Vida Marija Talandis Maloni, 69, of Olympia Fields, IL, passed away on May 16, 2021. She was born December 11, 1951, in Chicago, IL, to Grazina and Jonas Talandis. She is survived by her mother; her husband of 32 years, Daniel "Zig" Maloni; her children Mona Behringer (Paul Harris), and Zigmas (Becky); her grandchildren Aleksa, Jonas Titan, and Calin Harris, and Griffin Maloni; her brother Jonas Talandis (Dana Plepys); her nephews Jonas Evan, Felix, and Owen Talandis; her mother-in-law Juanita Maloni and sister-in-law Marianne Maloni.
Vida grew up in Olympia Fields and graduated from Marian Catholic High School in 1969. She earned a Bachelor of Science at Northern Illinois University where she studied Fine Arts. After college, Vida modeled in Chicago, making a splash because of her resemblance to the screen goddesses of yesterday, particularly Jean Harlow. After appearing at many trade shows and gracing many print publications including a stint for an airline traveling to different destinations for travel brochures, Vida used her arts degree by channeling her creative talent into catering and event planning. With the help of her mother and daughter, Vida's company, Vida Talandis Bon Appetit, catered and planned high profile events across the country, where her food was known as much for its taste and exceptional quality as for its presentation. She awed clients from coast to coast with her artistry, manifested in fantasies of sculpture, place setting, and colorful design. Among her clients were celebrities, royalty, members of congress, world leaders, and even the Lithuanian president (Vida and her family are very active in the Chicago and Los Angeles Lithuanian communities). Her business also catered to high end private functions, major corporate events and conventions, destination events/weddings, and even a starring role on a wedding reality show! Is it any wonder she was dubbed "The Queen of Artistic Creations"?
Vida had a fierce zest for life but never lost her girlish charm. She was passionate about politics, protecting the unborn based on her love of God and an advocate for animal rights. She had unwavering kindness and a gentle heart. She was unfailingly optimistic, idealistic, inspired, and hopeful. She loved to travel and work but she always made sure that she had time for family and friends and gave of herself without hesitation. She was a dedicated friend of Bill Wilson for over 22 years, and she lived every day by her motto, "Life is Grand!". She will be sorely missed. Vida was preceded in death by her beloved father, who died just this past August and her father-in-law Aldo "Babe" Maloni.
Visitation will be held this Friday, May 21, 2021, from 5 – 7 p.m., and this Saturday, from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Petkus Funeral Home, 12401 Archer Avenue, Lemont, IL 60439.
Mass: Saturday, May 21, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis Mission, 14911 127th Street, Lemont, IL 60439. Burial & 2nd Line: 2 p.m., St. Casmir Lithuanian Catholic Cemetery, 4401 West 111 Street, Chicago, IL 60655
A celebration of Vida's life will be held afterward, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club Drive, Olympia Fields, IL 60461.
800-994-7600 or www.petkusfuneralhomes.com
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Published by Chicago Tribune on May 20, 2021.