Theodore “Ted” Ralph Mitka, 31, died on Oct. 5, 2022 after a lengthy hospitalization for multiple infections. Born on June 28, 1991 to Michael and Gloria (Christopherson) Mitka in Chicago, he grew up in Oak Park and River Forest, attending Oak Park and River Forest High School, where he participated in volleyball and soccer, and graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, with a degree in psychology.

After college, he worked as a project assistant for a Chicago law firm. More recently, he was working to become a software developer. Outside of school and work, he was an avid videogame player and enjoyed few things more than playing games with friends.

He received kidney transplants twice over the years, from both parents. He was an active participant in three Transplant Games of America where he competed on the Team Illinois volleyball and basketball teams and also participated in table tennis, badminton and track and field events.

His health challenges didn’t sidetrack him from meeting life head on, with grace and courage. He remained an optimist who cherished life, his family and friends.

Those who mourn his passing include his parents, his brother Nathan, his grandmother Dolores Arnett, many aunts, uncles and cousins, and a host of friends.

A memorial service will be held on Oct. 22, 2022 at United Lutheran Church, 409 Greenfield St. in Oak Park. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. with the service at 11 and lunch to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Transplant Olympics Team Illinois, c/o Leah Howell, Treasurer, 1307 S. Wabash Ave., #605, Chicago, IL 60605, or on its website at Make a Donation | go-team-illinois ( The Team has asked that donations be noted in memory of Ted).

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