Siedlecki, Elizabeth “Betty”

Elizabeth “Betty” Siedlecki was born in Whaley Bridge, England on March 27, 1924 and passed away on Friday, August 2, 2019 at the age of 95.  She was a 60 year resident of Grayslake.  In 1945, at the end of WWII, she met and married Eugene Siedlecki, a Polish Royal Airforce flier.  The couple immigrated with their two young children to the United States in 1948.  They soon purchased an old schoolhouse in Hebron, IL, moved it 20 miles down the highway, renovated it and created a home for their family of 7 children in Woodstock, IL.  In 1960 they purchased five acres of farmland in Grayslake adjacent to what was soon to be the College of Lake County.  For many years they cultivated a large vegetable garden, selling flowers and vegetables to the community.  Elizabeth was a member of St. Gilbert Catholic Church.  She sang and played the violin in the parish choir for over 50 years.  An active member of the College of Lake County Community, she was a respected poet, the founder and director of the Glass Dictionary, the Literary Arts Society, creator of the annual Shakespeare birthday festival and instituted the annual Used Book Sale which funded the Glass Dictionary student scholarships each year.  She designed and managed the Peer Assistance Program which provided tutoring for students by fellow students.  In the process of raising seven children, Elizabeth graduated with a B.A. from Northeastern University in 1977.  Elizabeth is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; her son, Christopher; and her sister, Greta.  She is survived by her loving children, Helena (Kevin), Howard  (Nancy), Nicholas (Pamela), Michael, Timothy (Agnes), Thomas (Jody); 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren.

Friends of the family may visit on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  A funeral mass is scheduled for Friday, August 9, 2019 at 10:00am at St. Gilbert Catholic Church, 301 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL.  Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Elizabeth Siedlecki Glass Dictionary Scholarship” fund at CLC, 19351 W. Washington St, Grayslake, IL 60030, ATTN: Mayna Mendez, Scholarship Coordinator.   For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

3 Responses to Siedlecki, Elizabeth “Betty”

  • Sam and Laura (Gapinski) Winton says:

    Such a wonderful lady!! Mrs. Siedlecki accomplished so very much in her life which is reflected in her obituary. She was always so positive and upbeat, and friendship really meant the world to her. The Gapinski family remembers her well. Our condolences to all of the Siedlecki family.

  • Linda Wharton says:

    My condolences to the Siedlecki family on the loss of your wonderful matriarch. CLC was my first job, and I watched Mrs. Siedlecki take full advantage of the new community college which was almost in her backyard. She was a fixture there….always involved in everything. May God keep her in his loving arms and Grace. RIP lovely lady.

  • Tim and Agnes Siedlecki says:

    R.I.P
    You touched the lives of many people.
    They were all better people for it.

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