Jadwiga Kozaczka Obituary
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Jadwiga (Beniak) Kozaczka

February 5, 1949 - December 31, 2012
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Jadwiga Kozaczka, nee Beniak, age 63, wife of Kazimierz Kozaczka, loving mother of Roman, Tomasz, Aleksander, Ania Valente, Szymon, Malgorzata Rivera, Zygmunt, Katarzyna Kozaczka-Wells, and Irena Kozaczka; cherished grandmother of 14. Visitation Friday, January 4, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 5015 Lincoln Ave, Lisle (on Rt. 53, 1/2 mile south of Ogden Ave. / Rt. 34) where funeral services will begin Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 10:30 am and proceed to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Mass 11:15 am. Interment Lisle Cemetery. For additional information, call the funeral home at 630-964-9392. If...
Jadwiga Kozaczka, nee Beniak, age 63, wife of Kazimierz Kozaczka, loving mother of Roman, Tomasz, Aleksander, Ania Valente, Szymon, Malgorzata Rivera, Zygmunt, Katarzyna Kozaczka-Wells, and Irena Kozaczka; cherished grandmother of 14. Visitation Friday, January 4, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 5015 Lincoln Ave, Lisle (on Rt. 53, 1/2 mile south of Ogden Ave. / Rt. 34) where funeral services will begin Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 10:30 am and proceed to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Mass 11:15 am. Interment Lisle Cemetery. For additional information, call the funeral home at 630-964-9392.


If there was ever a person who wanted to heal all the wrongs in the world, it was our Mom, Jadwiga Kozaczka. She was an idealist who sought to bring harmony to those around her. Even though Mom was enthusiastic and generous, it was sometimes difficult for her to boast about her accomplishments. Mom had strong personal convictions, making it hard for her to relinquish those ideals she held dearest to herself. Despite her outer strengths and beliefs, Mom sometimes struggled in her efforts to see the world as completely positive. Mom's life motto was always to hope for the best and work hard towards that end, but be prepared for some of life's disappointments. This philosophy was a continual driving force in her life, but it did not extinguish the bright light that defined the dreamer in Mom, something that was always there and that she readily shared with everyone around her.

Her parents were Kazimierz and Anna Beniak. Mom was raised in Poland. As a youngster, Mom demonstrated an excellent vocabulary and command of language. She was a compassionate person, a quality that she would carry with her throughout her life.

Throughout her life, Mom showed a remarkable ability to mend relationships. This was true even with her siblings. Mom was caring, diplomatic and tolerant of the feelings of those around her. She was raised with Ten siblings. Eight Brothers Wladek, Mietek, Staszek, Jan, Antek, Ryszek, Zdziszek and Tadek and Two Sisters Marysia and Roma.

As a young girl, Mom was generally in pursuit of her own identity, but she was also adaptable to almost any situation she faced. In her spare time she liked to read books, as many as she could.

High school was a time for Mom to seek out knowledge. She enjoyed learning and had a natural interest in gathering information. She had a flair for the poetic and was very expressive and articulate, especially when it came to her writing. Jadwiga took her education seriously. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

Mom cared deeply for our father, Kazimierz. Her loyalty and a strong commitment to her vows brought a sense of completeness to their marriage.

Our Mom was a gentle person who held deep feelings for her children. She enjoyed having fun with her kids and was at times fiercely protective of them. She showed great empathy in her willingness to give every family member a voice in family decisions. She was blessed with Nine children, Roman, Tomasz, Aleksander, Anna, Szymon, Malgorzata, Zygmunt, Katarzyna and Irena. They were also blessed with Fourteen Grandchildren, Michal, Mirela, Aleksandra, Julia, Christopher, Adrian, Marcelina, Elizabeth, Matthew, Sebastian, Daniel, Oliver, Gabriela and Nicola.

Blessed with a strong sense of integrity, Mom was as loyal and committed in her work as she was in the rest of her life. Her primary occupation was a homemaker. She was employed for 2 years at a city ofice in Boleslaw, Poland.

Mom enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were attending church and reading variety of books. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but she was also willing to share her interests with others.

