The life and times of the Wigoda Family
Olga Cibulsky Wigoda, 89, of Zion, passed on November 7, 2011, while surrounded by family and pets in her home after suffering a catastrophic stroke weeks earlier. She was born March 17, 1922, to Anna and Peter Cibulsky in Danzig Free State (today Gdansk, Poland). The oldest of four, graduated from Morgan Park High School and attended Wilson Junior College, where she wrote for the school paper and was a cheerleader. She earned a private pilot’s license in the mid 1940’s, held various government jobs, was very active in the Waukegan Community Players and Mr. L’s Carousel Theatre, and volunteered at Chaplaincy Book Store. Olga was an active member of Condell’s Centre Club in Gurnee where she kept worked out numerous times a week to stay in shape. Olga enjoyed lounging in her hammock, reading the newspaper, walking her dogs, visiting the lake, thrift shopping, dumpster diving, feeding the Zion geese and other stray creatures, like human beings. She practiced a reusable “green” lifestyle. Olga was a supportive mother and grandmother. Some of the words she lived by included “Do what you want,” “Try everything once,” and “Have learning experiences.” Olga was a free spirit and was quoted in the
in 1977 as saying “Everything is kinda on an impulse around here.”
Olga is preceded in death by her siblings: Arkadia Leonard (Codge) and Anita Conley; and her ex-husband, Jay Howard Wigoda (Poppy). Olga is survived by her family: her brother, Allen Cibulski, of Las Vegas, Nevada; her children: Hal Wigoda of Chicago, Kira Wigoda (Dan Sobel) of Maine, Lisa Wigoda of Quincy, Rena Wigoda-Mikkila (Mike Mikkila) of Waukegan; her grandchildren: Jack, Maija, Carly, Nolan, Zoë, Eli and Max; dogs: Rocco, Sheba and many friends.
Olga cared for hundreds of pets over the years.
Those wishing to make donations in Olga’s memory
may make them to the
ASPCA, Chicago location: 157 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654.
A celebration of Olga’s life will be held at a later date in 2012.
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