Nedra Gail Cipcich (nee Hinton) 79, passed away November 26, 2019.
Beloved wife of Anthony (Tony) Cipcich, loving mother of Steve (Brenda Peers) Cipcich, Kristine (John) Cremins, Andrea (Ben) Cobbett. Grandmother to Jadelyn, Jack, Ben, & Tony. Big sister to Ed (the late Dorothy) Hinton, Don (Nancy) Hinton, and Leslie (the late Paul) Torres.
Nedra was born in Chicago on June 2, 1940 to the late Edwin & Adele Hinton. She graduated from Westcott Vocational High School in 1958. Her first full-time job was at First National Bank in downtown Chicago. It was at the bank that Nedra became friends with Barbara who fixed up Nedra with her uncle, Tony Cipcich. They married on the first Sweetest Day of 1961. Before she married Tony, Nedra became Catholic and found peace in the Catholic faith where she took on roles as a CCD teacher, eucharistic minister, and sang in the choir at St. Mary’s.
Nedra worked at a variety of places including Holy Cross Hospital, Waldom, Dr. Fernandez’s office, and Christ Hospital and made friends at each of these places—Betty, Sister June, Fely, Eileen, Diane (& Bob) Fran, Beverly, Ed & Pat, Mario, the late Dr. Earl and Maxine, just to name a few.
Although she wasn’t a doctor, she could diagnose like one, and after leaving Christ, Nedra continued to do medical transcription from home, so she could continue shopping at her leisure. It was a sad day when Marshall Field’s and Carson’s closed on Nedra, but she was truly looking forward to the opening of Von Maur.
Being from Chicago, she was a big Bears fan and followed them closely. Of course, watching the Bears isn’t good for anyone’s cardiac health, but Nedra could not be deterred. She was willing to risk her life cheering for the bears 😉
As a mom, Nedra enjoyed giving unsolicited advice to her kids. She would say, “If your mother can’t tell you (such and such), who can?” Nedra was bold, funny, sassy, loving, caring, and a hard worker. People always enjoyed having a conversation with Nedra because she was sure to make them laugh and turn a terrible situation into a funny story in the telling. Nedra was a diligent employee and taught her children to have a strong work ethic. She rarely called in sick and often went above and beyond what was expected of her at work. Although she was a hard worker, she also recognized the downside and would tell her kids “the reward for being good at your job is MORE work.”
Nedra wasn’t happy about the slow decline she was experiencing as she aged, but she continued on—first, with open heart surgery to clear blockages, then eventually—oxygen. The addition of other ailments—COPD, CHF, and diabetes certainly didn’t help her situation. As recently as last month, she said “I would be fine if I died now—I’ve lived 10 years longer than my own parents and 79 is a good age.” She then decided to sign a DNR and made sure to tell her immediate family. She stayed in charge until the end, when she refused to open her mouth for water and tried to take off her oxygen. She was not scared to die, but wanted the pain to stop. We know the phrase is overused, but she truly IS in a better place now.
Memorial Mass Saturday December 7, 2019 at 10 A.M. at St. Alphonsus Church. Interment Private. Arrangements entrusted to Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home, Lemont. Info 630-257-2123 or www.gerharzfuneralhome.com