Dr. Irene J. Hojnacki D.O. age 84 passed away on December 16, 2013. After serving in the Army, she put herself through medical school and eventually formed her own practice. Dr. Hojnacki was also on staff at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital and Medical Center where she served as Chief of Staff for several years.She led a Christian life of devotion and service to her family, friends, and patients. Her philanthropic endeavors are countless, and her robust spirit, zest for life and smile would light up a room and open hearts.Dr. Hojnacki peacefully passed away in her home surrounded by her dear friend and surrogate family. She will be deeply missed and the world is certainly a more remarkable place because she was here.Preceded in death by her parents Matthew and Anne Hojnacki, sister Phylis Bochuchinski, and brothersFrank and Matthew Hojnacki. She is survived by her dear sister Lily, loving friends, and extended family.Visitation Wednesday, December 18 from 4:00PM until 8:00PM at Steger Funeral Home, 125 E Steger Road (34th Street), Steger, IL. Funeral mass at 10AM on Thursday, St. Liborius Church, 35th and Halsted Blvd., Steger, Illinois. Interment: Holy CrossCemetery, Calumet City, Illinois. Info: (708)755-3400.