Born, Stanislav Guoth in Sokolce, Czechoslovakia on May 20, 1940 to Jurag and Emilia, Stan passed away on August 7, 2018 at the age of 78 surrounded by his loving family: Jill, his wife of 55 years; children Meg (Emily & Erin Johnson), Scott (Hannah & Lily Mikita), Jane Gneiser and her husband Scott (Charlie, Billy & Tommy Gneiser), Christopher and his wife Jennifer (Kayla & Megan Mikita). Loving brother of Jurag Guoth and Viera Uhliarova of the Slovakia and Irene Palkovic of Canada. Husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and teammate. Stan Mikita was all of these and so much more. While working as a Congressional Secretary in 1962, Jill met Stan at a political event that she had organized. It was not love at first sight, but by the second date they both knew they had found their loves. Jill was the glue that held the family together while Stan traveled. Working as a team they built a family that grew with love, strength and understanding. As a father, Stan taught his children by example about acceptance, compassion and patience, often reminding them that it doesn't cost anything to be nice to people. He stressed that everyone is equally worthy of respect and kindness; that people are more alike than they are different. Stan also imparted his sense of humor and love of storytelling, often amusing his children with obvious jokes ("What's a henway?") and stories about S-car-go. When Stan became a grandfather, he was able to fully enjoy his grandkids' adventures, without the pressures of being "on the road." This was a huge source of joy to him. It was not uncommon to see him on the floor, frolicking with the grandkids. He enjoyed their sports, their concerts and their school events. Stan was fortunate enough to have family in both Canada and Slovakia. He always retained a deep love and connection to them. Stan became a US Citizen in 1982 and always said this was one of his proudest achievements. Practicing what he preached, Stan always treated his teammates like family. He welcomed all new players, offering advice and encouragement. Stan opened his home to dozens of young players, and with Jill's support, provided a home away from home. However, he also delighted in pranking the rookies, taking them on snipe hunts and cutting off their ties while they slept on the train. Beloved not only as a sportsman, but even more so as a person, and despite having suffered from dementia for the past four years, Stan died as he lived, with patience, humility, tenacity and good-humor, with one last smile for his loving family just moments before the end. A public Visitation will be held Sunday, August 12th, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the United Center inside the Atrium at 1901 W. Madison St. (public parking available in lot C). A private family Funeral and Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the Mikita Family asks that donations be made to Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association www.alz.org/illinois,
The Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org
, The American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association www.usadeafhockey.org
, and Hinsdale Hospital Foundation for Amita Health Adventist St. Thomas Hospice https://www.keepingyouwell.com/ahh/make-a-gift/ctl/donate/mid/16373/id/24
donations are appreciated. Arrangements by Sullivan Funeral Hinsdale, 630-323-0275 or www.sullivanfuneralhomehinsdale.com
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Published by Chicago Tribune on Aug. 9, 2018.