Stanley "Stan" Mikita
1940 - 2018
BORN
May 20, 1940
DIED
August 7, 2018
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.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Aug
12
Visitation
11:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
United Center inside the Atrium
1901 W. Madison St, public parking available in lot C, Illinois
Funeral services provided by:
Sullivan Funeral Home
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Randy
April 13, 2019
Stan, Hull was a legend, but you were the glue that made the Black Hawks what they were. Thank you deeply for your contribution from a loyal Philadelphia Flyers fan! Rest in peace my friend.
john Spoulos
Teacher
February 6, 2019
As one who suffered through a similar neurological disease (watching my mother go through Alzheimer's) I have some idea of what you went through and you have my most sincere sympathy and condolences. Neither Stan nor my mom deserved to go that way but God's will be done and from what I have heard he led an exemplary life and his soul is safe in heaven. As young teenagers we used to see Stan, from time to time, visiting a neighbor on our block, on Clarence Avenue in Berwyn. He always said 'Hi' to us and we felt honored. His illustrious career speaks for itself - what a great athlete and it was a pleasure to watch him play! Stan will always be remembered and he, and the family, will be in my prayers.
Kevin Hughes
November 17, 2018
Stan- you were probably one of the greatest hockey players during your time and god will be with you always!
ED Budnick
Friend
October 28, 2018
Met Stan and got an autograph. My impression was he was good person with a great sense of humor. God Bless and thank you.
James C
October 15, 2018
During this time of great sorrow and pain, know that you are not alone. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this time of loss. As you remember your beloved one, may our Father, the God of peace, give you comfort and peace in every way today, tomorrow, and always. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2nd Thess. 3:16
Monica
September 11, 2018
My Condolences to the family of Stan Mikita for your loss ,may the God of tender mercy be with you at this time of sadness.
Hale.O
September 5, 2018
By the endearing sentiments of all that knew and loved Mr. Mikita gives evidence that he was a kind person.
My prayers to the family you have peace and comfort. May he remain in God's book of remembrance ~ Psalm 147:4
September 3, 2018
L. Harris
August 24, 2018
Im so sorry for your loss, may the god of all comfort be with you in this difficult time.
August 24, 2018
I was at a Thanksgiving Blackhawks game in the late 60's with uncle, dad & cousins, when a ref made a bad call and frozen turkeys and Blackhawk hats went flying onto the ice hurled by irate fans, and along came Stosh, skating by and grinning at us! Rest in peace wonderful man from a longtime Hawks, Mikita, Hull fan. Sincere sympathy to the Mikita Family and all Hawks fans. Am sure Stan is yelling down to everyone, Go Hawks!!! RIP and thanks for the fantastic memories!
Arlene Milas
August 21, 2018
You will be missed Stan!! Hockey lives in us because of you!!
Michael Marques
Acquaintance
August 21, 2018
Many great memories of Stan playing for my favourite team the Blackhawks I emulated my play like his always a joy to me and my brothers... Thanks Again you will be missed R.I.P. Steve gogliettino
August 20, 2018
My , Step Grandfather Bucky Grew Up Watching Stanley Playing Hockey In The 1940s Here Comes Stanley Mikita On A Breakaway At The Blue Line He , Glides Left Side He , Glides Right Side He , Shoots & He Scores ..... WOW !!!!!!! Oh , My Goodness ..... So , Stan Farewell My Dear Brother ...... Mark 8:32 Matthew 28:48 John 12:01 Judges 5:05 Corinthians 1:12:02 & James 5:03 ..........
Cameron Raymond Fisher
August 20, 2018
Mikita with the puck at the blue line. He glides left, he glides right, he shoots.....HE SCORES111
August 20, 2018
