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Vicki Ann McIntyre Brezinski arrived safely in heaven on Flight #211 at 72 years old, on Saturday January 20, 2024, while in her home surrounded by loved ones.
Vicki Ann McIntyre was born on February 11, 1951 and brought home to LaGrange, IL, by loving parents Walter J. & E. Marie McIntyre. Vicki's destiny to be a part of the McIntyre family was only further proven when they discovered that she and older brother Mike shared the same Feb. 11 birthday, only 2 years apart.
Vicki spent much of her childhood playing "Cowboys & Indians" with neighborhood children that would become lifelong friends. Throughout growing up, she was a champion swim team member and talented drummer in the Lyons Township Highschool band. She picked up her family's passion for aviation early, channeling her admiration for her father (American Airlines Captain Walter McIntyre) by taking flying lessons and completing her first "solo" flight at 14 years old! When she wasn't busy swimming or taking flying lessons, she pursued her passion for music, playing drums in several bands over the years; her favorite being the all-girl rock bands. After graduating from LTHS in 1969, Vicki attended Northern Illinois University for a few years before "running away to Hawaii to escape campus riots".
Continuing to follow in the family footsteps of careers flying, she began working for United Airlines as an international flight attendant in 1972. Vicki's career with United allowed her to travel the world and included supervising safety training for airline employees; Where she even trained many of the brave flight attendants on September 11th's United Flight 93. Despite having many great accomplishments in aviation, perhaps her greatest was her solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean- with only her childhood "Snoopy" doll by her side as co-pilot.
Having found a second home in Hawaii, she commuted between there and Chicago for many years until meeting the love of her life, Alan "Skip" Brezinski while producing airline safety videos. After they got married in 1991, Skip & Vicki enjoyed their time traveling and having fun boating on the lakes with Skip's children Brian and Carrie.
In 1994, at 43 years old, Vicki was finally able to replace her comedic wallet picture of cleaning products "Pride & Joy" when her real-life pride and joy, daughter Kristi, was born. Despite being considered an "older parent", Vicki was always looked at as the "fun, cool mom" by Kristi's friends.
In 2003, Vicki & Skip decided to trade the snow and city traffic of Illinois for the sunshine and mountains of Las Vegas, Nevada. They even found a house with the best next-door neighbors imaginable- Vicki's parents Wally & Marie. Though Vicki officially retired from United Airlines in 2005, she remained busy by caring for family, playing drums at church and working at the local executive airport and bank branches. When Skip unfortunately passed away in 2007, Vicki, Marie & Kristi ushered in what would be known as their "Golden Girls" era. With 3 generations of strong, beautiful women under one roof, they continued to enjoy their time together until Marie passed away in 2013.
It was during these tough times in life that Vicki and Kristi became closer than ever- and Vicki continued to instill her fiercely independent, yet caring and generous spirit in Kristi. Continuing her lifetime's work of proving that anything is possible, Vicki also showed Kristi how impactful laughter and positivity can be along the way. No matter what they did together, they always made it an adventure- whether it was driving to the California state line for lottery tickets, frequenting local hangouts, watching TV or staying up all night talking.. being together was all they needed to have fun.
And despite life's darkness at times, focusing on the brighter things became easier for them in 2014 when Carrie and her husband Jimmy brought twin boys Blake and Luke into the world; giving "Gramma Vicki" and "Aunt Kristi" 2 new bright lights of love to focus on.
Vicki met her partner Jay in 2012, when they instantly bonded over their love for travel and taking on new challenges. The night they met, Vicki and Jay began laughing while making funny faces doing 3 Stooges skits; It was a laughter that they would continue to enjoy together for the next 11 years as they travelled to places like Costa Rica and Lake Tahoe, acquired their real estate licenses, and even started driving school buses for the CCSD school district together in 2021! Vicki welcomed Jay and his daughter Tara into the family with open arms, and created a combined family unit that will continue to thrive long into the future thanks to Vicki's love.
When Vicki was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2022, she approached it in the same way that she did everything else in her life- with fearlessness and resilient positivity. Whether it was making jokes in the chemotherapy rooms or dancing down the hospital hallways, she always kept those around her smiling. It is this sense of joy that made Vicki so special, and it is her boundless love that will continue to be shared by everyone she met.
Kristi Brezinski (daughter), Carrie Livsey (step-daughter; son-in-law, Jimmy), Brian Brezinski (step-son), Blake & Luke Livsey (grandchildren), Kevin Jay Thiel (partner; step-daughter Tara), Mike McIntyre (brother; sister-in-law, Lyn)
Celebrations of Life will be held over the next few months in both Las Vegas, Nevada, and the LaGrange, Illinois area; Dates/details to be determined soon. Please feel free to leave comments or memories on this page in the mean time.
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