Mary Ellen Mika (nee Whelan) passed away peacefully on Monday, January 10, 2022. Mary Ellen faced cancer with grace and courage, surpassing given odds, but ultimately losing the battle, with her family by her side. Mary Ellen was born in Chicago and attended Siena HS and Wright College. Early in her life, she was extremely fortunate to meet her lifelong partner in love, Ronald Mika. They would have shared their 58th wedding anniversary on February 01, 2022. Together Mary Ellen and Ron raised their 8 children.
Family was the most important thing to Mary Ellen. Most of her life was dedicated to providing cherished memories for her family; attending events, vacationing, and enjoying day to day activities. Mary Ellen also worked full-time at Cottage Hill Transportation Company for 15 years. In addition she enjoyed puzzles, quilting, camping, reading, spending time with her grandchildren, and lots and lots of Dominos and card games.
Mary Ellen is survived by her loving husband, Ronald and her seven children: Constance Mika (Victor Salafatinos), Anne (Dave Rowland), Thomas Mika (Deborah), Mary Beth (Andrew Daum), Ronald Mika (Cheryl), Theresa (Michael Salek), and Margaret (Daniel Orlando). Mary Ellen is survived by her 20 grandchildren – Dave Rowland Jr. (Jacquelyn Romando), Elizabeth (Graham Atwater), Dan Rowland (Jessica), Rose (Ollie Threm), Christopher Roycroft, Troy Salafatinos, Jeremy Daum, Matthew Rowland (Natasha), Cole Salek, Zoe Salafatinos, Corey Roycroft, Austin Salek, Patrick Daum, Jackolyn Daum, Mikayla Mika, Pierce Salafatinos, Athena Salafatinos, Wyatt Salek, Lexi Mika and Max Salek. In addition, she is survived by 3 great grandchildren, William, Olivia and Ellis. her brother Jack Whelan(June), her-sister-in-law Joan Mika(Richard), her brother-in-laws Edward Mika(Susan) and James Mika (Jan), several nieces and nephews and her beloved furchild, Sandi.
Mary was preceded in death by her son, Peter, her parents, Thomas Whelan and Elizabeth (Moriarty), and her sister Elizabeth Nilson (James).
Family, friends and others whose lives have been touched by Mary Ellen are invited to Brust Villa Park Funeral Home, 305 S. Princeton, Villa Park, IL from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18, to reminisce, grieve and support each other. A Catholic Funeral Ceremonial Mass will be given on Wednesday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Alexander Church 300 S. Cornell Ave, Villa Park, IL Luncheon to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Joey’s House. It provides therapeutic programming for adolescents and adults with special needs. www.joeyshouseinc.org.
Info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.