TO THE mikita Family,So sorry for your loss. WILL keep Stan ln my thoughts and Prayers. ENJOYED stans Beautiful humor and advice.
C HUCK MCColgan
August 17, 2018
Back in 1967, Stan was visiting Buffalo, NY for an NHL golf outing. My father managed to get in and bring me along. With some prodding, I approached Stan Mikita for an autograph. "Sure, here hold my beer while I sign it", was his response to my request. For 50+ years I've been telling the story about what a nice guy he was. Sad to hear of his passing.
Bryan Smith
August 17, 2018
Back in 1967, Stan was visiting Buffalo, NY for an NHL golf outing. My father managed to get in and bring me along. With some prodding, I approached Stan Mikita for an autograph. "Sure, here hold my beer while I sign it", was his response to my request. For 50+ years I've been telling the story about what a nice guy he was. Sad to hear of his passing.
Bryan
August 17, 2018
What a beautiful life you created after such humble beginnings, a shining example of what hard work and perseverance can accomplish. Yet your greatest achievement was the love you brought to your family. You were cherished by many, but it is quite obvious that you are beloved to the ones who knew you best. Rest In Peace, Mr. Mikita. ~Janelle Towne
Janelle Towne
August 17, 2018
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family at this difficult time. Please find peace in knowing that God understands your grief and that he cares. 1 Peter 5:6&7 assures us "Humble yourselves, therefore , under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt by. you in due time, while you big all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you."
Tammy Gerges
August 16, 2018
Craig Anderson
August 16, 2018
Mr. Mikita, you are the reason I am a Blackhawks fan. It hasn't been easy but always rewarding. Thank you for your contribution to hockey and the world. Well done sir!
Paul Cruse
August 16, 2018
May the most precious memories bring you strength to endure this time of sorrow, and comfort from our God above.
B Cox
August 16, 2018
My dad was a good friend of his back in the good old days from Elmhurst
God bless ,sorry for your loss
Sincerely
Mary talarico
Mary Talarico
August 15, 2018
One of the biggest thrills of my life was getting on the ice in my 1st training camp in 1978 with the legend himself, Stan Mikita. I was a huge hockey fan growing up in the 60's and had the privilege of seeing Stan play in Detroit when I was a kid. When I got drafted by the Blackhawks, and went to my 1st camp in '78', there was "Stan the Man" on the ice. I wanted to watch him but didn't want to look like a fool and stare, but I was in awe. I was on the ice with one of the greatest of all time. Then to get to meet Stan in the locker room, then to have the privilege to play golf with Stan at Kemper Lakes on several occasions. What a thrill! He was always very kind to me and had a friendly smile and a firm hand shake for me. A great player, a great man, and 100% class act. It was a thrill to call Stan a friend, when I looked at him as a legend. My deepest condolences to Jill and the Mikita Family.
Sincerely,
Dave Feamster
Dave Feamster
August 15, 2018
May the God of all peace bring comfort to the Mikita family and friends at this difficult time.
CF
August 15, 2018
Grew up watching Stan and the Blackhawks. Thanks for the memories, Stan. RIP.
Mike Spiziri
August 15, 2018
I would like to offer my deepest condolences to you and your memories,may you find comfort and hope. Jeremiah 29:11,12
L B
August 15, 2018
May God bless this family in this time of sorrow. May the God of all comfort give you comfort and peace
Peg
August 15, 2018
My sympathy to the entire Mikita family and close friends. Stan was born to be a "Chicago Blackhawks". Let's hear is name one more time at the old Chicago Stadium the roar of the crowd!Let's hear one more shot and a goal from Stan Mikita on WGN-TV! God is bringing home to rest and peace.
Raymond Arenas
August 14, 2018
To the Mikita Family
My deepest condolences to you all.

