MORTON – Margaret M. Makar, 92, of Morton, Ill., formerly of Sycamore, passed away and left this life peacefully at 7:10 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton, surrounded by those who loved her.|
Born June 15, 1921, in East Chicago, Ind., to John and Mary Pollack, she married Nicholas D. "Nick" Makar on Oct. 5, 1949, in East Chicago. From the time of their first meeting, she captivated his heart and they were married for 64 years. He preceded her in death on Dec. 18, 2013. She also was preceded in death by one son, Paul Makar, and three brothers.
After graduating from Roosevelt High School in East Chicago, Margaret attended Indiana University Extension in East Chicago, where she studied business. Margaret and Nick lived in Hammond, Ind., later moving to Taylorville and Decatur, Ill. During their many years in Morton, they were members of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Margaret worked for several years in the cashier's office at Sears in Peoria.
In the mid 1970s, Margaret, Nick and Paul moved to Sycamore. For 30 years, Margaret was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sycamore. Margaret particularly enjoyed working many years in the local hospital and in the Sycamore office of Dr. Abraham Lotan, where she had many friends. Margaret loved her job, finally retiring at the age of 79.
Margaret loved crossword puzzles, the Jumble and sports. She saw many sporting events of many types, often attending them with her son, Paul. This included a Dodgers game in Los Angeles, where she participated in doing "the wave," which made her laugh her wonderful laugh.
Margaret loved to cook and bake, particularly cabbage roll, nut roll, and best of all, chocolate angel food cake. She cooked many of her wonderful dishes from memory. Her family still has many of her recipes, but sadly, lacks her skill.
Margaret was a dedicated wife, mother and sister, who was known for her patient and cheerful demeanor. The light of her life was her granddaughter, Elizabeth. There was no such thing as adversity for Margaret, who took on every challenge without reservation. She was always optimistic, seeing the best in things and people. Margaret will be remembered for her charm, her laugh and her love.
Surviving are her son, Thomas Makar (Mary Cupp) of Huntington Beach, Calif.; daughter, Joan (Douglas) Rice of Morton; granddaughter, Elizabeth Rice of Morton; and sister, Mary Pearson of Rotonda West, Fla. Margaret also has an extended family of nieces and nephews, including those of her Slovakian-born mother's family in France.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 7, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton, with the Rev. Mark DeSutter celebrating. The visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Sycamore, with Deacon Lee Deatherage officiating.
In this richness of spirit, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Apostolic Christian Restmor or to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, both in Morton.
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnson.com.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Apr. 5, 2014