Dr. Peter P. Mach

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Dr. Peter P. Mach, D.C., N.D., A.C., 91, of Kankakee, died on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. Peter Paul Mach was born on June 29, 1921 in East Chicago, IN, the son of Frank and Evelyn Szajek Mach. He attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1939. He worked during World War II in various Calumet Area steel mills and oil refineries. During this time, he studied at American Technical School and Purdue University, receiving a degree in Business Management. In 1945, he attended National Chiropractic College in Chicago (now Lombard), IL graduating in May 1949 summa cum laude. He passed the board exams of Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana, obtaining one of the first chiropractic licenses granted in Indiana. He practiced in East Chicago, IN, Gary, IN, and Chicago, IL. In early 1952, Dr. Mach took over Dr. Justens' practice in Momence. To accommodate the flourishing practice, a custom built office was opened in Momence in 1964 with a satellite office at his home on the west side of Kankakee. Throughout his career he also received certificates and degrees in naturopathy, physical therapy, acupuncture, nutrition, homeopathy, reflexology, iridology, biomagnetism, radionics, and light therapy. He continued to hold licenses in the state of Illinois and Indiana until his retirement in 2006. Dr. Mach served from 1957 to 1958 as general secretary of the Chiropractic Biophysic Research Organization. He also served as president of the Illinois Chiropractic Society's Central Region and Kankakee Toastmasters. He was an active member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Kankakee, serving as lector, usher, and member of the advisory board. He married Rita Soucie Bishir in 1959, and in 1961 they were blessed with a son, Michael; and two years later, a daughter, Michele. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael Mach and Lynne Park of Wheaton; daughter and son-in-law, Michele Mach and Steven Anderson of Chicago; two brothers and three sisters-in-law: Eugene and Gabriella Mack of Munster, IN, Frank and Elaine Mack of Tucson, AZ, and Olive Soucie of Bradley, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rita; and sister, Loretta Michalek. Visitation and funeral services were held October 10, 2012 at the Cotter Funeral Home, Momence, IL. Inurnment was in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, Momence. Contributions may be made to the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL. Please sign his online guestbook at cotterfh.com.

Published in The Times on Oct. 21, 2012
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