Obituaries

Chivas Claudette Makaroplos

May 16, 1942 - October 18, 2014

Chivas Claudette Makaroplos, 72, of Oswego and formerly of Batavia passed away October 18, 2014 at her home.  She was born May 16, 1942 in Seattle, WA the daughter of Claude Harold and Lois (Calkins) Overstreet.  She was united in marriage to Alex N Makaroplos October 28, 1965 in Chicago IL. 

She is survived by her brother Dennis (Emmanuelle) Overstreet; two sisters Jean (Anthony) Paulauskas of Burbank and Amber Sullivan of Park Ridge; two daughters Cathy (Tom) Hall and Mary Jo Makaroplos; four grandchildren, Christopher, Jonathon, Nicholas and Josh; many nieces and nephews; dear friends, Arden and Lena Warner of Oswego, and James and Lan Brooks of Winfield.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Alex and two brothers Kirk Overstreet and Bill Walford.

Visitation will be held 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Moss Family Funeral Home 209 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL  A private burial will be held in Blackberry Cemetery in Elburn. 

Guest Book

  • Bill Ashmanskas What makes Fermilab seem more like a home than a workplace is the great sense of community among the many people the Lab brings together. Chivas had a big role in that sense of community, by creating a warm and comfortable space where so many of us would gather on Friday evenings. We will miss her!
  • Herman White We extend our condolences to the family and other friends of Chivas. She was kind and very special, and we will miss her.
  • Lucy Nobrega Chivas' warm, welcoming manner made the Users Center her own. I will miss her smile and her wit, and remember her for the strong and amazing woman that she was. My deepest condolences to her family and close friends.
  • Rhianna To her family, and everyone touched by her warmth and kindness through the years, my deepest condolences. She was a special person and will be sorely missed.
  • Harpreet Singh Always smiling and welcoming. I can't imagine User Center without her. Rest in peace.
  • Ron Kellett My friend who loved to hug and had a warm smile when we met for the first time, each time we met. I remember your ways of encouragement and a mischievous side that I really miss. To her family that showed a caring beauty that Chivas shared, my most sincere condolences. Her memory will continue to inspire and bring a smile! rjk
  • Giorgio Chiarelli Chivas was a special person. When I was at Fermilab, Users' was really home to me. And she prepared for me the best Martinis I ever had... She really took care of everybody and we felt that warm feeling. My wife and I will always remember her.
  • Bob Tschirhart and Jaci Green Our condolences to Chivas' family on her passing. Chivas was such a bright light of joy in the Femilab community and we will miss her very much. Bob Tschirhart & Jaci Green
  • Robin Erbacher, John Conway, Ian (6), and Troy (2.8) Chivas was such a loving, generous woman, who took care of so many visitors to Fermilab, and took care of so many locals and dear friends as well. It is hard to come to Fermilab now and miss her warmth, her smiles, and her presence in this community. We miss her greatly, and have countless fond memories of the time we have spent with her. When we lived here, we saw her weekly or more, after softball games, during holidays, birthdays, collaboration gatherings, or just when we wanted to relax with friends. When we commuted here periodically, she made us feel like we had never left, and always welcomed us as good friends. Some fond memories after we had Ian: He got kicked out of FNAL daycare for "crying and screaming too much" and we had CDF meetings and needed help. She agreed to watch Ian all afternoon in the UC (which was closed) and she took care of him, played with him, napped him, and treated him as family. She snapped photos and posted them at the UC so every time we'd visit we saw Ian was still part of her UC family there. She gave Ian his first "job", too: she showed him how to "sweep" the carpet to pick up the popcorn, how to scoop popcorn, etc, and then paid him a fun $2 bill, which I still have saved for him today, as I promised I would. I think of her each time I see it. He also used to like to get way up on a stool and sit with her and drink apple juice and play with her. She gave him a couple of decks of Toy Story cards after she played with him, and we still have them today. I think of her when I find them each time. She was like a grandparent away from home for him, and she was definitely our wonderful friend here.
  • Maria (Sungwon), Alxe, Dongwook She is a caring person and she is like a grandmother to kids playing around User Center. It is hard for us to think UC without her. Rest in peace, Chivas.
  • Mary Ellyn McCollum Deepest sympathy to Chivas's family. During Chivas' toughest times, she always managed to smile and make you feel welcome. A delightful person that will truly be missed.
  • Merrill and Wini Albertus She always knew your name with kindness and graciousness - a great loss
  • Dick Adamo Remembering Chivas at this time. Condolences to her family. Rest in peace Chivas.
  • Ernest and Vivian Villegas Our deepest sympathy to Chivas's family. Her kindness and genuine care for others made her loved by so many people. We were truly blessed by knowing this wonderful woman and will miss her very much.
  • Jean and Erik Gottschalk We wish to express our condolences to the family and friends of Chivas. We will greatly miss her friendship and warm generous spirit.
  • Mike and Beth Witherell We and our daughter have many happy memories of Chivas. She had the gift of thoughtful attention to those around her--she truly cared for others, and her presence at the Users’ Center made it a comfortable, welcoming place.
  • Leon and Ellen Lederman Chivas made the User's Center what it was meant to be: a warm, inviting and lively place, where visitors to the Lab found a place to mingle, talk physics and a myriad of topics. She will be missed. Leon and Ellen Lederman
  • Yolanda Martinez Our sympathy to Chivas's family. Chivas will clearly be missed. She was a remarkable person.
  • Ric Oropez My sympathy to Chivas's family and all the friends that knew here in the Fermilab community. I shall remember her as a very good, kind caring friend. We will all miss her!
  • Peter Shanahan The warmth she brought to the Fermilab Users' Center for countless users and employees will be long remembered. My condolences to all Chivas' loved ones.
  • Suzanne Saxer Chivas was such a caring, nurturing person. I will miss her very much.
  • Crae Tate Chivas never failed to make me feel welcome. She had a warm heart and shared herself generously. She will be dearly missed.
  • Don and Lauri Carpenter It was a pleasure and a privilege to have know the wonderful Chivas. May she rest i peace.
  • Joe O'Connell Such a warm and friendly person. I am sure she will be remembered, and missed, by the hundreds of lives from around the world she touched at Fermilab.
  • Barbara & Pier Oddone Our sympathy to Chivas's family and her friends in the Fermilab community. We remember her unfailing kindness and feel fortunate to have known her.
  • Barb Book Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. I worked with Chivas for 2 years at Chez Leon at Fermilab, and never seen a more polite, fun and hard worker such as herself. Chivas will be dearly missed. Barb Book Plainfield, IL
  • Nancy Sells Warmest condolences to the family of Chivas. She was a remarkable person and she will be greatly missed. Peaceful thoughts to you all during this difficult time.