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Elli J. Glist
Elli J. Glist née Sperling, age 94, beloved wife of the late Norman Glist, passed away peacefully on Feb. 12, 2021. Elli was preceded in death by her parents Adolf and Blanche Sperling; she was a cherished sister to Litzi (Harold) Marsh, loving mother of Sherri (Frank) Mariani and Catherine Glist (Murray); devoted Nana of Francis V Mariani, Alexandra (John) Johnson, Michael (Kathryn) Mastrangelo Jr, James (Brittany) Mastrangelo, and Jake Mastrangelo; doting Nana of Joseph Johnson and Anthony Johnson, caring Gigi of Clark Mastrangelo, Mackenzie Mastrangelo, Abigail Mastrangelo, Benjamin Mastrangelo, Francesca Mastrangelo, and Jack Mastrangelo, and fond Aunt to many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to One for One Chicago ( and/or the Illinois Holocaust Museum (

Born in Vienna, Austria in 1926; Elli, Litzi, and their parents came to the US in 1940. After attending Highland Park High School, she went to the University of Illinois where she met her true love, Norman Glist. After marriage they lived a wonderful life in Deerfield, IL where they raised their daughters, Sherri and Catherine. Elli and Norm enjoyed traveling the world, where she loved to photograph the people and places they visited. Elli continued to hone her photography skills by participating competitively in several camera clubs. She was legendary for her pies and her years of community involvement and service. However, what brought her true joy was her family.

Published by Chicago Tribune from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2021.
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I knew Elli from camera clubs. she was a great member, always helpful and pleasant to all members. I missed her when she was no longer able to attend and her presence on earth will be missed by many.
Rich Fisher
February 17, 2021
My thoughts go out to the family, as I know how much harder the COVID makes these passages. I was blessed to meet Elli through the camera clubs she and my husband Rich Fisher participated in. We enjoyed a few nature photography excursions together. She always had a smile to brighten any occasion, and we enjoyed conversations about "the old country" as I had lived outside Austria (in Bavaria) for a year. Legendary was her apfel strudel!!
Jane Leland
February 17, 2021
Elli and I met while playing Mahj at Patty Turner Center. She was an accomplished player, mentor and conversationalist. I occasionally would run into her around town. We would discuss everything from "what are you making for dinner" to "can´t wait for the weather to warm up." I will miss her. G-d bless her memory.
Gail Berman
February 13, 2021
Its a sad day for me to hear this news of Ellie's passing. Being best friends with Cathy, Ellie was a huge part of my young life. She and Norm were always home and always such genuine souls. I have vivid memories in my mind that I will cherish forever. I loved her accent and her laugh! Journey in Peace Ellie. :) Love, Gail
Gail Swanson
February 13, 2021
Such sad news. Elli was always kind and generous, and I know that Cathy will miss her terribly. Thinking about your family and this terrible loss, and sending you hugs and love.
Dawne Swanson
February 13, 2021
I am so grateful for the many years and meals we shared in Women Helping Women and the times we shared at the Lodge. I cherished our friendship.
Carol Melnick
February 13, 2021
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