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With her estate, local woman supports RMC Patient Care Addition

Mary DeMichael: With her estate, local woman supports RMC Patient Care Addition

Mary DeMichael took great pride in the northwest side community she called home and considered Resurrection Medical Center her neighborhood hospital. When she died in 2007 at the age of 91, she left a $235,000 bequest to the Resurrection Health Care hospital on Chicago's northwest side.

Ms. DeMichael lived for 40 years in an Edison Park condominium she shared with her sister Violet. She was a selfless woman whose strong sense of family and Catholic faith were grounded in her youth in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood. Mary was devoted to her siblings, niece and three nephews, spending two days each Christmas preparing homemade ravioli and cream puffs for holiday celebrations. An award-winning employee of CNA Insurance, she attended mass each week at Saint Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Park Ridge and enjoyed collecting figurines, reading and investing in her spare time.

Her generous gift will be used to support the five-story Patient Care Addition at Resurrection Medical Center scheduled to open in 2010. This $80 million project will include all private patient rooms, an expanded ICU, a new Cardiodiagnostics Center, and comprehensive Physical Rehabilitation Unit.

Her sole surviving sibling Anthony DeMichael and his son, Tom DeMichael, worked with administrators at Resurrection Medical Center to select an appropriate project for Ms. DeMichael's generous bequest. "The DeMichael family is grateful that part of Aunt Mary's legacy will be enhanced patient care and comfort at Resurrection Medical Center," Tom DeMichael said.

A charitable gift annuity is a fast and simple way to make a gift today and still enjoy a lifetime income. For more information, contact Moira McGinley, Presence Health Foundation Office of Gift Planning Services, at 312-308-3244.

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