North Judson, Indiana and raised her family in Berwyn, later moving to North Riverside. She was a PTA volunteer, Girl Scout leader, deacon for her church, and active member of the CSA and quilting club. While working full-time as a secretary, she earned her Associates degree. She made quilts for veterans at Hines VA Hospital and baked meals for PADS. She learned how to upholster, and after retiring, took exercise, yoga, and Czech school classes, and was her husband’s caregiver for 20 years after he suffered a stroke. She sewed, gardened, traveled throughout the US, New Zealand, and Australia, was an avid reader, and worked diligently every day on crossword puzzles until she passed away. She was a friend to many and will always be remembered for her generosity, compassion, and determination. She lived life to its fullest with grace and dignity and will be dearly missed.

Visitation Sunday, June 26, 2022, 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and Monday, June 27, 2022, 10 A.M. to Time of Service 10:30 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.

Interment Private Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the West Suburban Humane Society, 1901 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515 or American Cancer Society, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1210, Chicago, IL 60601 are appreciated.

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  1. Frank Michalek condolence:

    I wish to extend my deepest condolences and sympathy to the entire family of Mildred Calek.

  2. Kathy and Bill Raney condolence:

    Sending our deepest sympathy to your families. Keeping you in our thoughts.

  3. Antiginee Brown condolence:

    My Deepest condolences to each family member, she will be missed dearly. She was an amazing woman and I’m glad and very honored to have had a chance to meet and take care of her . Lots of love

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