Muriel "Mickey" (Sokol) Koenig

Born: Sun., Jun. 10, 1928
Died: Fri., Feb. 15, 2013


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Feb. 19, 2013
Location: Malone Funeral Home

Funeral Service

8:00 PM Tue., Feb. 19, 2013
Location: Malone Funeral Home

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On Friday, February 15th, Muriel “Mickey” (Sokol) Koenig’s’ heart finally lost its long battle for life, as all of our hearts eventually do. But in her 84 year effort of life, which includes 61 years of marriage, she stood as a symbol of what a person with desire, commitment and love could accomplish.

Born June 10th, 1928 she soon found herself living in Chicago, Illinois. Upon reaching her teen years she attended Schurz High School, where she eventually became head cheerleader for one of the largest high schools in Chicago during World War II.

After graduating, she worked for the state government for a couple of years before meeting Frank Koenig at Byrnes’ Tap on St Patrick’s Day in 1950. On September 29th, 1951 they married.

That union led to five children: Kurt, Mark, Ruth, Brad and Mary; six grandchildren: (Mark) Kara, Kade and Nick, (Ruth) Katie and Clint Vatterodt, and Austin, (Brad) Chase and Trey and four great-grandchildren: (Kara) Logan, Luke and Avery and (Kade) Hudson.

While raising her children Mickey embraced every challenge that came her way. When she moved downstate to Washington, Illinois, the city girl learned how to drive in her 30’s. She took up golf and bowling, becoming good at both. She was a fantastic home cook, an accomplished seamstress and was a natural when it came to interior decoration.

She accomplished all this while raising five future college graduates (four of which were Division One athletes) with a husband whose work included significant travel.

Her compensation was the love and appreciation of her children and Frank. She never lacked for gifts from her husband. They went out when they could, loved to dance and had great parties. Later, as he rose to senior executive positions, they traveled extensively, visiting many resorts and countries around the world. Her children always remembered her birthday and anniversary and always made the effort to be with her for the holidays.

Living in Geneva, Illinois since 1978, she enjoyed the Fox Valley area and the shopping, particularly the Little Traveler, and the Merra-Lee shops. When Frank retired they both were able to travel more and visit their family and friends.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 8:00 pm at Malone Funeral Home 324 East State Street (Route 38) Geneva.

Burial will be held privately.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

Her favorite charity was Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly, of Chicago - 355 N Ashland Avenue Chicago, IL 60607-1019. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts to them would be appreciated.

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Les and Betty Horve
   Posted Sun February 17, 2013

Betty and I are so sorry to learn of Mickey's passing. I remember the great times we had at the RMA meetings and the CR functions. Betty and I always wanted to sit at your table when we went for dinner because you two would keep us laughing.

Betty and I will never forget the day we went to see the Bears play with you and Mickey. It was SO cold but Mickey warmed us up with her comments. I believe the Bears lost but it turned out to be a fun day anyway.

Best wishes to you Frank and also to your family.


Mark Spreitzer
   Posted Mon February 18, 2013
Frank & Family,
Oh, so many stories and fun throughout the years. I had the pleasure to have you as a (gritty) boss for some 7 or 8 years, and was blessed to have met and occasionally partied with Mickey and your 5 fine children. Although the passing of your mate of 61 years is traumatic, please try to focus on all those crazy and wonderful times spent together. Celebrate her life and all those that she lovingly touched. God bless and help you and your family....Mark

Frank Charhut
   Posted Mon February 18, 2013
Diane and I wish to express to you our deepest sympathy on Mickey's passing. We remember the good times we had at RMA meetings.
Frank Charhut
(Chicago Allis Mfg. Corp)

Betty Vanerstrom
   Posted Mon February 18, 2013
Dear Frank and family,

I am very sad to hear about the passing of Mickey. I have so many fond memories of the happy times we spent together...The Saints reunions, the cruise to Mexico and you guiding us around San Francisco and ...Oh, the Happy New Year's Eve parties at the Marriott! I know this a very trying time for you and the family, But the memory of Mickey is a keepsake.

Fond Love, Bets V

Denise Neufeldt
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
Dear Frank,

My sister learned of Mickey's passing while researching geneology. I call my Aunt Violet tonight to let her and her daughters know. I am very sorry about Muriel. I remember all the stories my dad would tell me a while they were growing up. My Dad also spoke very highly of you. I am unsure why we did not see you again you both moved back to IL. I never understood it. I have looked for Kurt and Mark on FB and Linked In. Even though the distance and years have kept us all apart you are all part of my memories and my heart. Love, Denise

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