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Karen, my sincere sympathy goes out to you with the passing of your Mother. She lived such a long life. Both Mom and Dad were truly blessed. I am sorry that I was unable to attend the Monday morning service. Congratulations on becoming Mrs. Hoover, and I hope to see you at the March breakfast.


Posted by: Mary Ann DiSantis - Palos Heights, IL - Friend   Jan 08, 2013

I have known Mildred & George Raatz since I was 13. I do not know a more joyous and loving couple. They did everything together and injoyed life to the fullest. I always marveled at the energy for live they had. I remember going to thier house as a teenanger,traveling to Michigan & Hot Springs. They were always a joy to be around. I pray that they are still together.


Posted by: Robert Olsick - Lemont, IL - ex son-in-law   Jan 08, 2013

Dear Family, I've known the Raatz family since the 1950's when they moved across the street from my family. What an awesome celebration of life. There were so many treasured moments and vacations our family shared. Mrs. Raatz was a spirited, happy, loving person who brightened lives around her. All of us are better for having known her. I'm sure my parents were part of your greeters at the gate! With Sympathy, Barb and family.


Posted by: Barbara Swatnick Martin - Orland Park, IL - Neighbor   Jan 07, 2013

I am very sorry for your loss.
May all the good memories fill your heart always.


Posted by: Leanne Jankowicz - chicago, IL - Friend of Karen   Jan 07, 2013

A friend of Karen's, I met Mrs. Raatz (and Mr.) in 7th grade. We spent many fun times at their house, and I remember how gracious, and happy Mrs. Raatz always seemed to be. She had a great smile. What a great lady! I am blessed to have had her touch my life. I am so glad she was surrounded with love, comfort, and joy her whole life. She did savor the journey. How sweet!


Posted by: Judy Gibbs Burton - Bonita Springs, FL - Friend of Karen   Jan 06, 2013

Mildred,like my parents, who were from the Mt. Greenwood/South Chicago area, was a part of what has rightly been called the "Greatest Generation". Their strength and effort through very difficult times is what has brought us the freedom to pursue the life we now enjoy. I never met Mildred, but can see from the photos here that she had that strength, and can also see the light and kindness in her eyes.


Posted by: Mark Grotzke - Midlothian, IL - Friend   Jan 06, 2013

Thoughts and prayers for your family. May your find strength in happy memories of your Mom.esF93


Posted by: Ruth Hoover - Glendale, AZ - Friend   Jan 06, 2013

What a Beautiful, Charming, Kind Lady.
I am a very lucky guy to have known her and to have her as a Mother-In-Law.
I shall never forget the smile on her face when she was asked if it is time for “Happy Hour.”
For Millie, every hour of every day was HAPPY.
She will be deeply missed, but her beauty shall ever endure.


Posted by: Rick Hoover - St. Charles, IL - New - Son In Law   Jan 05, 2013

I remember Mrs. Raatz as always being enthusiastic and interested in what "the girls" were doing, whether it be a fashion show in the basement, or attempting to play the piano, she was always there with a smile and a kind word. Mr. and Mrs. Raatz lived a beautiful love story that endured decades, an inspiration to everyone. God bless her and may she rest in peace with her beloved George.


Posted by: Marlene Nevell - Bonita Springs, FL - Friend of family   Jan 04, 2013

Mrs. (and Mr.) Raatz were my parents best friends. We grew up across the street from them on 91st Hamlin in Evergreen Park, IL. I remember Mrs. Raatz used to grow fresh herbs. Everytime, I would go over to thier house to see thier daughter Wendy, I would smell that wonderful fresh mint. I remember Mr. & Mrs. Raatz were avid tennis players. I can still see Mrs. Raatz in her cute little tennis outfit. She was always very kind

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Posted by: Jeri Swatnick Parks - IL - Neighbor   Jan 04, 2013