Dagmar Schreckeis

27 August, 195113 February, 2021

Obituary Dagmar Schreckeis (August 27, 1951 – February 13, 2021)

A passion for reading and books, a zest for travel, shopping and dining out, and bottomless caring for family, friends, neighbors and her cats: these are characteristics that defined Dagmar. Her favorite performer, John Prine, probably sang about all of this.

She was born to Gina Bastianic and Rudolf Schreckeis on August 27, 1951 in Pula, Croatia. In 1955, the family crossed the Atlantic to the USA. Dagmar made herself known on the ocean liner. As soon as her parents left the room at night, she played with the buttons to continuously page the stewards and crew. At her parents angry return, Dagmar always blamed sleeping younger sister, Hilda.

Dagmar lived her whole life in Chicago. Early childhood was marked by the birth of baby brother, John (whom she immediately doted on and protected), and by numerous moves to new neighborhoods/new schools. No matter. Dagmar made friends everywhere and did well in school. She graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School in 1969. Then she attended Northern Illinois University where a little black cat, Scarlett, captured her heart. Graduation was prevented by a serious medical condition at the very end of her Senior year.

When Dagmar worked for a company, she gave it her all. Her career began as a proofreader and then editor for engineering consultants to the power industry, Sargent & Lundy. Later she was an integral employee of The Savvy Traveller. She loved working at this previous downtown landmark and helping people who came from all over the world to buy books and travel items there. Her last position was with the Midwest Operating Engineers Fringe Benefits Office. From receptionist duties at the Local 150 union hall to participating in the digitalization of mailroom paper records, Dagmar brightened the days of people she met and worked with.

Family and friends loved Dagmar traveling the world because she always brought back suitcases packed with souvenirs for them! Exotic destinations included cruising the Nile in Egypt, Peru, Spain, Portugal (including Fatima), and Paris. She was just as happy exploring US destinations to visit Uncle John, or Aunt Leni and Uncle Joe, or old friends who had left Illinois. Before the pandemic, Dagmar found great joy going to all kinds of festivals, especially Shakespeare festivals.

To enable everyone who loved and will miss Dagmar to attend her memorial service, evites will be sent out for a Zoom meeting in the near future. Please contact to be added to the evite list.

Dagmar is survived by: Sister - Hilda Schreckeis-Munch (Michael Munch); Niece - GinaMarie Myers (Anthony)

Brother - John Schreckeis (Jean Marie); Nephew - Christopher Babich (Katie and Grandnephew Max), Grandniece – Lisa Marie Babich; Nephew - Scott Babich

Uncle - John Schreckeis

Cousins - Rudy Hain, Brigitte Hain and Frederick Hain


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Pamela Zidarich

26 March 2021

Dagmar was my neighbor for 15 years. She was a kind and pleasant person. I wish I got to know her better. I do know however how much she cared about her animals something she and I have in common. I am so sorry for your family’s loss of such a kind and gentle soul.

Joy Zavala

26 February 2021

Hilda, John and Family, I am so sorry for your loss and will certainly miss Dagmar. She was a very caring and warm person. Dagmar really did enjoy traveling, culture and eating and drinking in fine-dining restaurants. For over 40 years, we would go out to dinner to celebrate our birthdays and Christmas. Three of us would be loaded down with giant bags of gifts and it would take a few hours to have dinner and open all the wrapped boxes and packages. They are such great memories. We would dine at the newest and trendiest Chicago restaurants (and would boldly give our personal thumbs up or down personal ratings). Please accept my deepest sympathy at this difficult time.

Nancy Smith

23 February 2021

Living directly across the street from each other, Dagmar and I were very good friends for many years! We would go grocery shopping together, loved to eat out in restaurants, and just enjoyed each other's company. Dagmar was a kind person and a dear friend, and I will miss her very much. I extend my sincere condolences to Hilda, John and the entire family.

In deepest sympathy,
Nancy Smith

Joan Lycardi

22 February 2021

Dagmar, her Mom Gina and I lived in the Clearing neighborhood for a very long time. We would talk as she passed my house everyday going back and forth to work. We both had a love of books, art and music. When emailing was "the thing" before texting and FB, we often exchanged opinions. She was a quiet woman but very nice and always interesting. I was upset to hear of her death. She will be missed. Rest in Peace my friend.

Diane Lucinski Kleber

21 February 2021

Dagmar was one of my dearest and closest friends for over 50 years since meeting in high school, even though we did not live in the same city and state for most of that time. A unique and wonderful person, she became a part of my extended family-- loved and appreciated by my parents, brother, husband, and children. Her unexpected passing came as a shock and I am missing her more than I can say. Hilda and John, you and the rest of her family and her many, many friends have my deepest wishes for comfort and healing and warm memories.

Victoria Whitney

20 February 2021

We are so very sad to hear of the passing of Dagmar. She was a dear and good neighbor for so many, many years on our Latrobe Avenue/64th Street block and she will be sorely missed! It was always nice to visit with Dagmar throughout the year but especially during our annual block party and other little social gatherings. It is difficult to know the perfect words to say at a time like this, but we want Dagmar's family to know how very sorry we are and how much she will be missed.
With our deepest sympathy,
Rich & Vicki Whitney

Stephen Lucinski

20 February 2021

Hilda, My deepest condolences to you and the family on the passing of Dagmar.

Mary Gunn

19 February 2021

I met Dagmar at Gina and Anthony’s wedding. She was a warm, loving person. I know she will be missed.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time.

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