Anne Silvia Broggi (nee Prazak), a resident of Brookfield since 1922, died Dec. 31, 2013 — her 97th birthday.
Ms. Broggi was born Dec. 31, 1916 in Chicago. According to her great-granddaughter, Kristin Robinson, who wrote about Ms. Broggi in the 1994 publication Brookfield, Illinois: A History, the Prazak family moved to Brookfield’s south end in 1922 and she attended Lincoln School.
Her father was a butcher and owner of a grocery store at the corner of Park and Ogden avenues. She studied to be a beautician and married John Broggi on Nov. 7, 1934. The couple settled in the 4200 block of Park Avenue.
In 1947, John and Anne Broggi opened Broggi’s Garden Spot next door to her father’s grocery store. They later moved the garden store across the street, living upstairs of the business.
The couple operated the store for 30 years until they retired in 1977. Ms. Broggi and her husband traveled frequently to Florida, where they played golf and relaxed. Ms. Broggi was an avid golfer and a former member of the Riverside Golf Club. During her golfing years, she shot three holes in one.
She was also a member of St. Barbara Church and its Seniors Club. According to family members, Ms. Broggi had a wicked sense of humor and enjoyed sewing, gardening, walking around town and was an avid supporter of Brookfield Little League.
Ms. Broggi was preceded in death by her husband, John; her sister, Julia (Edward) Kust; and her brother, John Prazak.
She is survived by her daughter, Joanne (John) Glover; her son, Michael (Patricia) Broggi; her grandchildren, Michael (Michelle) Glover, Josie (Brian) Robinson, Jennifer (Cory) Ferrell and Robert (Amanda) Broggi; her great-grandchildren, Kristin, Cole, Stephanie, Ian, Stacy, Nina, Jeremy and Emma; her step-grandson, Donald Creech; her nephews, Ed Kust and John Kust; and many other nieces and nephews.
The family also thanked the staff at Alden Estates in Naperville for their excellent care of Ms. Broggi.
Services have been held. Interment was at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside.
Memorial donations are appreciated to the Children’s Research Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 205 Clarendon Hills, Ill. 60514.
Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.