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A memorial service for Harriet will be held on Sunday, June 23rd at Drake & Son Funeral Home at 5303 North Western Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60625 (telephone: (773) 561-6874)

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Harriet (Gryskiewicz) Di Cerbo

March 16, 1960May 30, 2019
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Harriet Di Cerbo neé Gryszkiewicz, 59, passed away at home on May 30, 2019. Beloved wife of Lou Di Cerbo for nine amazing years. Sister of Terri (Steve) Meinel, Ellen Harrison. She was preceded in death by her loving parents.

She attained her Bachelor's of Arts in Journalism from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. After working for many years in corporate human resources for BP Castrol, PNC Mortgage and The Children's Place; in 2003 she started her very own business as a Executive Coach. Working for herself as Mosaic Path, she offered coaching to corporations and nonprofit organizations and training services for companies nationwide.

She loved making mosaics, was a voracious reader and an enthusiastic cook. She loved crafter beers and visited over one hundred breweries with Lou. She relished time with her extended family. She enjoyed long relaxing walks in city parks and nature reserves in the Chicagoland area. Going to the theatre and to see live music was a cherished pastime. She liked winding down after a long day with her Ipad games.

A memorial gathering will be held at Drake and Son Funeral Home, 5303 N Western Ave, Chicago IL 60625, ON June 23, 2019 from 12-4pm.

Donations can be made in Harriet's name to the JourneyCare Foundation, which supports the efforts of the hospice service that cared for Harriet in her last days: https://journeycare.org/donate/

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Mary Rondenet

June 17, 2019

Harriet was a beautiful Soul and wonderful Coach. She was the person who helped encourage me to continue on with my own coaching and business. She was one of the teachers in my IPEC training and loved her style of teaching. She helped me to see my own gifts as a severely hard of hearing coach and how I could bring these gifts to the world. Thank you Harriet and so sorry you left the planet so soon!!❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼❤️
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Biography

Harriet Di Cerbo (née Gryszkiewicz) was born at home in Suwalki, Poland on March 16, 1960. She was the daughter of Antoni Gryszkiewicz and his wife Genowefa “Jenny” Gryszkiewicz (née Tylenda) and the sister of Ellen Harrison and Terri Meinel. In 1962, she and her family sailed on the M.S. Batory for a new life in America. They settled in Racine, Wisconsin with the help of Harriet’s aunt Jadwiga Simovic, who was already living there.

She attended Wadewitz Elementary School, Washington Middle School and Gilmore Middle School. Harriet graduated Horlick High School in 1978. She then studied at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1982.

Upon graduation from college, Harriet worked in Houston, Texas for The Children’s Place, first as a store manager and then as human resources specialist. She would dedicate the rest of her life to the human resources field. Harriet later moved to the northwest suburbs of Chicago and worked in human resources and corporate training for Sears Mortgage (later PNC Mortgage) and BP’s Castrol division.

She left the corporate world in January 2003 to start her own coaching and training business, Mosaic Path. Harriet earned her Empowerment Coach certification from iPEC in New Jersey, from whence she also received her Energy Leadership certification. Over the years, she would provide executive coaching and training services to major corporations and not-for-profits such as BP, Barilla, Butler University, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago Scholars and the Indianapolis Airport Authority. She also worked as a trainer for iPEC, leading sessions for aspiring life coaches who were earning their certifications.

Harriet was active in the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (“SHRM”), and she was an editor of the local SHRM newsletter. She also published her own popular email newsletter “On the Path”, which featured her wisdom on topics pertaining to self-empowerment as well as anecdotes from her life.

Harriet was a very successful coach and trainer, and she earned the lasting respect, admiration and affection from those she coached and trained. Through her personal coaching and training sessions (both by telephone and in person) and her newsletter, she inspired many people to follow their dreams, improve their career capabilities and skills, and achieve breakthroughs in their personal and professional lives.

In 2002, Harriet met the man who would eventually be her husband, Lou Di Cerbo, on Match.com. Lou was an in-house legal counsel for Bank of America Merrill Lynch from 2002 to 2015.

Initially, Harriet and Lou would split their weekends between Harriet’s townhome in Streamwood, Illinois and Lou’s apartment in Chicago’s Gold Coast Neighborhood. Harriet and Lou took a major step in their relationship in 2006 when they jointly purchased a duplex-up condominium in the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood. This would be Harriet and Lou’s loving home until her death.

On June 3, 2010, Harriet and Lou were married in a small ceremony at the Tlaquepaque Chapel in Sedona, Arizona. Lou still describes this day as the happiest day in his life. In September 2010, Harriet and Lou went on their honeymoon to Istanbul, Turkey and Nice and Paris in France. Throughout their lives together, Harriet and Lou traveled to other places near and far, including Door County, Wisconsin, Traverse City, Michigan, Spain, Greece and Portugal.

Aside from travel, Harriet’s passions included poetry (she wrote more than 100 poems in her lifetime, some of which were published), crafting mosaics, cooking, attending the theatre, and playing both card games and Words with Friends. Harriet and Lou also shared an abiding interest in craft beer, and together they visited almost 100 craft breweries in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Harriet received a diagnosis of cancer in October 2018. Lou was at Harriet’s side helping her throughout her battle with cancer. She died peacefully in his arms on May 30, 2019.

Harriet’s light shone brightly for everyone she met and touched. She was a wonderful woman – generous, warm, optimistic, funny, wise and loving. She always saw the best in people and in situations. A member of her oncological care team told her just before her death that she was more than a patient to them. Even during her terrible ordeal, Harriet smiled and showed kindness to the oncological and hospital staff.

Harriet will be profoundly missed by her husband, family, friends and colleagues.

She is survived by her husband Lou; her sisters Ellen and Terri; her brother-in-law Steve Meinel; her nieces and nephews Jaimie Utley (and her partner Corey Szaryc), Nick Meinel (and his wife Jill and their daughters Ava Burki and Clara Meinel), Katie Meinel, Kristi Schwartz (and her husband Paul Schwartz); and her grand-niece Lauren Utley.