Virginia Louise Mazanek

Virginia Mazanek

Mazanek, Virginia Louise, age 96 — Passed away peacefully in Lisle IL on January 10, 2023. Beloved wife of the late Leonard Mazanek. Beloved mother of Leonard (Susan) Mazanek of Lisle IL. Adored grandmother of Scott Mazanek and Kristen (Dan) Karpierz of Lisle IL. Great Grandmother of Chloe Maria and Mia Virginia Karpierz. Loving sister of the late Ralph Haffer, sister-in-law of Arlene Watkins and Aunt of the late Kari Fencl. She is survived by a large extended family.

Born July 26, 1926 in Chicago IL to George and Alice (Turck) Haffer. She grew up in Chicago, IL working in telephone communications. She retired from Loyola Medical Center as the head of the internal communications department.

Her childhood was spent in Chicago and her grandfather’s farm in Saukville, Wisconsin. She graduated from Farragut High School in Chicago, IL. She met her husband in a family owned tavern in Chicago. They were married on February 16, 1946 at Grace Lutheran Church in Chicago. They started married life and their family in Cicero IL eventually buying their first and only home in Westchester. She moved to Lisle with Len, Susan, Scott and Kristen in 2000. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren kept her going. She loved them all so dearly including her great granddog Bear.

She loved to travel (cruising) many times with her cousin Loretta (Haffer) Murphy. Virginia enjoyed sewing and she was always working on a needle work project.

Giving of her time and talents was very important to Virginia. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillside IL for over 65 years. Most recently helping with their monthly Food Pantry as long as they had a sit-down job for her.

Virginia will lie in state at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2317 South Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162 on Saturday, February 18, 2023 from 10 A.M. to time of Funeral Service and a Celebration of her Life 11 A.M.

Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Forest Park.

Memorials appreciated to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Arrangements entrusted to Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.

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  1. Carol Northcutt condolence:

    I will miss Virginia during our talks during coffee hour after church. During baseball season we often talked about the Chicago Cubs. She watched every game. I consider the Mazanek’s as my extended family and Virginia as my grandmother. She will be missed by everyone. She now celebrates with all her family who passed before her in heaven. What a happy reunion that will be!

  2. Rosemary & Ernie Wasilevich condolence:

    We are so sorry for your loss of your wonderful Mother & Grandmother.
    She was a delightful lovely lady.
    Our love ❤️ and prayers are with you and your whole family.

  3. John and Linda Pecora condolence:

    There isn’t a time that we can remember when Virginia was not at a family get together. She was always there to greet you and get updated on what was happening in your life. She loved her grandchildren immensely. Always sweet and she will be greatly missedYour family is in our thoughts and prayers

  4. Porzel Rita & Paul condolence:

    Dear Mazanek family,
    We spent a lot of time with Virginia since Paul and Len met in college. Their architecture group was always welcome at her home. Virginia
    was always concerned for people, always patient and wasn’t one to interfere with how you got a job done. Her love for her family always showed and made everyone’s life better. We were so glad to find out that she got to meet her second grandchild. She was always ready for another cruise to explore and adventure. A good life had and a good life led.

  5. Charity Jones condolence:

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom and grandmother. I hope your many years of wonderful memories will be a comfort in the days and weeks ahead.

  6. Carol Arnold condolence:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies.

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