Michael Sokolik, 67

Poet and marathon runner

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Michael "Mike" Joseph Sokolik, 67, died peacefully at his Oak Park home on June 15, 2018. Born on July 29, 1950 in Fort Madison, Iowa to Jerome and Bernice Sokolik, the oldest of eight children, he earned his B.A. in Psychology from St. Ambrose University, where he was active in social justice and politics. At Boston University, he completed his M.A. in Social Work and met his wife, Florence. They lived in Kansas City, Boston, and Brooklyn before settling down in Oak Park in 1989. He worked as a supervisor for the Social Security Administration for 35 years and happily retired in 2015.  

An avid artist and writer, he composed over 4,000 poems in his lifetime. He loved running marathons, reading the New York Times, spending time with his family, and making quirky birthday cards for loved ones. He was greatly admired by all who knew him and will be remembered for his enthusiasm and zest for life.  

Mike Sokolik is survived by Florence "Flo" Braum, his wife of almost 38 years; his daughter Emily (Gerry) Amelio; his grandson, Jack; his parents, Jerome and Bernice (nee Kempker); his siblings, Mark (Rita Nafziger), James (Sara), Greg (Gisela), Steven (Janice), Mary Kershner, Tom (LeAnn) and Pamela (Mike) Brown; many nieces and nephews; and his close friends. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20 at Oak Park Temple, 1235 N. Harlem Ave. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.

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