OBITUARY

Lela Pearl Sekowski

May 15, 1952September 3, 2020
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It is with very heavy hearts, that my sister Ali Dixon and I announce that our mother Lela Sekowski unexpectedly passed away last month. We are deeply saddened by her loss but also thankful for every minute we shared with her.

Lela Pearl Sekowski, 68, of Kenly, NC, formerly of Wheaton, IL, passed away of complications from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 3rd, 2020, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, NC.

Celebration of Life services will be at 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 17th, at Chapel Hill Gardens West Funeral Home & Cemetery, located at 17W201 Roosevelt Rd, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. Remembrances will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Lela was born on May 15th, 1952 in Chicago, IL, a daughter to Donald Gau and Juanita Godwin. She is survived by her daughter Alison Dixon (Johnathan Dixon) of Kenly, NC, and son David Sekowski (Allecia Sekowski) of Chicago, IL, grandchildren Elizabeth Watson, Aidan Lederer, Damien Lederer, and Lincoln Sekowski. Also surviving are her siblings Thomas Rogers (Carol Rogers), Helen Rogers, and Robert Rogers (Sue Rogers).

Lela worked in accounting support at Sun Chemical Corp in Northlake, IL for over 25 years before retiring in March, 2014. She loved her work, her boss, and her team. She always appreciated their support and friendship. She was greatly saddened when she left Sun.

She was an avid media lover; watching movies, listening to music, reading books, and playing games. She sponsored many midnight movie screenings, album launch parties, and marathon gaming sessions. Through this passion she fostered a love for creativity, imagination, and artistry in her children and grandchildren.

She had an infectious smile and laugh, a wonderful sense of humor, and a razor sharp wit that made her a great and fast friend to everyone she met. She was always the “cool mom”; easy to talk to, never judgmental, unrelentingly supportive. To her children, she was a best friend as much as she was a mother. She was selfless in every aspect of her life, sacrificing her own needs and happiness to put her family and friends first. No one could ask for a more giving and gracious person in their lives.

Lela knew that her health was declining rapidly and this gave her time to reflect on her life. She felt content and accomplished, having raised a wonderful family, and seeing her grandchildren happy and healthy. She didn’t wish anything for herself except more time to “see their bright smiles shine on her”. She will be greatly missed by everyone that had the great fortune of knowing her. Her love will shine on us, and through us, forever.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Liver Association.

Condolences may be offered online at the funeral home’s website. WWW.Chapelhillgardenswest.com

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Donna Young (Beasy)

October 15, 2020

May God comfort you. My sister and I were very sad to hear this news. Lela was our step-sister. We had asked about her many, many times over the years, but were always told some excuse or another. They either didn’t know where she lived, she didn’t want us to bother her or they didn’t know how to contact her. We remembered her kindness, her sweet heart and her gentle ways and spoke of her often fondly. We had always hoped to see her again, so this news hit us a bit hard. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Dear Lela.....
Diane Tribbett (Beasy)
Donna Young (Beasy) - dsyoung@purdue.edu

Diane Pisowicz

October 12, 2020

Lela was always a cherished sister to me! Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. If health issues were not currently in the way we would certainly be there to celebrate her life with you all!

Judy Barzycki Noah

October 11, 2020

Lela and I were cousins. I am sorry for your loss, she was a special lady and loved her family very much. Thoughts and prayers are with Lela and your entire family in this time of need.

Liz Scherer

October 11, 2020

I worked with Lea for many years at Sun. She was a real peach, and I am so very sorry to hear this. My prayers and deepest sympathies to her family.

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