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Lyons mourns former mayor, clerk

 

By Steve Metsch

The village of Lyons will bid farewell on Wednesday to former Mayor Marie Vachata, who died on Sept. 25 at her home.

Vachata, 81, was a lifelong resident of Lyons. She served as mayor from 2001 to 2005, after eight years as a village trustee. Prior to that, she was on the board of School District 103.

Visitation for Vachata will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the village hall, 4200 S. Lawndale Ave. A service is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Vachata had a long career in public service.

She was recipient of the Cook County Youth Service Award and the Cook County Unsung Heroine Award. She was also president of the Engelbert Humperdinck Fan Club, and a 50-year member of her Poker Club in addition to being involved organizations like Sokol, the Mothers Club of Lons, and the Lyons Lions Club

Vachata is the second former village official to die in recent weeks.

On Sept. 14, former village clerk and trustee William J. Polich died at his home. A memorial service was held on Sept. 24.

Polich, 86, was also a lifelong resident of Lyons. He and wife Shirley recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.

Police was an Army veteran, retired school teacher, member of the Lyons Mustangs Athletic Club, and longtime member of the Croatian Fraternal Union of America. He was a bowler, a golfer and enjoyed winters in South Padre Island, Texas.

1 Comment

  1. Antonia Pyzik on September 29, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    I am truly sorry for your loss.



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