Vivian F. Cielak
Vivian F. Cielak, 77 passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. She is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, John. Devoted mother to Michael (Sheri), Kathryn (Scott) Mara, Susan (John) Tansey and Marianne (Brett) Boyke. Adoring grandmother that loved her 10 grandchildren "to the moon and back": Jake, Nina, Andrew, Gianna, Dominic, Kaitlin, Cole, Kaci, Kolby and Kayla. Dear sister of Theresa (the late Jack) Brown. Loving sister-in-law and fond aunt to numerous nieces and nephews, and dearest cousin, friend and neighbor to many.

Vivian, nee Salvione, was born and raised in Chicago, graduated from Steinmetz High School and earned her beautician license soon after. She married young and started her family in Norridge, later moving to Riverwoods, Lake Forest and finally, Northbrook, Illinois. Vivian's gift for making others feel special is one of her defining traits. She often helped others who were having difficult times, but her devotion to family and friends went well beyond their times of need. Through the years Vivian achieved her dream of traveling the world. In addition to her family life in Illinois, she created a welcoming home in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she loved and adored the desert landscape and beautiful climate. Her door was always open for family and friends to visit and indulge in her passion to bask in the sun, cook great food and savor fine wine. Special occasions were her favorite time to spend with people. She will always be remembered for her vivacious spirit and joyful, contagious smile. Her values and morals were guided by her strong Catholic faith and she was not shy about sharing her ideas and beliefs with others. Vivian devoted herself to all those who loved her and she lived to find joy with all those who were blessed to know her.

Services will be held in Northbrook, IL; time and date will be announced. A celebration of life will be scheduled for a later date. Throughout her life, Vivian's dogs always held a very special place in her heart and she was an avid supporter of the ASPCA; in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to ASPCA in her name or St. Malachy School Tuition Program, 2252 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612.

Vivian's family would appreciate the addition of any memories, stories and comments you would like to share on her memory page.

Published by Chicago Tribune from Jan. 24 to Jan. 26, 2021.
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I just hear about Vivians passing - we always ending up having a conversation about angels. She had a beautiful big bright smile and she will always so warm and friendly - she will be missed.
Lynn Romanek Holstein
March 17, 2021
I am adding additional words to express my sorrow at the passing of this great woman. Vivian was a most generous supporter of underprivileged children. Her love for children's futures was evident by the steadfast love and support she gave to us at St. Malachy School. I pray God will wrap his arms of comfort around John and her children and keep them uplifted by their beautiful memories of this amazing woman.
Bridgid Miller
February 8, 2021
We will miss Viv very much. Sharing her world adventures and life messages have always been an inspiration to us. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you...hers was a wonderful life lived fully with family and many friends.
Chris and Lynne Kostiuk
February 3, 2021
We are deeply saddened and send our condolences for the loss of Aunt Vivian. I remember her laugh and humor. She was quick to point out that her kids told everyone that they were Polish... that is until the movie Rocky came out. Then all of a sudden they were all Italian!
Tony Kasprzyk
February 2, 2021
I'm so sorry for the sudden loss of my dear Sister-In-Law Vivian and my deepest sympathies go out to John, Michael, Kathy, Susan, Marianne, their families with all her beloved grandchildren.
I have so many wonderful memories of Vivian but I’d like to share a fun one that happened when we visited John’s birthplace. We stayed by his cousin WIesiek Sowa, who is a prankster and a joke-teller. Viv was always asking “what did he say” because we all laughed hard at his jokes in Polish. When we left Lubzina to drive to Cracow, all of a sudden Vivian’s familiar loud laughter drowned out the road noise. We all looked at her as she started pulling a lot of small pebbles from her purse, compliments of Wiesiek. You can't imagine how hard we all laughed. We will miss her laughter so much!
Andre Grzeskowiak
January 26, 2021
Mary, Milo and I send our deepest condolences along with our thoughts and prayers to Uncle John and the entire family. One of my very first memories ever in life is of Aunt Viv. Uncle John and Aunt Viv lived across the golf course, and whenever my Mom or Dad went over there, I would join them in hopes of getting into Uncle John´s Jolly Rancher candy jar. This day was a bust... no candy, so I laid down under the desk in the kitchen with Ruffy, the family dog, to give him some pets. Well, I guess my Mom left and thought I was old enough to make it home alone and Aunt Viv went about her business in the kitchen and Ruffy enjoyed the company. Maybe an hour or so later, I jumped up to go home and startled Aunt Viv real good. After letting out a yell, she started laughing her huge laugh, gave me a hug and told me to run home. Just one of so many great memories of Aunt Viv. We´ll all miss her so much.
John Grzeskowiak
January 26, 2021
I have so many memories of Vivian that it is hard to decide which to share. Many of my memories are connected to our travels together to Poland and other European countries. John and Vivian asked me to be their guide for them and their children to visit the place where John and I were born, Lubzina, Poland. Viv was so, so, sooooo excited to visit John´s birthplace and to meet our relatives and neighbors. She enjoyed their hospitality and intently listened to all the stories of our childhood, with myself and John translating. We walked our old property and we attended Mass in the church where we worshipped. Her only disappointment was that the house we were all born in was taken down; but she was glad a new one was built in its place. She really liked Poland and revisited a few more times with us. I will miss her dearly. To John, Mike, Kathy, Susan and Marianne - I share your pain. May the memory of Her be the blessing! Mary
January 25, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Cielak family on their loss. Ms. C was a truly a wonderful person and friend.
Godfrey Hamilton
January 25, 2021
My sincerest and deepest condolences. Aunt Viv was a gem. I have so many great memories. She truthfully knew how to make you feel special and light up a room with her infectious smile and laugh. One of my favorite memories was coming over one afternoon while I was in grad school to learn how to make sauce. She kept saying "it´s so simple, you´ll laugh at how easy it is". My school brain at the time needed to know HOW it was done and the EXACT measurements...which wasn´t a thing in her book. Heaping spoons of spices and many glasses of wine later, we enjoyed a beautiful meal and shared so many laughs. And she was right, making sauce comes easy to me now She always was so kind to extend the invitation to come to Arizona, which I loved to do. I always appreciated her positive energy, kind- spirited, and genuine nature. Truly one of kind that will be dearly missed. To Uncle John, Michael, Kathy, Susan, Marianne, and family- much love to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers
Jennifer Gawlik
January 25, 2021
We at St. Malachy School were so saddened to learn of Vivian's passing. She had supported our mission to educate students here for so many years that we definitely considered her a part of the St. Malachy School Family and she will be remembered for her kindness and generous spirit for all the years to come. We send thoughts and prayers to all of your family and loved ones during this most difficult time.
Peggy LaDuke
January 25, 2021
I hope you feel surrounded by much love
January 25, 2021
Our sincere condolences to the family of Vivian Cielak. She was a kind and lovely woman. And a great help with our first Bichon. May her memory be a blessing. Marcia and Richard Lazer
Marcia and Richard Lazer
January 25, 2021
Our Salvione Family is heartbroken and consoled at the same time. We are heartbroken for our loss of our dear cousin and consoled to know that Viv was surrounded by her loving family. So many memories...Viv, may you rest in the loving arms of our God of Peace and Consolation. We will all be united once again in His gift of Eternity.
Fr Anthony Pizzo, OSA
January 25, 2021
I’m very heartbroken on the loss of Aunt Viv. She was an open person to talk to and we had such a great time being silly too.
I’ll never forget my first time visiting AZ driving in her Porsche trying to find a spot in some parking lot and someone took it first and she shouted “jimminey crickets”
Such a cute thing.
To uncle John and my cousins, your Mom was a beautiful and loving person. She opened her heart to everyone.
She will forever be my Aunt Bella ❤
I love all of you and wish you comfort, love and peace during this difficult time.

