My darling mother-in-law, the witty, beguiling and wonderful Mary Zielinski, passed away early on the morning of December 26th at the age of 88. Mary is one of the Greatest Generation – a woman born to immigrant Greek parents who overcame the Great Depression, graduated from college, established herself as a professional woman in the late 1940’s, married a doctor serving in Patton’s Army, lived in post-war Europe during the Occupation, and returned to the Southside of Chicago to raise her family.
I am eternally grateful that Mary and her late husband, the brilliant, passionate and challenging Victor Zielinski, welcomed me into their family and allowed me to share in their rich family traditions, including the rituals of the Greek Orthodox Church, their neighborhood of Beverly, and the fellowship of their “pareia.”
I’m a lucky man, indeed, to have had the good fortune of being Mary Zielinski’s son-in-law.
For those of you who knew Mary, here is the obituary that will appear in The Chicago Tribune on Monday and Tuesday, December 27 and 28, 2010.
Mary Zielinski (nee Kamberos) beloved wife of the late Victor.
Loving mother of John, Christine (Jon) Noffsinger, Victoria (Paul) Barrosse and Anne (Keith) Schaible.
Cherished grandmother of Matthew, Michael and Peter Schaible, Maura Murphy-Barrosse, Emilia and Evangeline Barrosse, and Rebecca and Zachary Noffsinger.
Dear sister of the late Helen (the late Ken) Cooney, Mary D. (the late Constantine) Kamberos, Irene (the late Emil) Simich and Constance Kamberos.
Mary was a loving aunt, great aunt and friend to many.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Brady Gill Funeral Home (Heeney-Laughlin Directors) 2929 W. 87th St. Evergreen Park. Trisagion Service at 7pm. 708-636-5500
Funeral Service Wednesday 10am at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church 10301 S. Kolmar Ave. Oak Lawn, IL 60453.
Interment Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Endowment Fund are most appreciated.