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Even More Sad News.

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Mama, an avid reader who became blind, is seen here listening to an audiobook.

This Month, my Mother Passed Away.

(What follows is an edited version of her obituary, written by my sister. )

Joan Alice, or “Joanie” (as everyone called her), 88, died on December 11, 2020.

Joanie was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Frank and Lillian Olejnicki Fijolek, and was a true city girl until moving with her husband, Ted, to Lindenhurst, Illinois, in 1956.  Ted and Joanie were among the pioneers of the village, and their early years were chronicled in her book Love, Joanie: Letters from the Suburban Frontier.

Joanie was a career homemaker.  A devoted wife and mother, she was an excellent cook and slapdash housekeeper who preferred digging ditches, hauling dirt, gardening, listening to opera and reading to such drab chores as washing dishes and/or ironing.  She enjoyed camping, and made even the most…

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Sad news.

My dear son-in-law died at home early Wednesday morning, after a long struggle with complications from Type 1 diabetes mellitus. He was only 46 years old. He and my daughter had been married eleven years.

My daughter and her husband (2009).

He was the author of two of the autograph books I published:

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Having a Rest Cure.

If it isn’t one thing, it’s another, getting in the way of my writing!

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I had a bad set of complications develop from medication, so after spending the past weekend in the hospital, I’ve checked into a rehabilitation facility. I don’t know how long I’ll be here, and although it’s a pleasant enough place, I’ll be working hard with physical therapy and occupational therapy to get up to speed and back home again.

Here’s hoping all my readers are doing well!

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