Miriam L.'s Story
UTICA - Miriam L. Kourik, 94, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2016, at the Masonic Care Community in Utica.
She was born in Chicago, Illinios, on Aug. 5, 1921, to the late Owen and Tena Vandevelde Klooster and was a 1939 graduate of Beaumont High School in St. Louis, where she was a member of the National Honor Society.
Miriam was very active in the Order of the Eastern Star, having served as Worthy Matron, was a member of the Daughters of the Nile, the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem and the Order of the Amaranth.
She was able to brighten anyone's day with her cheerfulness and smile.
Miriam is survived by her loving and devoted family, her daughter and son-in-law, Lois and Philip Holz of Cooperstown; son and daughter-in-law, Howard Jr. and Sandi Kourik of San Diego, California; grandsons, Brian Kourik and Greg Kourik of Las Vegas, Nevada; and her beloved Shih Tzu, Watson.
She was predeceased by her husband, Howard in 1983 and sister, Elizabeth.
Published on May 25, 2016