Martha Morrow-Vojacek, a longtime resident of the Chicago area, died peacefully at home on June 20, 2021, her 85th birthday, surrounded by her family. She lived with her family in several locations in New England, settling in Richmond, Indiana, where she completed high school and attended Earlham College. She met her first husband, Robert Morrow there and in 1957 the couple moved to Hyde Park, Chicago. In Hyde Park, she later met her second husband, Joe Vojacek, a U. of C. alumnus and Chicago City Colleges professor of English and the Humanities, whom she married in 1983.
A piano student since childhood, Marti’s love of music later included singing in the Disciples of Christ church choir and with the U. of C. Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta Company. She also sewed costumes for the G&S operetta company and enjoyed sewing clothes for herself and her daughters. An excellent cook and baker, she loved trying new recipes. She was a patient and generous teacher of these skills to her daughters. Eventually, she completed her B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature at Chicago’s Roosevelt University and worked for 20 years as an administrative assistant at the University of Chicago Divinity School and International House, retiring in 1998.
She supported her husband’s passion for collecting antique Americana and the two of them spent countless hours on the road, looking for treasures and the “perfect piece.” She enjoyed this travel immensely and frequently struck out on her own to visit her daughters where they were variously studying, working, and living around the U.S. and in Europe, including a three-week trip to Vienna, Austria, to stay with daughter Rebecca in 1989.
In 2004, they moved to Oak Park to be nearer to daughter Lisa and Lisa’s family. They were frequent patrons of several popular Oak Park restaurants and loved attending their grandsons’ middle and high school theater productions. Always an avid reader, she had ample time in retirement to enjoy her favorite genre, mysteries; attend movies and other theater productions; apply her love of words to crossword puzzles; and participate in quilting retreats with daughter Debbie. She and her husband made frequent trips to West Michigan and Champaign to visit daughters Debbie and Rebecca.
She loved people — meeting them, talking to them, learning from them, and sharing her own experiences. She will be dearly missed by all.
Marti is survived by Joe Vojacek, her husband of almost 38 years; her three daughters, Deborah (the late Philip Kaldon), Rebecca, and Lisa (Benjamin Weinberg); and her two grandsons, Elias and Leo Morrow Weinberg.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a memorial donation to the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC, afsc.org – Donate) or the BRAVO! Performing Arts program at Brooks Middle School in Oak Park (www.bravoperformingarts.org – Support).
A memorial gathering in the Chicago area is being planned for the autumn.