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Mary Genevieve Simmons

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Mary Genevieve Simmons, "Gen", (nee Vrdolyak), age 93, late of the East Side and formerly of South Chicago passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Gen was known for her quick wit and competitive spirit. Whether she was running a law office, working on a political campaign or playing a scrabble game, she never backed down from a challenge. In her later years, armed with steely determination, a glass of CC and a few rolls of quarters, she took on the casinos and played them to a draw! Gen traveled the world with her family and friends including visits to Croatia, her ancestral homeland. In honor of Gen's memory, spend time with family and friends and live life to the fullest! Beloved wife of the late Henry R. Simmons, Sr. Loving mother of Cyndee (Honorable Peter Vilkelis) Simmons, Honorable Henry R. (Beth) Simmons, Jr. (RET.) and Dr. Gayle (Raymond Ziolkowski) Simmons. Devoted grandmother of Kylie Ziolkowski, Dana Ziolkowski and Luke Ziolkowski. Dear daughter of the late Peter (late Barbara) and (late Matilda) Vrdolyak. Dearest sister of late Joseph (Barbara) Vrdolyak, late Matilda Vrdolyak, Peter (late Geraldine) Vrdolyak, late Victor (late Ruth) Vrdolyak, John Vrdolyak and Edward (Denise) Vrdolyak. Dearest sister-in-law of late Helen (late Richard) LaRue, late Loretta (Nick) Bertok and late Eleanore (late Glenn) Schuermann. Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. The Simmons family would also like to send a special thank you to Gen's longtime caregivers, Yeni Sergott and Tere Clark who meant so much to Gen in the last few years. Gen was a graduate of St. Peter and St. Paul High School in South Chicago as well as a graduate of St. Francis College in Joliet, IL. She was the office manager at the Vrdolyak Law Group for many years as well as a former teacher with the Chicago Public Schools. Visitation will be on Saturday, November 4, 2017 DIRECTLY at Sacred Heart Croatian Church, 2864 East 96th Street Chicago, IL 60617 from 8:30 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30a.m. A private family entombment will take place at Holy Cross Mausoleum in Calumet City, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, www.jolietfranciscans.org, Sacred Heart Church or the . Arrangement entrusted to Elmwood Chapel Chicago, IL. 773-731-2749. www.elmwoodchapel.com.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Nov. 2, 2017
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