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Collette E. (nee Gesicki) Babicz

April 26, 1932 ~ February 20, 2018 (age 85)

Collette E. Babicz, nee Gesicki. Age 85 of Park Ridge, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2018. Collette was born on April 26, 1932, to the late Joseph and Elizabeth Gesicki, nee Jastrowski. She is survived by her childhood sweetheart and husband of 60 years, Donald Babicz. Loving mother of Cheryl (Thomas) Gutzwiller, Mark (Angie) Babicz and Lisanne (Erik) Roth. Beloved grandmother of 14: Michael, Ryan, Christina, Nicole, Matthew, Nicollette, Anthony, Katherine, Erika, Alex, Annalyse, Brandon, Collette and the late Mark, Jr. Dear sister of Joseph (the late Roberta) Gesicki, and the late Roselyn (Harry) Herbert and Helen (Medard) Adamski. Devoted aunt of many nieces and nephews. Collette graduated Salutatorian from Cardinal Stritch High School and attended Loyola University in Chicago on a scholarship. Collette had a beautiful singing voice, winning the title of "Miss Voice of Chicago" in 1955. She sang on numerous radio and TV shows during that decade. Collette was a member of the St. Paul of the Cross Choir for 53 years and was a soloist for many weddings and funerals. Collette enjoyed the camaraderie of several dear friends, whether it was on the golf course, attending her monthly book club meetings, or seeing the latest musical or play. Visitation Saturday, February 24, 10:30 a.m- 12:15 p.m. at Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, 120 S. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge. Funeral to follow at St. Paul of the Cross Church. Mass 12:30 p.m. Entombment All Saints Mausoleum. Memorials to the Carmelite Monastery, 949 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016 or MaryKnoll Fathers, www.maryknollsociety.org, are appreciated.  

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