Ruth Ann Mrizek, nee Livesey

Ruth Ann Mrizek, nee Livesey, age 76, of Brookfield. Beloved wife of John R. Mrizek; loving mother of Richard Mrizek and Stephen (Brandi) Mrizek; dear grandmother of Zetta, Mira, Evelyn, Magdalyn and Addison; sister of the late Harry, Robert, Donald and John Livesey; aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Friday, December 7, 2018 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

Ruth was born in Madison, WI and moved to Oak Ridge, TN with her family at the age of 2 for her father’s work on the Manhattan Project, then to Hinsdale, IL where she graduated from Hinsdale Central High School. Ruth graduated from Mt. Sinai Hospital Nursing School in Chicago and worked as a registered nurse for over 25 years at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago and at LaGrange Memorial Hospital.

Ruth was a longtime member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, serving in a variety of leadership positions for Palacky Lodge #630 and Cicero Rebekah Lodge #44. She was also active at the state level, serving as Grand Matriarch of the Grand Ladies Encampment Auxiliary of Illinois and Grand Scribe for over 30 years. She was involved in numerous programs with the Odd Fellows over the years, but was extremely proud of her work with the Autistic project. Her lifelong involvement with the Odd Fellows gave her the opportunity to travel throughout the country and the world with her husband, John.

Ruth was a dedicated and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who always was there for her family. Ruth was an active member of the Congress Park PTA, Cub and Boy Scouts, and a team mom of Brookfield American Little League. Ruth loved being a grandmother. She was generous with her time and attention and made sure her granddaughters always saw her face in the crowd, regardless of time or distance. She particularly loved having them all together in Lake Wisconsin every summer. She will always be loved and will be greatly missed.

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  1. Vivi and Harald Thoen condolence:

    Condolences from Norway. We had the pleasure of learning to know Ruth since many years. Our thoughts goes to John and the family. May she rest in peace. In FLT Vivi and Harald Thoen

  2. Sandra Carr condolence:

    My condolences to the family. Please be comforted by the Bibles promise of the resurrection. Acts 24:15, John 5:28,29.

  3. Vally and Hans, Denmark condolence:

    Our condolences to John and family.

    In FLT

    Vally and Hans

  4. The Bilcers condolence:

    We are so saddened for your loss. Thoughts to all the Mrizeks in the days as weeks ahead.

  5. Harold & Nancy Curfman condolence:

    Our sympathy to John and the Mirzek family. We have missed Ruth these many months as we have attended the several events of the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs.

  6. Gloria Hughes condolence:

    So very sorry for your loss, praying for all family members

  7. Loyd & Eleanor Kelly condolence:

    Our most heartfelt sympathy to John, Richard And Steve and their families. We share greatly in your loss.

  8. DeNelda Davis & Hazel Moore condolence:

    Our thoughts are with you, John and the boys during this time. Ruth will not only be missed by the three of you but the World of Odd Fellowship that served well for the many years! De

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