Sylvia Dolores Malicki, 97, of Darien, died on Nov. 20, 2018. 

Born on Feb. 23, 1921, she was the daughter of Polish immigrants and one of 10 children in the family. She began her work doing small jobs in local shops, then landed a clerical position in a downtown office. 

She devoted nearly 40 years of her life to one company, Chicago Extruded Metals, rising steadily to the highest administrative position in the executive suite.

Later, her retirement freed her to focus on an aspect of her life begun many years before, the informal mentoring of those friends and family younger than she. Always accessible and approachable, her advice and guidance were available to any who asked; many did so, always to their benefit. 

Outside her family, Sylvia found joy and purpose in volunteer work, again choosing to focus on working with children in Broadview and Darien as a classroom aide.

Although her formal education ended with high school graduation, her interests were unrestricted in scope. She studied French and Japanese, the arts of fencing and tai-chi, French Impressionism and Egyptology, the lives of Churchill and Lincoln, medieval art and the language of flowers. There was almost nothing in which she was uninterested, and she loved sharing what she’d learned.

The love she dispensed never ebbed, even in her last days. In typical fashion, she continually urged her visitors not to fret over her and to take good care of themselves. 

Ms. Malicki was predeceased by her parents, Joseph Malicki and Apolonia Malicki (nee Wielondek) and her siblings, Alfred (Mary Jane) Malicki, Monica (Joseph) Voldan, Hillard (Virginia, Helen) Malicki, Helen (Charles) Purcell, Elinor (Carl) Whiting, Chester (Dorothy) Malicki, Richard (Florence) Malicki, Marvin (Claudia) Malicki and Donald (Marilynne) Malicki. She leaves 22 nieces and nephews and many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. 

A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 10 at St. Louise de Marillac Church, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Road, Wilton, New Hampshire, 03086 or the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, 60532. 

Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.