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Mildred C. Lipinski

April 6, 1917 July 16, 2013
Mildred C. Lipinski
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Mildred C. Lipinski nee Kras, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the age of 96.
    Mildred was the beloved wife of the late Edward Lipinski; loving mother of Martin (Linda), Edward (JoanE) and Michael; devoted grandmother of Matthew (Susannah), Damon (Pam) and Stacza (Luke); cherished great grandmother of Mila, Szczesny, Casimir, Dode, Cydney and Bialy; dear sister of Stanley (Dolly) Kras and loving aunt and friend to many. She was preceded in death by her sister Josephine Bochinski and her brothers Joseph, Edward, Frank, Casimir and John Kras.
    Born in Chicago to Joseph and Caroline Kras, Mildred moved to Cicero in 1922 when she was five years old. She began her lifelong commitment to community service by volunteering at her sons' schools and serving as Woodbine PTA president. From those beginnings, she moved on to active service in such organizations as South Cicero Baseball Organization and the Berwyn-Cicero Council on Aging.
    Professionally, Mildred began studying interior design while her sons were in school and after receiving her license as an interior decorator, she worked for John M. Smythe and later Goldblatts.  She moved on to serve for many years as assistant supervisor of the homestead division of the Cook County Assessor's Office.
    Always interested in ways to better her community, Mildred began her political career in 1981 at the age of 64 when she was elected as a Commissioner of the Hawthorne Park District. She was elected five times (1981-2007) and held the board presidency for ten years from 1997-2007 when she retired at the age of 90.  During her tenure, she achieved improvements in district management and expanded programs for youth and seniors including Millie's Den for senior citizens in the Hawthorne Community Center, Safety Town for children, and securing funding and support for the district's first soccer field.
    For her outstanding career of service to the Hawthorne community and the town, 29th Place between Laramie Avenue and 53rd Avenue, which appropriately borders the Hawthorne Park District field house and grounds, was designated "Honorary Mildred Lipinski Parkway" in fitting recognition of her dedication to her neighbors and her fellow citizens.
    She was an inspiration to us all.  Her commitment to family, friends and her community knew no bounds.  Over her long life, she always looked forward and loved learning new things, visiting new places, and reaching out to others.  To have lived such a productive life and touched so many through her vision of how to make the world around her better, she will remain a model for all who knew her and those future generations who will benefit from the programs she helped create.
    In lieu of sending flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
    Funeral Friday July 19th 9:30 a.m. from Suburban Family Funeral Home.  Funeral mass St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, mass 10:00 a.m.  Interment Resurrection Cemetery.  Visitation Thursday 3 to 9 p.m.    708-652-1116

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