Library Award Recognizes The Gifts Of ‘Marion’s Mark’

Marion Sitkiewicz

The Park Ridge Library Board honored the Sitkiewicz loved ones of Park Ridge at its once-a-year meeting, July 20, in recognition of their contributions that established up the Marion’s Mark software in 2018 in memory of a devoted library patron.

Marion Sitkiewicz was a very long-time patron, who appreciated looking through and artwork. She and her spouse, former Ald. Donald Sitkiewicz, even moved nearer to the library simply because she required to be ready to wander there.

The spouse and children contacted the library workers in 2017 about methods to honor her right after her wellness started to fall short. They worked with Laura Scott and Angela Berger, who were being serving as performing library administrators, and other staff members users to match ways to have her interests be reflected in packages they could enable to fund.

By March 2018, the degenerative muscular repercussions of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) experienced taken much of Marion’s spoken speech and mobility, but she persisted with her laptop and electronics to connect and manufactured absolutely sure guides and discovering were being nevertheless a portion of her life.

And right before there have been pcs? “Mom was our Google,” her daughter Donna discussed then.

Marion manufactured lots of buddies in a fast paced life time. For 44 yrs she was president and CEO of Mid-West Wire Specialties, Inc. She was a earlier president of the Wire Fabricators Association, and active with the Ravenswood Clinic Board of Administrators, the Ravenswood Healthcare Foundation, the PADs method at St. Paul Catholic Church, and the Park Ridge Backyard garden Club.

She and her husband had 5 children, Chris (Holly), Andrew (Fran), Donna (Kevin Martin), Carolyn (Jack Smego) and Janine (Mark) Marzetta.

Her husband and kids amazed her on March 4, 2018, at what was supposed to be a library action for location grandparents and grandchildren. The space was filled with her close friends. She beamed with exhilaration for the rest of the afternoon.

They experienced preferred quite a few specific spots and means where by Marion’s “mark”, a heart well balanced on a stack of guides, could be felt properly into the foreseeable future and manufactured guaranteed she realized in time the legacy that would honor her. She lost her personal health struggle a couple of months later on.

The programs target on finding out, developing, sharing and making. Some areas of the reward begun to be put in position faster, and others waited till library renovations ended up done.

1 summertime system already existed the place small children, grades two by way of six, could exercise looking through out loud with educated treatment canine, to become a lot more self-assured. The 15-minute classes could involve 4 small children at a time, but extra cash allowed increasing the selection of visits to 2 times a month by means of the yr. Library Board President Lauren Rapisand said she was encouraged to have her little ones commence reading to their doggy at property.

Marion appreciated to discover new points, so month to month artwork classes for grown ups would train diverse kinds of art assignments.

She cherished to master about new cultures so packages on journey and regional foodstuff and tunes ended up proposed for discovering about ethnic heritage.

Holding in head that it was important to Marion that guides be accessible no subject exactly where men and women dwell in Park Ridge, the household provided a ask for to have 20 “little libraries” found all around the city. These are miniature situations that look like properties, with two cabinets to keep a selection of textbooks. Like a buying and selling write-up, people today will be equipped to borrow a guide, and switch it with a single they have study.

The library board was told this thirty day period that the 1st of these minimal libraries ought to be showing up before long about city, some on general public house and some on personal yards with the owners’ authorization.

As element of the latest library renovations, a cozy fire was prepared for the “quiet” examining area on the second ground along the Prospect Avenue aspect. The relatives donations also bundled that fireplace in recognition of Marion and Don’s community involvement.

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