Mom took all of her personal and moral obligations seriously. She was a strong defender of her faith. She was a member of St. Wojciech the Bishop and Martyr in Boleslaw, Poland for many years, after which she has attendet mass at Saint Joan of Arc.

Taking trips provided the chance for her to kick back and relax, to visit new places and see new things. Favorite vacations included Florida, relaxing at the beach by Michigan lake, and staying home alone and reading books.

Mom was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Mom's favorites was Bari the German Shepherd. They were best friends for 8 years.

Her new life involved relocating to United States and enjoying life with grandchildren. In retirement, she found new pleasure in attending church, reading books and tending to a small garden. Even in retirement, Mom continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered her.

Our Mom passed away on December 31, 2012 at Good Samarithan Hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois. Her Death was sudden and unexpected. She is survived by her children Roman, Tomasz, Aleksander, Anna, Szymon, Malgorzata, Zygmunt, Katarzyna and Iren; her Grandchildren Michal, Mirela, Aleksandra, Julia, Christopher, Adrian, Elizabeth, Matthew, Sebastian, Daniel, Aleksander, Gabriela and Nicola; her sister Roma and Brothers Ian and Antek; Her Husban Kazimierz. Mom was laid to rest in The Lisle Cementary in Lisle, Illinois.

Our Mom, Jadwiga Kozaczka was someone who was able to see the world as a good and honorable place. She viewed the people who inhabited it as essentially good. A person who tended to see the world in terms of black and white, Mom tried to focus on the good she saw, knowing that there were times she would have to compromise. She was selfless and deeply committed to all things positive and good. Mom was a person who would keep her eye on today and was always happy for what she had.. She was capable of being mystical at times. She had exceptional insight and quiet reserve and that became Mom's trademark qualities for all who knew her, and it was one of the many reasons why all who knew her loved her.





Jesli kiedykolwiek byla osoba, która chcialaby uleczyc wszelkie zlo na swiecie, to byla nasza mama, Jadwiga Kozaczka. Byla idealistkom, która staral sie doprowadzic harmonie tych wokól niej. Nasza mama byla entuzjastyczna i wielkoduszn, ale nie chciala sie chwalic swoimi osiagnieciami. Mama miala silne osobiste przekonania, ktore utrudnialy jej porzucic idealy najdrozsze jej serca. Pomimo jej zewnetrznych sil i wierzen, mama czasami walczyla ze sobom, zeby zobaczyc swiat z calkowicie pozytywnej strony. Mamy motto zycia zawsze bylo miec nadzieje na najlepsze i ciezko pracowac w tym kierunku, ale by bych przygotwanym na niektóre z rozczarowan zyciowych. Filozofia ta byla ciagla sila napedowa w zyciu, ale to nie gasio jasnego swiatla, które prowadzilo mamie wciagu zycia.

Jej rodzicami byli Kazimierz i Anna Beniak. Mama wychowala sie w Polsce. Mama byla doskonalom studentkom, jej opanowanie polskiej literatury i innych przedmiotow, napawalo ja silom.

Przez cale zycie, mama wykazala niezwykla zdolnosc do zachowania spokoju. To byla prawda, nawet z rodzenstwem. Mama byla opiekuncza, dyplomatycznya i tolerancyjna na uczucia ludzi wokól niej. Wychowala sie z dziesiecioma rodzenstwa. Osiem bracia Wladek, Mietek, Staszek, Jan, Antek, Ryszek, Zdziszek i Tadek i dwie siostry Marysia i Roma.

Jako mloda dziewczyna, mama byla na ogól w poszukiwaniu wlasnej tozsamosci, ale probowala sie dostosowac do niemal kazdej sytuacji. W wolnym czasie lubia czytac ksiazki, tak wiele, jak tylko mogla.

Liceum to czas dla mamy do poszukiwania wiedzy. Lubila nauke i mial naturalny interes w gromadzeniu informacji. Miala talent do poezji i byl bardzo wyrazista i elokwentna, zwlaszcza gdy doszlo do jej pisania. Mama brala nauke powaznie. Lubila kilka kursów wiecej niz innych.

Mama kochala naszego ojca, Kazimierza. Jej lojalnosc i silne zaangazowanie na sluby przyniósly poczucie kompletnosci do ich malzenstwa.

