Mildred H. Stefanski (nee Banas), 99, a 10-year resident of Oak Park, formerly of Chicago, died on April 6, 2020. Born on Sept. 25, 1920 to the late Peter and Caroline Banas, she lived on the near West Side of Chicago in St. Anne Parish and married Chester Stefanski on Aug. 5, 1944. They raised six children. She worked as a frame assembler, later packing and filling orders for a candy company. After retirement, she spent a lot of time happily caring for her grandchildren and vacationing with her children. She was deeply devoted to her Catholic faith and always put family first. Whether it was Easter, Christmas, birthday parties or backyard barbeques, Mildred was there celebrating. She was loving, kind, generous and always wanted to lend a helping hand. She was a loyal Cubs fan and was fortunate to witness the 2016 World Series win.
Mildred was the wife of the late Chester J. Stefanski; the mother of Lawrence (Sandra), Susan (Joseph) Tennutti, Bonnie (Robert) Mather, Bernard (the late Frances) Stefanski, and Paulette Onesto and Marcia Moreno; the grandmother of Darlene, Peter, Lawrence Jr., Joy and Stephanie, Gina and Joey, Heather, Kristen, Lauren, Eric and Kelsey, and Annette and Anthony; great-grandmother of 11; sister of the late Mary (the late Bernard) Ligman, Casey, Frank (the late Elizabeth), Walter (the late Josephine), Louis (the late Frances) Banas, and Mabel (the late Louis) Kman; and the aunt and great-aunt of many.
Private interment was held at Resurrection Cemetery. A memorial mass will be held at Ascension Church in Oak Park at a later date.
Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.
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