Visitation for Mildred “Monnie” Tutomase (nee Radosta), 100, of Palatine , will be held, October 9, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Joseph’s Home, 80 W. Northwest Highway, Palatine. Interment will follow at Maryhill Catholic Cemetery, Niles.
Mildred Emanuella Radosta was born March 20, 1923 in Chicago. Her parents, Charles and Elizabeth Radosta immigrated from Sicily. Her first job was at the Continental Radio & TV Company. She married Frank Tutomase on October 9, 1943. Monnie has always been a "family first" person. No matter what she had to do, she took care of her family first. She loved to cook and entertain. Feeding people was her passion. She took pride in her home and made sure her parents, husband and children were well taken care of and fed very well!! Family and friends who visited were treated to her homemade Italian dishes which were better than a fine dining establishment in downtown Chicago. Hands down, Monnie made the best Italian cookies during the holidays and family gatherings. Monnie joined the St Joseph family in 2012 moving into the apartments. Once her culinary talents were discovered she was often called to help Sr. Mary Timothy prepare Italian dishes for special occasions. Monnie took great delight in cooking for the Little Sisters, especially preparing her special 'sugo' (sauce) for Little Sister's feast day. Monnie is a self-taught artist and accordianist and could play by ear. She also played the organ, often entertaining the residents and Little Sisters. Her smile could light up a room and her laugh contagious.
Mildred was the beloved wife of the late Frank Tutomase; loving mother of Carol (Don) Parker, Linda Knapczyk; loving grandmother of Amanda (Tom) Frangella, Duke (Natalie) Parker, Gina (Pete) Johnson; loving great-grandmother of Ethan Parker ; dear daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth (nee Fanara) Radosta; fond sister of the late Vince (June) Radosta: Loving Aunt, Cousin, Godmother and Friend to many.
In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to the Little Sisters of the Poor, C/O, the St. Joseph’s Home, 80 W. Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60067.