Marie Lewandowski

Marie B. Lewandowski (nee Sladek), 94, of Naperville and formerly of Brookfield, died Sept. 3, 2022.

Ms. Lewandowski was born on Dec. 9, 1927, to the late John and Olga Sladek (nee Hipsman). She was a tenacious woman with a great sense of humor and was passionate about her parish, St. Barbara Catholic Church and her community within the church, including St. Barbara Council of Catholic Women (CCW), St. Barbara Senior Citizens and numerous wonderful friends. She worked as a buyer for Sears.

An avid volunteer, she often split her time being a Sears Retirees volunteer, a Brookfield Zoo volunteer guest guide and entertaining her grandchildren. Free time was spent with the Mitre Club, American Sokol Organization, Czech Catholic Union and Royal Neighbors. 

She enjoyed “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy,” very long walks and cheese balls. Ms. Lewandowski loved to travel, visiting family and numerous locations in the U.S., Cuba, Bermuda, Ireland, Scotland, the Czech Republic and Germany. She and her husband, Alfred, visited Jamaica and Hawaii. She’ll be sorely missed by so many who knew her as a strong, joyful woman, who loved tradition and family.

Ms. Lewandowski was the wife of the late Alfred M. Lewandowski; the step-mother of Sandra (Thomas) Burrell and Dennis Lewandowski; the grandmother of David (Kelly) Burrell, Dwayne (Julie) Burrell, Christopher (Julie) Lewandowski, Diana (Brian) Silhan and Alysa (Jose) Medina; the great-grandmother of Caitlyn, Nicholas and Matthew Burrell, Abigail and Christopher Jr. Lewandowski, Zachary, Ashley and Ryan Burrell, Nathaniel and Olivia Silhan, and Antonio Medina; the sister of John (the late Anne) Sladek; and the aunt of Jack (Kandy) Sladek and Carol (Dan) Richards.

Visitation is on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday, Sept. 9 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St., Brookfield. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. at St. Barbara Church, 4008 Prairie Ave., Brookfield. Interment is at St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations appreciated to: St. Barbara Catholic Church 4008 Prairie Ave., Brookfield, 60513

Send sympathy cards to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St., Brookfield, 60513, c/o Marie B. Lewandowski family.