Eileen Glidewell, 87, died peacefully on July 18, 2018 at Plymouth Place in LaGrange Park.
Born on Sept. 3, 1930 to Anna and Emil Melka, she grew up on the South Side of Chicago and graduated from Lindblom High School in 1948. Trained as a lab technician, Eileen enjoyed working in a research lab at Cook County Hospital.
In 1954, she married Warren Glidewell, whose father owned Glidewell’s Pharmacy on 63rd Street. She was blessed with many talents and was interested in science and an entrepreneur, owning an art store from 1985 to 1995.
She was an expert knitter and taught sewing in a Bernina store. Ms. Glidewell loved to make her home beautiful, especially at Christmas. Her gardens were often dazzling, admired by many in the neighborhood.
Ms. Glidewell was active in the PTA and was president in the early 1970s. She served as an election judge during the1970s and 1980s. After moving to LaGrange Park in 1986, she joined St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church where she was an active member and worked tirelessly, particularly for the Garden Committee.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren; her sister, Rita; her parents; and many cherished dogs. She is survived by her children, Jim Glidewell (Laurie), Eileen Gorman (Dennis) and Keith Glidewell (Julia), and her grandchildren, Alex Glidewell, Tanya Blossom, Carson Glidewell, Kevin Tram, Matt Glidewell and Todd Glidewell.
A memorial service is planned for early September. Interment was private.
The family appreciates memorials to PAWS Chicago, 1997 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, 60614.
Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.