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Elizabeth Kutyla-Miner, incredibly loved wife, daughter, sister, niece, aunt and friend, died peacefully at her home with family at her side, on Monday morning, Dec. 21. Liz thrived in the limitless breadth and depth of love of her husband and family. Throughout her fierce six and a half year battle with ovarian cancer, she came to believe in celebrating life and the company of those she loved most. Liz was a remarkable woman. Liz graduated from The University of Chicago in 1984 and University of Chicago School of Law in 1987. She held positions at two major Chicago law firms before finding her true calling in 1994 as Associate General Counsel, then General Counsel of Barton Brands, a division of Constellation Brands, Inc. During her 14 year tenure at Barton Liz guided the company through many successful acquisitions. Liz took great pride in making sure the company "did the right thing", both in the corporate legal area, as well as corporate moral behavior. Liz was also a long-time member and board member of the University Club of Chicago. While a member, she was a strong supporter and generous sponsor of the Windy City Open. In 2006, at the age of 46, Liz retired from her successful 25 year legal career. For all who loved her including her husband, Scott Miner; her parents, Angela and John Kutyla; her siblings, Dora Gastevich (Vlad), Robert Kutyla (Missy), Len Kutyla (Cathy), Bernadette Peca (Dennis), and Aunt Anna Maria Pezanowski (Eddie), Liz's life long spirit exemplified her final spirit: Celebrate love and life, live each day as if it were worth living, close to those you love. A memorial celebration of Liz's life will be held at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 East Chestnut, Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Lizzy requested that donations be made to Northwestern Memorial Hospital to ensure progress in ovarian cancer research being performed by Dr. Diljeet Singh.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 3, 2010
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