Having been a Vancouver Canucks season-ticket holder for 29 years (1970-1999) I was able to watch Mr Mikita play many times.
I was also very fortunate to have my hair ruffled by Mr Mikita after asking after the game was over for an autograph, which he obliged every time.
Mr Mikita played the game with style and class and represented the Chicago Black Hawks team and organization to which we should all be proud.
Mr Mikita (I would never call you Stan, it just wouldn't sound right) you will never be forgotten by this hockey fan.

Thank You,

Andrew Castell
White Rock BC Canada
Andrew Castell
August 14, 2018
Our deepest heartfelt condolences to Jill, Meg, Scott, Jane, Chris and the Mikita family from Stan's beloved Team Canada 1972 teammates. The most poignant memory of the Summit Series for all Team Canada players was Stan's emotional reunion in Czechoslovakia with his family. We were all blessed to have you as an important part of our lives.
Team Canada 1972
August 14, 2018
Condolences to the of Mr. Mikita.
May you have peace doing this difficult time and alway be reminded of the good times. Know that there is always a hope of seeing your loved one again.
August 14, 2018
I think of Stan and I can't take the smile of my face! We are so sorry for your loss. Such a loss for all of us.
Sue North
Acquaintance
August 14, 2018
My parents watched Stan grow up living next door to them on Hamilton St in St Catharines . They followed his career all of their lives and sometimes ran into him once he was an adult at the race track where he sometimes worked in summers . My parents were much older than Stan and in their old age they also had dementia but never forgot Stan. My mom carried his book I play to win around in her walker until she passed away at age 90 . They were proud to know him. May he rest in peace . Our condolences to all the family . He was a good man, as well as a talented hockey player and I have passed on the little book about hockey to our young grandson who now plays hockey !
August 13, 2018
I watched you when I was 6 ys. old; you were #1 & & always will be. God bless you Stan - sending prayers your way.
Jim Vallar
August 13, 2018
I was attending Edith Cavell Public School when Stan came to Canada and to St. Catharines. He was a 'scrappy' little guy and quite often got into scrapes with other kids.

Whenever Stan was in a schoolyard battle we could often hear a voice from the background shouting Stanley stop that. That voice was from his sister Irene who was attending the same school
BOB DELL
August 13, 2018
BOB DELL
August 13, 2018
My condolences to the family and friends and fans of Chicago Black Hawks. I grew up as a Toronto Maple Leaf fan and remembered Stan. As a kid he stood out on Chicago just like Gordie Howe stood out in Detroit and Johnny Bower with the Leafs.
God bless you Stan. Now you are on a line with Howe and Bower in the net what a great game that will be.Another of the original six gone.
William cook
August 13, 2018

MAY THE PEACE OF GOD BE WITH YOU IN THIS TIME OF SORROW.MAT 5:4 "HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO MOURN, SINCE THEY WILL BE COMFORTED."
r Jones
Friend
August 13, 2018
RIP
Dan & Jaclyn Centoni
Acquaintance
August 13, 2018
Dan & Jaclyn Centoni
August 13, 2018
My family and I would like to offer our deepest sympathy to his family and may the Angel's watch over him and his family from the Kobs family ,My family and I would like to offer our deepest sympathy to his family and may the Angel's watch over him and his family from the Kobs family
Helen Kobs
August 13, 2018
Our condolences go out to the family. Stan was great on and off the ice. Just a class act and great ambassador for hockey. He left a valuable mark on all of us.
Dave & Carol Mackey
August 13, 2018
My sincere condolences to the family of Stan Mikita , May you all find comfort in the many fond memories and happy time all
shared with Stan.
August 13, 2018
Dee
August 13, 2018
glen Vuorinen
Acquaintance
August 13, 2018
PRAYERS and BLESSINGS
Valenda Newell
August 12, 2018
My Prayers and Condolences to the entire Mikita Family. I grew up watching Stan play. He was one of my Favorite Blackhawks Players. He will be missed❤.
Brenda Smith
August 12, 2018
An excellent playmaker. He was the perfect compliment to Bobby Hull.
Stephen Gerace
August 12, 2018
we will always treasure the autographed picture he gave us our condolences to the Makita family you are in our prayers Janet and Norm Brown
August 12, 2018
My condolences to Jill and the entire Makita family.
I was fortunate to be able to play with Stan for a short while and experience first hand the total class act he was. Stan had time for everyone and was very giving of his time. He was always quick with a joke or some prank on a teammate.

God rest your soul Stan you are The Man.
Greg Fox
August 12, 2018
In memory of one of finest to ever play for The Chicago Blackhawks, may you rest in peace Stan.
Phil Isaacson
August 12, 2018
It's always hard and difficult to let such a good person ( like he was) go. We know he touched many fans, and many people during his long hockey career; but it's mostly the great human being that he was that will be remembered... we want to wish to the whole Mikita family our deepest condolences in these difficult times ahead....

