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Tina M. Mikus

Published January 12,2023

Obituary's Biography:

Tina M. Mikus, 82, a resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away January 8, 2023 at her home. She was born February 27, 1940 in Holland to John and Ann Vandenbraak. 

Tina passed peacefully on January 8, 2023 surrounded by her family.  Her strength and positivity were inspiring.  Tina was a talented artist and loved her family and her garden.

Tina is survived by her children Kim (Kevin) Croke of Lake Zurich. Emily Pecora of Wadsworth, and Melissa (Ryan) Tendick of Gurnee, her grandchildren Angela Pecora, Joseph Pecora, Brian Croke, Megan Croke, Annika Tendick, and Alison Tendick, and her siblings John Vandenbraak, Margaret VanHelvert and Ann Vanhelvert.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Marian Vandenbraak and Rickey Choma, and her husband Walter Mikus.   

A memorial visitation and mass is scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2023 from 8:30am until 9:30am with the mass commencing at 9:30am at St. Paul the Apostle Church 6401 Gages Lake Rd. Gurnee, IL 60031.  Inurnment will be held at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville, IL.  All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  For more information, please call (847) 223-8122 or visit www.StrangFuneral.org

In memory of Tina’s love of bike riding and nature, please consider donating to the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves.  


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  1. We love hearing Melissa tell stories of her mom, usually around food traditions, things she would make and, memories from her childhood. It always made us laugh, and her legacy will certainly live on through the grandchildren due to these amazing stories and memories. Our deepest condolences for peace and rest during this difficult time.
    On behalf of the Barilla Family,

  2. Our deepest condoleances with the passing over of Tina M. Mikus. We wish her family strength and love during this difficult and sad time.

    Lieke & Willem van den Braak
    Boxtel, The Netherlands

  3. Wij wensen onze familie heel veel sterkte met dit grote verlies.
    TINA blijf in mijn hart en gedachten.

  4. Our deepest condoleances with the passing over of Tina M. Mikus. We wish her family strength and love during this difficult and sad time. Nico en Loes van Heesch. Schaijk The Netherlands.

  5. We’ve shared much laughter, shared so many tears.
    We’ve had a spiritual kinship that grew stronger each year.
    We are sisters by birth, we’ve known each other from the start.
    Memories ever lasting.
    Love you, Tina.

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