Sallie Bolakowski, 1926-2017

Sallie F. Bolakowski, 91 years, of Union Mills, formerly of Chicago, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017.  

She was born January 8, 1926, in Chicago, IL, to the late Jacob and Margaret Fabisiak.  

Sallie worked as a clerk at Headquarters Fifth Army and later as a Bookkeeper in charge of the payroll department at South Shore Hospital in Chicago, commuting to work daily until she was 80, even taking her paperwork home in the evenings. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wanatah and enjoyed sewing and crocheting. Sallie will be remembered as a strong person and a hard worker who was dedicated and disciplined. She will be dearly missed.

Sallie married Joseph Bolakowski, who preceded her in death in 1981. She is survived by their children: Thomas (Marla) Bolakowski of Hanna, and Richard (Brenda) Bolakowski of Hanna; grandchildren: Joshua (Dru) Bolakowski, Jenna (Dan) Layton, Amy Bolakowski and Neil (Kelsey) Bolakowski; great-grandchildren: Kasey, Taylor and George Layton, Ivy, Theo, and Kate Bolakowski. She was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.

A funeral Mass will be held Friday, October 27, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 202 N. Ohio St., Wanatah, with visitation from 8 to 9:45 a.m. at the Wanatah Funeral Chapel, 309 N. Main St., Wanatah. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wanatah, or to the donor’s choice.

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