Jarmila A. Mlcuch
Jarmila A. Mlcuch
  • August 26, 1924 - July 29, 2017
  • Glen Ellyn, Illinois

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Jarmila Mlcuch, daughter of Frank Donda and Hedvicka Sustr and sister of Jerome, grew up in Chicago. Being of Czech decent, she moved to Czechoslovakia at a young age before coming back to the United States, where she attended school and graduated from Farragut High School.

Jarmila met her husband, Vincent Mlcuch, in the late 1940s when they were paired together as dance partners at a fundraiser for a hospital in Prague. On July 15, 1950, they were wed. Jarmila worked as an executive secretary for Sears for many years. She and Vince lived in Cicero during their early years of marriage and started a family in 1955. They had three children, Tom, Maryanne, and Laura, and settled down in their newly built house in Glen Ellyn in 1957. When all three kids were in college, Jarmila went back to work as a secretary. She retired in the early 1980s. In her retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

Throughout her life, Jarmila was very involved in the community and was a real social butterfly. She knew and talked with everyone in her social groups, including Sokol, Ceská Beseda, Garden Club, Ladies Auxiliary, Coffee Clutch, ACES (American Czechoslovak Engineers Society), and her local church.

Jarmila enjoyed life to the fullest. She spoke fluent Czech and loved to travel, especially to Europe. She was an avid cruiser, and she and Vince were even Gold Members of the Princess Cruise Line. She was a great singer, always the first to start three different versions of "Happy Birthday" or a random tune she liked. Jarmila also loved to cook and bake, preparing meals for big family events and holidays. She was a fantastic polka dancer, bunco player, and liked watching musicals, including In the Good Old Summertime and The Shop Around the Corner. Her favorite TV shows were The Andy Griffith Show and The Golden Girls. Jarmila was also a card shark till the very end. She enjoyed playing Kings in the Corner, 13, and 31. Often times she would complain about losing, but she rarely did. She was and will always be a winner.

Jarmila was preceded in death by her parents and brother. She leaves behind her husband, three children, seven grandchildren, Tony, Michelle, Lauren, Taryn, Jarrett, Nicole, and Alexa, and three great grandchildren.