We are deeply saddened to share that on Saturday June 2nd, our dearly beloved mother, Dr. Shobha Deven Parikh passed away at the age of 73 (November 27, 1944 June 2, 2018).
She is reunited in love and spirit with her father Kanaiyalal Shah and mother Kapilaben Shah.
Mom was a real life super-hero. In ways that were not fully appreciated. She gave life, she helped others deliver life, and she saved lives. As an ER and Family Physician in Chicago mom treated well over 150,000 patients during the course of her career, which included positions at Mercy Hospital, Ravenswood Hospital, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Christ Memorial Hospital, and other Chicago area institutions.
What's more impressive is that she went to an English medical school when she didn't know the language. So she had to teach herself English and medicine simultaneously.
In 1981, mom opened up a clinic on Devon Ave. and for 37 years she treated the Indian community like they were a part of her family, not just her patients.
But that was a mere fraction of who she was.
In addition to caring for her husband, mother-in-law, and raising her children, mom worked extra jobs so she could sponsor her four brothers and sisters as well as her parents and helped bring them all to this great country. Mom was a devoted servant of God and the community. She was very spiritual and would often recite Gujarati bhajans and Sanskrit slokas from memory.
Over the past 40 years, mom hosted hundreds of spiritual events for the Indian community, was an active part of many area cultural organizations (including Gujarati Samaj and Swadhyay), supported area senior centers, and generously donated to charity.
Mom liked to draw, loved to cook, and was a big Julia Roberts fan. She especially loved spending time with her two amazing grandchildren, Riya and Sarina. They were the great joy of her life. Over the past 15 years, mom warmly welcomed a son-in-law, Thomas Cheriyan, and daughter-in-law, Nancy To, into the family.
Mom was our rock. She was a beautiful, strong, smart, loving, caring human being who celebrated her 46th marriage anniversary on May 21st. Mom gave more than she got. She deserved better than life gave her, yet never complained. But that is true of all superheroes.
Mom is survived, with love and gratitude, by her husband, Deven Parikh; children, Parul Cheriyan, Dr. Rupak Parikh, Parag Parikh, Dr. Roshan Shah; grandchildren, Riya and Sarina Cheriyan; mother-in-law, Dhangauriben Parikh; siblings, Prabodh Shah, Dilip Shah, Dr. Pankaj Shah, Nikunj Talati; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law; extended family, and friends.
We love you mom. We miss you. We will never forget you. Thank you for everything. Jai Shree Krishna.
Published in Chicago Tribune from Jun. 14 to Jun. 24, 2018.