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Michael J. Liszka, 74, of Sycamore, Illinois, died Friday, November 24, 2017, at Kishwaukee Hospital.
Born February 19, 1943, the son of Frank and Bertha (Krowka) Liszka, Michael married Linda Bakke on September 30, 1967, in Sycamore.
He was a veteran of the US Army, serving two years, 1966-68, at Fort Benjamin Harrison, just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana, serving in the United State Army Enlisted Evaluation Center. He and his wife Linda, then moved to Sycamore in 1970, as he began work at Northern Illinois University as a Senior Systems Analyst. He earned his Master's Degree from NIU in 1972. His undergraduate degree was earned in 1966, at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, prior to his service in the Army. After a few years of teaching and working at NIU, Mike became the director of Data Processing at Kishwaukee College in 1978, a position he held for more than 25 years.
Mike was an active member with the Sycamore Kiwanis and DeKalb County Crime Stoppers. While his children were in school he also served a term as president of Sycamore Sports Boosters.
He was also very active in Scouting, both as a youth and as an adult. As a youth he attended two National Scouting Jamborees. The first in 1957, at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The second, in 1960, at Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Golden Jubilee (50th Anniversary of Scouting). He was a longtime Boy Scouts troop leader, with the former Boy Scout Troop 45, at Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore. He also loved Studebaker automobiles.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Tom (Kim) Liszka of Davis, David (Emily) Liszka of Naperville and Mary (Jacob) Angermo of Sandefjord, Norway; grandchildren, Allison, Katelyn, Jack, Elly and Charlie; and siblings, Diane (Dick) Robertson and Edward Liszka.
He was predeceased by his parents.
Visitation will be held from 4-8pm on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, IL.
A private family memorial service and burial at Elmwood Cemetery is planned.
A memorial fund to be established.

Condolences & Shared Memories (12)

  1. Anna Floit

    Dear Linda, Mary, Dave, and Tom, I'm so very sorry for your loss. I tried to get to Sycamore from Nashville for the visitation, but I couldn't make it happen. Though I couldn't be there, I do pray for peace and comfort for all of you and hold you close in my heart. Much love to all of you.

  2. Elaine Cozort

    I worked with Mike for many years at Kishwaukee College. He contributed so much to the success of that school and was always willing to help staff members with a question. I also was fortunate to "bump into him" from time to time during retirement. We enjoyed some wonderful conversations. My sympathies to the family and all the friends who will miss him so much.

  3. Anne-Marie Eggleston Green

    To the Liszka extended family - Loss means you had something special. I worked with Mike at Kishwaukee College and remember him as a smart and earnest man. I was always amazed at the math he could do in his head! We were all lucky to have had him in our lives. Thinking of you all.

  4. Justin Fierz

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mike. I have such fond memories of growing up together as neighbors and of Mike being a great and involved Dad in so many of the kids activities. I hope that all the great memories you have of Mike will comfort you through this challenging time. God bless you all.

  5. Mary & Stu Vitkus

    We will always have the great memories of the ole DP at Kish with Mike at the helm. Fun times back in those old days of 5 1/4" disk installations on those blazing fast zenith pc's that had just come out!

  6. Lori(Fox) Newell

    Dear Linda, Tom, Dave and Mary, My heart is breaking for you all. I am praying God's comfort and peace to cover you. May His presence be strong in the days ahead as you walk through the sadness. I will continue to pray for you all as the days and weeks go by. I so wish I could fly up to Sycamore today from Texas. I love you all dearly!

  7. Marilyn and Dale Beaman

    Sending our condolences and love along with lots of hugs. We cannot be at the service, but want you to know that we will be thinking of you and sending prayers your way.

  8. Herman Hansen

    Very sorry for your loss of Mike. We did not know each other very well at all, but I was always aware of his very good work and contributions in the field of Data Processing. I was also in the same position for 37 years, most of that time at Duplex Products, in Sycamore. Mike and I helped each other a bit during that time. I am not surprised that he did such great work also for the Boy Scouts. I was once a Boy Scout myself. Sincerely, Herman Hansen DeKalb, Il

  9. Jørgen Ludvigsen

    My condolences to Linda and the entire family! From Linda's cousin Jørgen in Moss, Norway.

  10. Sue Doederlein

    When our children were little, life was soccer and Southeast. Linda and Mike were AYSO; they were the parents who were always present for their children and the children of others. Although Mike was at Northwestern and NIU as my late husband, Arthur, and I were, we didn't overlap because of Mike's military service. Mike was the quiet, competent, good dad; he wasn't loquacious, but he was solid, earnest, and caring. Linda, my heart aches for you; you've lost your rock. Tom, Dave, and Mary, you know what it means to have a truly good father; I know how much you feel your loss. May the memories of your life together and the love you shared sustain you through these very difficult times.

  11. Marilyn Hindenburg

    I am sorry for your loss. I will be thinking about you and the family but unable to attend.

  12. Ina Heup

    Dear Dave, Please accept my deepest sympathy as you mourn the profound loss of your father. While I never knew Michael, I know that he raised a fine son who is making a difference in the lives of many precious young people. Thinking of you in this time of great sadness.


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