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Diana Migala


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Diana Migala Obituary
Diana Maria Migala, born May 11, 1946 in Krakow, Poland, died February 20, 2014 at Rush Horizon Hospice in Chicago after a long illness. She immigrated to the United States with her parents, Joseph and Slawa Migala, in October of 1947. Her family settled in Chicago where she was graduated from Lafayette Public School and Holy Family Academy. She received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Speech and Theater. As a teenager, she was active in Polish-American Community Theater. She was a Polish Girl Scout and later, a Brownie Troop Leader for the Polish Scouting Organization of Illinois and was very active in the Polish-American Community. She studied voice with Alice Stephens at the Chicago Conservatory College and the American Conservatory in Chicago. She was one of the original Lira Singers which later grew into the Lira Ensemble, a symphony orchestra, singers and dancers specializing in Polish music song and dance. She sang as an alto with Lira for 15 years and was the first assistant manager of the troop. She joined family members in creating Radio Halls-Royale Inn Catering where she served as manager and caterer. She became a travel agent and later CEO of Europe Travel Bureau in Chicago. Diana also started Come Along Travel, Inc. in Chicago. She became an avid traveler, visiting nearly all the world. In 1979, with her family, she founded WCEZ Radio 1450 AM, one of Chicagoland's major ethnic radio stations as Vice President and Business Manager. Among her other duties, she was on-air host of the call-in talk show, Just Between Us. She served as guest director of the Second City Children Theater and as a theater critic for Ethnic Television Channel, ETC-TV, Channel 25. She is survived by her mother, Slawa Migala, widow of Joseph Migala; four siblings, Barbara Holtzinger, Lucyna Migala (wife of Frank A. Cizon, Ph.D.), George Migala (husband of Grazyna Migala) and Krista Dinges; one niece; three nephew; one grand niece; and five grand nephews. A brief memorial service will be held at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 6250 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago On Wednesday, February 26 at 7 p.m. No flowers please. Instead, a donation to the Polish Scouting Organization of Illinois would be appreciated, 6434 W. Belmont, Chicago 60634.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Feb. 24, 2014
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