Ruth Ann Mrizek (nee Livesey), 76, of Brookfield, died on Dec. 2, 2018. Born on May 27, 1942, in Madison, Wisconsin, she moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee with her family at the age of 2 for her father’s work on the Manhattan Project, then to Hinsdale where she graduated from Hinsdale Central High School.
Ms. Mrizek graduated from Mt. Sinai Hospital Nursing School in Chicago and worked as a registered nurse for over 25 years at Mount Sinai Hospital and at La Grange Memorial Hospital.
She was a longtime member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, serving in a variety of leadership positions for Palacky Lodge #630 and Cicero Rebekah Lodge #44. Ms. Mrizek was also active at the state level, serving as grand matriarch of the Grand Ladies Encampment Auxiliary of Illinois and grand scribe for over 30 years.
She was involved in numerous programs with the Odd Fellows over the years but was extremely proud of her work with the Autistic Project. Her lifelong involvement with the Odd Fellows gave her the opportunity to travel throughout the country and the world with her husband.
Ms. Mrizek was an active member of the Congress Park PTA, Cub and Boy Scouts, and a team mom of Brookfield American Little League. She will always be loved and will be greatly missed.
She was the wife of John R. Mrizek; the mother of Richard Mrizek and Stephen (Brandi) Mrizek; the grandmother of Zetta, Mira, Evelyn, Magdalyn and Addison; the sister of the late Harry, Robert, Donald and John Livesey; and the aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Services and interment at the Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago have been held.
The family appreciates memorials to the Palacky Odd Fellows Lodge Kids R Essential Program, 9234 Broadway Ave., Brookfield, 60513.