Kathy Ann Mitacek

Kathy Ann (Yurth) Mitacek, nee Yurth, 64, passed away at her home in Hinsdale Oct. 3, 2022, surrounded by family after a long battle with thyroid cancer.

A 30-year resident of Hinsdale, she was born in Fort Madison, Iowa, in 1958. She grew up with her siblings in and around Burlington, Iowa, and attended Oak Park Academy in Nevada, Iowa. Kathy had a passion for learning, and attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich., and completed her degree in medical technologies in 1983. Later she earned a master's in health care administration from University of St. Francis in 2000.

She had a long career in the medical field in the Chicagoland area and always enjoyed giving back to her coworkers.

For holidays and special events, she would go above and beyond to celebrate with little gifts and make memories with those she worked with. Her attention to detail, thoughtfulness, fearlessness, curiosity and generous spirit will long be remembered.

Kathy was a loving and involved mother. She always helped with whatever her daughters were into - Pathfinders, school events, camping, ski trips, driving to and from Great Lakes Adventist Academy and so much more. She encouraged her children's interest and always found a way to make things possible even if funds were limited.

Her home was open to all who needed a place to go on holidays and Home Leave. She was a grandmother of seven and loved to see each of her grandchildren grow and learn. When visiting, she loved to go on day trips with them.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Wilma Coleman Yurth Krishinger, and her father, Martin Yurth.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Mitacek; her daughters, Patricia (Ovidiu) Halip, Kristiana Mitacek, Kasandra (Joseph) Vacek, Jacqueline Mitacek; her grandchildren, Darius, Daniel, Ezra, Olivia, Stella, Charlotte and Desmond; her siblings, Bruce Yurth, Stanley (Mirian) Yurth and Patricia (Mark) Battenburg; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 201 N Oak St., with a visitation to follow.

All expressions of sympathy including flowers are welcome. Donations to the Mitacek family for end-of-life care expenses are greatly appreciated and can be made in person or through her memorial page online at https://EverLoved.com/life-of/kathy-mitacek/donate/. Charitable donations may be made to the HSDA Worthy Student fund, which helped support the education of her daughters at Hinsdale Adventist Academy in person at the HSDA Church or online at https://www.hsdac.org.

Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.