Guylaine and Éric Daze
August 12, 2018
May you rest in peace Stan. I loved listening to the games when I was younger on my transistor radio. Godspeed to you and may your family feel comfort in this time of sorrow.
Epstein Family
August 12, 2018
To the Mikita family,
I don't know how to express my feelings about Stan, but I'll try. I started attending Blackhawks games in 1969 (after listening to them on radio), and I was mesmerized by the Hawks at that time. It cemented in me a lifelong love of the Blackhawks. To this day I am diehard fan, and that is absolutely due to the team circa 1969. Bobby Hull had the flash, I had a huge crush on Keith Magnuson, but Stan's unselfish play always drew my attention. What a man. Please know, in your grief, that his many talents and ways of going about life affected me, as I'm sure it affected many. God bless all of you.
Sher Tenclay
August 12, 2018
RIP Stan
Shsrn Presler
August 12, 2018
You were a great man and loved watching you play the game you loved prayers to your family and RIP
August 12, 2018
Prayers of comfort and peace for the Makita Family. Rest In Peace Stan Makita. #21
Gina DeMuro-Drummond
August 12, 2018
Thank you Mr.Mikita for the thrills you provided on the ice and the person you were off it.
Jeff Kwit
August 12, 2018
Thank you to the family for sharing this great man with all of us. God Bless you
Jill Franklin
August 12, 2018
Thanking you again for all the kindness you showed to our family. RIP.
Tom and Sue Hickey
August 12, 2018
Rest Easy Mr Mikita
Thank you for always taking the time to acknowledge me at the Chicago Stadium back in 1982. I would wait for you by the Press Box and you always took time to talk. It meant alot to me to tell everyone that I talk with Stan Mikita "he's my friend".
My deepest sympathy and God's blessings to the Mikita Family, Friends and Fans. #21 such a great human being. Legends Never Die.
Rest Easy Mr. Mikita
Joe B.
August 12, 2018
Thank you for sharing him with us. May his soul and your souls be at peace. God bless
Cathy O'Brien
August 12, 2018
My deepest condolences to the mikita family. I feel your pain because my mom passed away from dementia. It's the heart killer watching your love one with this disease. He is Mr. Blackhawks!! God needed a Center to play on his holy team. May Mr. Mikita Rest in Peace. He truly will be missed.
Wally Melnyk
August 12, 2018
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family for the loss of Stan We met you at the memorial Stan was my husband's favorite We also were married at St Mary of Cell in Berwyn Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for sharing him with us He's now playing with Pierre Pilot in heaven oh what a team Heavens the best of the best
Rose Ann Roth
Friend
August 12, 2018
In 1968 he waved to me while taking some warmup laps. I've been infatuated ever since.
August 12, 2018
Rip you were s true Blackhawk and one of the best hockey players that ever laced on a pair of skates.
Gotdon Guy
Friend
August 12, 2018
#21 hangs from the rafters

That sums it up
Sean Raffaelli
August 12, 2018
Jill and Family,

I would like to express my sincerest condolences to you and your family. Stan, RIP, you were one of a kind. Thank you for your friendship.

Vic Hadfield.
Vic Hadfield
August 12, 2018

Jill and Family.

I would like to express my sincerest condolences to you and your family. Thank you for your friendship. Stan, RIP, you were one of a kind.

Vic Hadfield
August 12, 2018
Epitome , an example of a Hart Trophy classic man . And what a play maker he was. Great memories Stan Makita Thank you
Stanley Harris
August 12, 2018
You were my favorite growing up! Even though I am from nyc lol. rip
bobby lohr
August 12, 2018
To the Mikita family - so sorry for your loss. Thoroughly enjoyed watching him play and had special rooting interest as my dad was also named Stan and had Slovak roots - RIP #21.
Keith Ratajczyk
August 12, 2018
Dear Mikita Family,

Sorry for the loss of Stan.

I had the pleasure of working for Stan at Kemper Lakes Golf Club during my college years. He was such a great man and treated everyone including the cart attendants with great respect.

During this time I was treated so well by the entire Mikita family. I have many fond memories of this chapter in my life and some good times that were shared. I was lucky to be able to keep in touch with Stan from time to time.

Stan was one of the people I had admired in my life for who he was as a person.

Thoughts and prayers to the entire Mikita family.