Nasza mama byla kochajacom soboban, swoje dzieci kochala z calych sil.. Lubila sie bawic z nami i byla zasze zaciekle ochronnya. Pokazala wielka empatie w jej checi zapewnienia kazdego dziecka glos w podejmowaniu decyzji rodzinnych. Byla obdarzona dziewieciorga dzieci, Roman, Tomasz, Aleksander, Anna, Szymon, Malgorzata Zygmunt, Katarzyna i Irena. Byly one równiez obdarzony Czternastu wnuków, Michal, Mirela, Aleksandra, Julia, Christopher, Adrian, Marcelina, Elizabeth, Mateusz, Sebastian, Daniel, Oliver, Gabriela i Nicola.

Obdarzona silnym poczuciem uczciwosci, mama byla tak lojalna i zaangazowani w swoja prace, jak byla w reszte swojego zycia. Jej glównym zajeciem bylo zajmowanie sie domem, ale takze byla zatrudniona na okres dwoch lat w gminie miasta w Boleslaw, Polska.

Mama byla bardzo zadowolna z jej wolnego czasu, zawsze probowala znalesc cos do spelnienia czasu. Jej ulubione zajecie byly chodzenie do kosciola i czytanie róznych ksiazek.

Mama zawsze brala wszystkie jej zobowiazania osobiste i moralne powaznie. Byla silnom obronca jej wiary. Byla czlonkiem Swietego Wojciecha Biskupa i Meczennika w Boleslawa, Polska od wielu lat, po których mama chodzila do kosciola w Saint Joan of Arc Lisle, Illinois

Wyjazdy dawaly dla niej szanse na odpoczynek i relaks, aby odwiedzic nowe miejsca i zobaczyc nowe rzeczy. Ulubione wakacje wliczone Florida, relaks na plazy przy jezioze Michigan i zostawanie w domu sama i czytanie ksiazki.

Mama byla milosniczka zwierzat i cenila zwierzeta. Jedna z ulubionych byl Bari owczarek niemiecki. Byli najlepszymi przyjaciólmi przez 8 lat.

Jej nowe zycie zaczelo sie od przeprowadzki do Stanów Zjednoczonych i cieszyc sie zyciem z wnukami. Na emeryturze, znalazla nowa przyjemnosc chodzenie do kosciola, czytanie ksiazek i obchodzeniu sie malym ogrodkiem. Nawet na emeryturze, mama nadal pozostala w kontakcie ze swoimi starymi przyjaciólmi, a jednoczesnie zalaczyla mnóstwo nowych znajomych.

Nasza mama zmarla w dniu 31 grudnia 2012 w szpitalu Good Samarithan w Downers Grove, Illinois. Jej smierc byla nagla i niespodziewana. Zostala przezyta przez swoje dzieci Roman, Tomasz, Aleksander, Anna, Szymon, Malgorzata Zygmunt, Katarzyna i Iren; wnuki Michal, Mirela, Aleksandra, Julia, Christopher, Adrian, Elizabeth, Mateusz, Sebastian, Daniel, Aleksandra, Gabriela i Nicola, siostra Roma i Bracia Ian i Antek, takze jej maz Kazimierz. Mama zostala pochowana w The Lisle Cementary w Lisle, Illinois.

Nasza Mama, Jadwiga Kozaczka byla osobom, ktora byla w stanie zobaczyc swiat jako miejsce dobre i honorowe. Mama patrzyla na ludzi, którzy zamieszkiwajom swiat jako zasadniczo dobrych. Byla osobom, która postrzega swiat w kategori czerni i bieli, Mama próbowala skupic sie na dobrym, ale wiedzala, ze czasami musiala isc na kompromis. Ona byla gleboko zaangazowana do wszystkich rzeczy pozytywych i dobrych. Mama byla osoba, która myslala o dniu dzisjejszym i zawsze byla szczesliwa z tym co miala. Miala wyjatkowy wglad i spokojna rezerwe, Wszyscy co ja znali kochali ja.

"I'm sorry for your loss." Mark Hack (Dyer, IN)

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