Marie S. Lykos, 86, died quietly and peacefully at her home of the past 40 years on Oct. 8, 2014. 

She was born Dec. 11, 1928, in the brick two-flat (where she would reside until she married) located in the Montclare neighborhood of Chicago. Ms. Lykos attended St. William Catholic School and Steinmetz High School, where she was an excellent student.

While at Steinmetz, she was editor of the “Silver Streak” yearbook and a member of the student council, Pan-American Club, the Red Cross, Office Services and synchronized swimming team. She also assisted with processing war bonds 

Both Hugh Hefner and his brother also attended Steinmetz at that time, which became a bit of trivia that was often fodder for conversation later in life. 

Ms. Lykos attended Wright Junior College together with droves of men taking full advantage of the G.I. Bill. It was there that she met the love of her life, a young Greek man named Peter Lykos. 

Peter admired how Marie could recite poetry lines in rapid-fire succession while she adored his sense of humor. Making her laugh was paramount and this would follow and sustain them throughout the rest of their lives. 

The couple married and relocated to Pittsburgh, so that Peter could attend Carnegie Mellon University to obtain his Ph.D. They had three children, spaces — intentionally, Mr. Lykos would say — five years apart so that each could attend college (and, in the process, endure one tuition payment at a time). 

Eventually, the Lykos family moved to Oak Park where Ms. Lycos Marie became actively engaged in numerous volunteer activities, such as the Boy Scouts, as an election judge, OPPL Book Fair, Oak Park Conservatory, the Economy Shop (36 years), and the Frank Lloyd Wright gift shop. 

Ms. Lykos was a natural-born interior decorator, with an innate sense of style. The first polysyllabic word she taught her beloved, and only, granddaughter, Aurora, was “decoration.” She always encouraged her children to be creative and have fun. Three oft-quoted expressions of Marie’s were: “Do it while you can,” “People get funny about money, and “Everybody’s a decorator.” 

She enjoyed knitting, reading, lounging on her front porches, gardening, Bohemian cuisine and maraschino cherries. She liked listening to most and loved watching movies.

Ms. Lykos is survived by her children, George (Carmen), Kristina, and Andrew; sister, Helen (Lyons)’ granddaughter, Aurora; several in-laws, (Barbara Lykos and Tony Susco); and many nieces and nephews, and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Peter.

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