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Dorothy Drzal

June 6, 1928 ~ May 20, 2018 (age 89)
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Dorothy Josephine Stercay Drzal was born on June 6, 1928.  She was the fifth of seven children born to Maria and Samuel Stercay.  The children, Genevieve, Donna, Arthur, George, Dorothy, Helen and Richard all grew up and lived within 50 miles of Lyons, Il for most of their lives.  These 7 children raised 35 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.  The family gathered for many holidays sharing food, laughter and playing softball together.

 Dorothy graduated from St. Hugh’s grade school and graduated from Morton East High School.  During high school she worked at the candy counter of a department store and after high school worked as a secretary for Western Electric.  It was there that she met Edward John Drzal and they married on July 16,1949 at St. Hugh’s Catholic church.  She remembers the pain of losing a house to the depression when she was a young child.  She really enjoyed attending Cub’s games at Cub’s Park with her Dad.

 Dorothy and Ed raised 5 children: Edward, Kenneth, Carol, Patricia and Maureen.  They also loved and cherished their 11 grandchildren.  They built their home in Stickney in 1955 and Dorothy spent the rest of her life there.  She was a faithful member of St. Pius X church in Stickney since 1955.  She attended mass daily for more than 30 years; she was a member of the choir for at least that long.   She served as president, secretary, treasurer and member of the Altar & Rosary Society for St. Pius X Church.  She also volunteered as a secretary for St. Puis X School.

She was a loving, nurturing Mom.  She loved to cook and bake.  She was a Brownie and Girl Scout Troop leader.  Her home was always welcome to family, friends and visitors and she hosted all of the Holidays for my Dad’s family.  She loved gardening and travelling.  Hawaii was her favorite place and she traveled to Door County with her daughters for over 25 years for vacation.  She loved playing cards, watching movies, including horror movies and lovingly caring for her family.   She also loved many cats and dogs as her family pets.  She is deeply loved and will be greatly remembered by all of us.

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