Margaret was born in Auburn, Illinois on May 29, 1919, daughter of the late Andrew and Elizabeth Dudish. She was raised in Milwaukee and Racine. She graduated with honors from Park High School and was a cheerleader. Margaret was united in marriage on Aug. 30, 1941 at the Hungariean Evangical Reformed Church (later called Providence Presbyterian Church) to the love of her life, Frank Orban. They celebrated 59 years of marriage.
Margaret was very proud of her Hungarian heritage. She was a Sunday school teacher and was a member of the Ladies Aid. The church then merged with Covenant Presbyterian Church where she is a dedicated member. Margaret was a wonderful cook and made great desserts along with numerous Hungarian specialties. While her life calling was making a home for her family, she also found fulfillment in working at Hamilton Beach, Masik’s Meats, and Eitels. She enjoyed participating in school activities with her daughter, loved gardening, playing cards, dancing and watching her grandson play football. Her strong faith and favorite verse “I can do all things through GOD who strengthens me.” enabled her to face life’s joys, sorrows and challenges. Margaret was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, loyal friend who will live on in the kindness she showed, the comfort she shared and the love that she brought into our lives.
She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Judi Smith and Jamie Brooks; grandson, Jason Smith (Becky Burseck); niece, Joanne Dudish of AZ and nephew Andy (Linda) Dudish of PA, on her side; sister-in-law, Elaine Orban; many nieces and nephews on the Orban family side; other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sons-in-law, Bill Brooks and Bruce Smith; brother, Andy Dudish; sisters, Ann (Ladis) Zahalka, Julie Dudish; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Kay Dudish, Lorraine (Wally) Orban, Irene (Einer) Jensen, George Orban, Richard (Glendora) Orban; and nephew, Wally Orban.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Melanie Hammond Clark officiating. Entombment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to her loving caregivers, Jacqueline Christmas, Phyllis Wear, Ginny Vasquez, and Maggie Cruz. They provided her with laughter, joy, comfort, love and tears as Margaret’s walked through her journey through dementia. Also, much love and gratitude goes out to her neighbors Chantisa (also a caregiver) and her husband Seth Knecht who watched over Mom. Both were always there to support and help Margaret. Thank you to Wheaton Franciscan Hospice, especially to Mary Jensen, her care giver and to Jill Zungolowicz, her aide. Lastly, much gratitude and love to Pastor Melanie Hammond Clark.