Lorie Gawlik
January 24, 2021
Cousin Vivian was a force of life with her strong hugs, joyful singing, and a smile that made the clouds disappear and the sun shine. Viv's love of family and friends and abundant faith remains with all of us. Thank you, Cousin Viv, I love you.
Delia Hicks
January 24, 2021
We are so very sorry for the entire family and all her friends. Viv´s personality, smile and laugh will be missed forever. The world is a better place because SHE was here
Mary Jo & Jack Cappucci
January 24, 2021
Our deepest condolences to your family. Vivian will always be in our hearts and prayers.
Wayne and Elizabeth
January 24, 2021
The Mikalakis Family
January 24, 2021
My heart is broken with the loss of Viv. All my love and prayers for the family
diane b marchiori
January 23, 2021
Mike, our hearts and prayers are with you and your family during these trying times.
Steve-Marilyn Mikalakis
January 23, 2021
Viver, always was a joy to be with. Laughs, good food and wine. She had a very big heart and always made you welcomed. She was a strong person with equally strong beliefs rooted in her and John's Catholic faith. She will be missed.
Dennis McGrath
January 23, 2021
Dear Cielak Family, I´m so sorry for the loss of Vivian. She had always been so kind to me since I married into your family and opened her homes to me. What I most enjoyed about her was her boisterous laugh that always seemed to begin with a "HA!" She was open and warm and no-nonsense. I enjoyed many dinners and good conversation with her. She will truly be missed and like Marianne, am comforted to know there is an angel in heaven watching over those she loved.
Ann Chwal
January 23, 2021
My deepest sympathy to Uncle John, Michael, Kathy, Susan and Marianne. Your mother was a wonder person and great Aunt to me. She bought me my first designer item - it was a beautiful Gucci purse. We always got along so well ,except for one time when I was a teenager and she wouldn't let me wear ripped jeans and my moccasins to the club. I will always remember her fondly, and I will miss her. I mourn with you. Love, Kika
Monica Cielak
January 23, 2021
Dear Cielak Family and all others, my deepest and sincere condolences to all of you. Vivian remained such a kind soul and supporter to me and my family as the years marched past. Her FB notes and pictures always helped me to not forget the good memories. It was an honor to be in her life. The most I loved about her was her smile. Losing a parent is indescribable and I will morn your loss and pain. Love always, Dani, Sam and Aly
Danielle Fallico
January 23, 2021
Our deepest sympathy.
Sandy and Ron
January 23, 2021
My deepest sympathies to your family. I remember your mom singing Fame in your kitchen. The movie had just come out. She sang it out and had a smile, which gave me a huge smile. She had a beautiful voice. While it was forever ago, I remember it well.
Robyn Whiteman
January 23, 2021
My deepest sympathy to cousin vivian you were so well loved by my family and of course by many your kindness and love will be with us forever
Robert pizzo
January 23, 2021
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