Violet Ratkovich

Violet Ratkovich (nee Novacek), 97, of Brookfield died peacefully Dec. 2, 2022 surrounded by her family.

She was born May 13, 1925 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Chicago to Emil and Emily (nee Svornik) Novacek. Both her parents were born in Czechoslovakia and taught Violet to speak Czech and honor her heritage.

Ms. Ratkovich went to Eli Whitney Elementary School and graduated from Farragut High School in 1943. She met her husband, Peter, also a graduate of Farragut, in the neighborhood and were married after he returned from serving in World War II on June 8, 1946. 

It was a wonderful marriage that lasted 67 years. They had one daughter, Pamela. After high school Ms. Ratkovich worked at Western Electric in the office, married and moved to Brookfield where she lived for 75 years.

Ms. Ratkovich loved and enjoyed music, playing the piano, concertina and singing with the Mother Singers. She worked as a hostess, joined the PTA, band parents, was a scout leader and joined Golden Agers later in life. She and Peter enjoyed the Moose Lodge, VFW, dancing, playing cards, bowling and being members of the Young at Heart club. They loved to travel with family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Pamela (Robert) Cherry; two grandchildren, Allison (Justin) Cook and Brent (Lisa) Cherry; four great-grandchildren, Dawson Cherry, Madison Cherry, Kennedy Cherry and Mason Cook. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter, and parents.

Services have been held. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Forest Park.

Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.

Send sympathy or Mass cards to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St., Brookfield, 60513, c/o Violet Ratkovich family.