God Bless,

John Hake
John Hake
August 11, 2018
I was so sorry to hear of Stan's passing. He has always been my favourite all time player. I started watching him and the Blackhawks for as long as I can remember and he was the very best. Sincerely Joe Walker
Joe Walker
August 11, 2018
My wife Lucy and I miss Stan mikita very much we work for the state of Illinois and we met him at the DMV in Naperville one day very nice man a big lost to the hockey world God bless stan.
Robert Jones
August 11, 2018
So sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to the family at this very difficult time
August 11, 2018
R.I.P To a Legend
Nathan
August 11, 2018
Dear Jill and Family:
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on your recent loss of your dear husband, Stan.
We were in the graduating class of 1960, and you and Stan attending the 50th Reunion.
Our prayers are with you at this time.
Sincerely,
Jim and Mary Ann (Ippolito) Bernas
August 11, 2018
Karan Wider
August 11, 2018
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
August 11, 2018
My condolences to the family
of Mr.Stan Mikita.
May Jesus words at John 6:44
give you the comfort you need
at this most difficult time.
Darlene Hands
August 11, 2018
It is with great sadness that I send my condolences to the Mikita family. I have been a true Stan Mikita fan since I was 5. Today I am 60. God bless you all and remember that you have not loss a loved one, he is always with you.
Becky (Newfoundland, Canada)
Becky Pendergast
August 11, 2018
William Krochak
August 10, 2018
Thoughts and Prayers to the Mikita Family always know your DAD was a class act



Michelle Neal & John Herron, Lombard, Il
August 10, 2018
There was nothing like watching the Hulls, Maki, Magnuson, Martin, Stapleton, Tony O in the crease, and of course, Mikita, at The Mad House on Madison. A grand ole time in the history of the best game on the planet. R.I.P. #21. You did yourself proud!
Lawrence Malestic
August 10, 2018
Once again Jill and your family I am so very very sorry please accept my condolences from Jim Stan was one great man once again I am sorry
Jim Spinelli
Friend
August 10, 2018
MsJones
August 10, 2018
William Krochak
August 10, 2018
With our deepest sympathy to Stan's family.
Buzz Goldstein
August 10, 2018
Our heartfelt sympathies to Jill and family from Frank and Carol-Jean Slomski. We knew Jill as Jill Cerny and her family from little on. Met Stan when they married. Our children remember many fun times with them and the Milotas, the Mahaceks and my Grandmother. Lost contact after the deaths of our families. Stan and Jill always gracious and real people.
C.J.
August 10, 2018
Stans wife and family, so sorry ! I saw Stan play and all the great hawks several games growing up in a farming area west of Chicago I meet Stan and bobby i was working on a farm and we were feeding the Herford cattle bobby and Stan had at farm I was in aw I was 12 the year was 1967 ,great memories, my son was at hawks game in 2017 and he saw bobby at the game he ask if he remembered when he and Stan had cattle their and signed a hawks hat saying thanks mike bobby and Stan 1967 !! Thank you Stan and bobby !!! God bless
Michael Armbrust
Friend
August 10, 2018
Our thoughts and payers are with the entire Mikita family.
Stan was a true example of sportsmanship that every parent should have their children follow. And a true Family Man, And as a Friend, he was "SECOND to NONE "
Thanks for all the great memories.
#21 is with #3 again ! You better watch out Heaven, Stan and Keith are there now !

Patrick & Diane Neal
Patrick Neal
August 10, 2018
Thanks for the great memoriesone of the best to ever play the game!

Our condolences to the Mikita family.
Bruce Cassidy
August 10, 2018
My condolences to the Mikita family. May our heavenly father comfort you all at this most difficult time.
Ruby
August 10, 2018
My heart goes out to Stans wife and family, he gave Blackhawk fans great memories, as s boy I loved Sunday nights that meant going to see the hawks and Stan , bobby all the great players on the hawks thank you Stan !! R I p I, i know happy now !!!
Michael Armbrust
Friend
August 10, 2018
R D
August 10, 2018
As a member of the Alumni I heard that Stan had dementia and I was hoping to fly from San Diego to visi with San this summer.
Stan had a huge effect on my life.I enjoyed playing with him for two years,and thank him for his great friendship.He changed me as a human being.When I first came to Chicago from the Seals I was in the mist of a human breakdown...Stan asked me what the problem was and helped me through it.He said that he had a similar experience anwhen he comed his hair the hair would fall out.Eventually I recovered from the problem ...with Stan's help...and have lived a happy life for over 45 years thanks to Stan.
Gary Smith
August 10, 2018
Love from the William Merchant Family of Scottsdale AZ Enjoyed Stan's friendship and fundraising joint efforts. One of a kind friend.
William Merchant
August 10, 2018