MorningStar’s extended family mourns loss of director
By Mike Nolan Sun-Times Media May 4, 2013 4:30PM
Terri Micetich (left) and Marilyn Farmer
Updated: June 6, 2013 7:17AM
For Terri Micetich, working at MorningStar Mission Ministries was as much a calling as it was a family affair.
As the Joliet-based organization’s director of development, she worked alongside her mother, Marilyn Farmer, MorningStar’s longtime executive director, and her father, Dave, MorningStar’s director of operations. Years ago, Micetich’s grandfather was on the group’s board of directors.
On Saturday, Micetich’s family, MorningStar’s staff and those helped by the Joliet woman’s efforts were mourning her loss.
She died on Thursday due to complications stemming from a bowel obstruction and a blood clot, according to Jackie Kinney, MorningStar’s volunteer coordinator.
Along with her parents, the 41-year-old Micetich is survived by her three sons — John, 14, Joey, 13 and 9-year-old Davey.
Kinney said Micetich had spent more than a dozen years with MorningStar, initially doing the job that Kinney does now. She had served as director of development the past five years, responsible for tasks including applying for grants for MorningStar, soliciting contributions from businesses and overseeing the organization’s major fundraisers, such as Box City of Hope.
The faith-based organization provides food, clothing and shelter to the homeless.
Marilyn Farmer has been MorningStar’s executive director since early 1997.
Kinney said that, at MorningStar, Micetich “was always willing to give 150 percent of herself for any project she worked on.”
“She put her all into everything she did,” Kinney said.
Kinney said she had known Micetich for more than two decades, and that Micetich’s sons referred to Kinney as their aunt. Kinney, describing the close friendship the women shared, said Micetich’s death was akin “to losing the left side of my brain.”
Along with her work at MorningStar, Micetich was on the alumni board of directors for Joliet Junior College. She was a 1993 graduate of that school, earning an associate in arts degree.
Visitation for Micetich will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Road, Joliet. Her funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, starting at the home.
In lieu of flowers, Micetich’s family is asking that donations be made to a fund being establish to support her sons. Contributions to the fund, or donation’s to MorningStar in memory of Micetich, can be made by contacting MorningStar at www.morningstarmission.org.