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Margaret L. Miller (nee Lafnitzegger), 81, a 74-year resident of Northbrook, passed away July 8, peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family.
Margaret was the beloved wife of the late Fritz K. Loving mom of Jeffrey K. (Kim), David M. (Gina) and Gary D. (Inga) Miller and Kristen M. (Timm) Carsello and the late Fritz K. III. Devoted and loved grandma of Carl, Grant and Dean Miller, and Samantha, Jackson and Brecken Carsello, and John and Nick Miles. Dear sister of Fred (Liz) and Richard (Jane) and the late Joey and Bobby Lafnitzegger. Fond aunt and cousin to many. Beautiful daughter to the late Ignatz and Mary (nee Stadler) Lafnitzegger.
Margaret was born and raised in the restaurant business. After having a tavern in the city, her parents moved out to the “country” and opened Ignatz & Mary’s Grove Inn, in Northbrook, in 1945.
Starting at a young age, she dedicated her life to working in the family business where she did everything from cooking, baking, bartending serving, hosting and more. She ultimately met the love of her life, Fritz Miller, through the same industry, co-owner of the Cypress Inn, in Northbrook. They got married in 1964 and eventually ran Ignatz & Mary’s Grove Inn together until its closing in December of 1986.
They had four active children who kept them busy. She was a loving mother, who along with her busy schedule, could be found cheering on her kids from the sidelines or volunteering at school. Later in life, she did the same for her grandkids, whom she loved dearly.
Margaret enjoyed spending time with the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Red Hat Society and volunteering her time at St. Norbert Church, Northbrook Days and the Historical Society. She also worked at a local uptown Northbrook favorite, Fashions by Jane, and was a devoted Cubs fan. She had a zest for travel and was fortunate enough to travel the world. She had a gift of serving others, always putting everyone in front of herself.
Among the things we can all learn from Margaret is the importance and beauty of the lost art of handwritten notes. She felt that these simple acts of investment, remembrance, gratitude, and appreciation can show the people who matter to your life that they are important to you. In her final weeks she taught us about what really matters in this world; family, faith and love.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 19 at St. Norbert Church, 1809 Walters Ave, Northbrook from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, July 20, from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m., interment All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to CurePSP, 1216 Broadway, 2nd Fl, NY, NY 10001 or www.psp.org.