Evelyn Citak, age 85, of Park Forest, Ill., passed away Feb. 7, 2014 in Somerset, Ky.
Born in 1928 to Polish immigrant parents, she grew up during the depression in Chicago finding means to study piano. She was gifted in music and became a competitive classical pianist, winning competitions during her high school years. In 1947 she married a US Coast Guard veteran, and soon after moved to the Chicago suburbs. There she raised five children and was active in several civic organizations and in her church serving as organist and choir director.
She held a strong faith in God, which she shared with her church and family.
She enjoyed gardening, cooking, camping, and sharing her music. She taught piano and held regular recitals in Park Forest for many years, having as many as 30-plus students per week. She enjoyed playing a variety of music, including classical concertos, sonatas, contemporary show and pop tunes, church hymns, children's songs, or whatever was needed or desired. She was a musical inspiration to many family and friends who have her to thank for their own musical pursuits.
Moving to Somerset, Ky. in 2000, she continued to share her infectious cheer, humor, love, music, and devotion to God with children, grandchildren, relatives, and friends.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Lucile Bukowski Heyman; her husband, Albin Citak; her son, Ralph Citak; a brother, Edward Heyman; and a sister, Florence Peterson.
She is survived by her children, Raymond Citak, Dr. Brian Citak, Dr. Michael Citak and Catherine Citak Morman; 12 grandchildren, Ben Citak, Teresa Lawrence, Ann Citak, Nicole McColley, Michael Citak, Aaron Citak, Erika Citak, Matthew Citak, Robert Citak, Katherine Citak, Rachel Morman and Lauren Morman; and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Evelyn was held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at the chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.
The family is having a private graveside memorial service in Illinois.
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Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Evelyn Citak.
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Viola Keith Nicholas was born Sept. 5, 1921 to the late William and Alice Jones Keith and she departed this life to her eternal home on April 7, 2014, having attained the age of 92 years.
She was a devoted wife to the late Wesley Nicholas for 50 years. She was a faithful member at Grave Hill Baptist Church where she taught the Ladies Sunday School class for many years. She retired from the Pulaski County Board of Education. After retirement she served as a foster grandparent at Oakwood Training Facility for special needs children. She also volunteered at the Burnside Elementary preschool program, giving her time, talents and love to the 3 and 4 year old children whom she adored.
Viola is survived by two daughters, Diana (and Austin) Alton, and Tana (and Tom) Chesney; one son, Rex Nicholas; and three brothers, Robert (and Barbara) Keith, Danny (and Ann) Keith, and David (and Ellen) Keith.
She was also blessed with many grandchildren and all were special to her.
Other than her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two sons, Wayne Nicholas and Gale Nicholas; two grandsons, Ricky Alton and Michael Nicholas; a granddaughter, Karen Alton Cogdill; and the following siblings: Alicie Super, Emerine Neeley, Mattie Keith, Maggie Godsey, Bertha Duncan, Clara Helton, Otis Keith, Clora Hardwick, Vergie Keith, Grover Keith, Mertie Yeskie, Lowell Keith, Joyce Sellers, Bill Keith, and Jim Keith; and the following step-siblings: Murphy Owens, Geneva Hill, Louise Fritts, and Reva Jones.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at the chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with Bro. Darry Hatfield and Bro. Doyle Worley officiating.
Burial will follow in the Grave Hill Cemetery.
The family of Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to The Grave Hill Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 85, Tateville, Ky. 42558, or Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, Ky. 42503.
Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas.
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