Agnes Grabacki nee Brendal, age 90

Written by Brust Funeral Home on October 22nd, 2018

GrabackiSurrounded by her family both physically and virtually, Agnes Grabacki nee Brendal, 90, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2018.  She was the beloved wife of the late Thaddeus Grabacki; incredible mother of Steve (Marianne Kerr), Dave (Jan), Tim (Silvia), Janet (Mitch) Hulet, and Karen (Jay) Jordan. Warm and caring Busia to Ted Madsen, Daniel (Christine) Terrell-Grabacki, Christopher Grabacki, Sebastian (Carina) Grabacki, Phillip Grabacki, Alex (Olivia) Grabacki, Ryan Hulet, Nina Hulet, Andrew Jordan, and Dana Jordan. Loving aunt to many nieces and nephews.  Devoted sister to Elsie Wawrzyniak and sister-in-law to Jeannette Ciesel and Lorraine Brendal. Good friend to all whom she met.

Visitation Friday, October 26, from 4 PM to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Funeral Mass on Saturday, October 27, with 9:30 AM Prayers at Brust Funeral Home to 10 AM Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard.  Interment in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Justice, IL.

Agnes was born in 1927 in a Chicago neighborhood now known as Little Village.  She was the 8th of nine children (Elsie and the late Ben, Pep, Joe, Mary, Gene, Dolores, and Florence) born to Adam and Eleanor Brendal, Polish immigrants who met here in Chicago. Agnes met her future husband, Ted, on a double date with Ted’s sister, Jeannette and her husband Bob. Agnes and Ted married in 1949.

They raised their five children, first in Chicago, then in Westchester. Life was not always easy, but Agnes was a tireless supporter and cheerleader for her children. She hosted many family parties, filling the house with food and fun.  Agnes loved celebrating many Polish traditions with her family and making Polish food was at the heart of every holiday gathering.  Everyone was welcome and there was always room for one more. Though she was always a nervous driver that never stopped her.  Mom made sure her kids got to where they needed to go. No left turns!

Busia was a very active and involved grandmother. She always wanted to be part of the action.  Agnes shared many memorable adventures around the world with her children and grandchildren, directly and vicariously.

Aggie’s incredibly positive attitude and energy was obvious to all who met her. She was constantly thinking of ways to connect with others. No one remained a stranger once she met them. By some strange coincidence, many friends were named “Herbie”.  She showed her commitment to hard work with many years at the St. Joseph High School cafeteria, Lilac Lodge banquets, and the Sacred Heart School after-care program.

Among her many talents was her skill at her favorite card game, Kings in the Corner. You could win only when she wanted you to win.  A true KITC grandmaster!

At the Lincoln Terrace Condominium, Agnes became an active part of the building’s social activities.  She made many friends there and hosted many parties. She then moved to Belmont Village Senior Living Geneva Road. In her short time there, Agnes made good friends and was a visiting angel to many. She encouraged many to dance during musical performances.

Agnes’ family would like to sincerely thank the many caregivers that helped her through the journey. Their compassionate care made her life easier.

Agnes’ wish for all of us is to be happy and constantly reminded us of the power of prayer.  We will be able to always count on her to be our guardian angel. We can remember her best in those times when we are confronted by one of life’s challenges by placing our hand on our heart and asking “What would Busia do?”

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation and the Sacred Heart School after-care program

Call 888-629-0094 for more information.


3 Comments so far ↓

  1. Alisha Ali says:

    I only knew Aggie for a very short time but we became sick sisters instantly. Everyday I would go ahe Aggie and show her my “socks of the day”. She would say that WE had pizzazz but add that I have character. She would make me dance out of the room. I cant dance but became it was Aggie I did my best dance out the door. I loved her the minute I met her. She will never be forgotten. I will think of her everyday when I post my “socks of the day”. I love you Aggie and hope you have a blast in heaven.

  2. Ray & June Wasilauskis says:

    Our deepest sympathy to family. Agnes
    was a very special person. She immediately connected with Ray following the Blackhawks. Phone rang, I immediately handed it to Ray and they talked Blackhawks. Always very positive. We enjoyed her friendship at Lincoln Terrace. We have
    some of the many notes and letters she shared with us. She was a joy and we will always remember her.

  3. Bill Gatz says:

    Sorry for your loss : she was one great lady and made me feel as if I was one of the family .

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