Alberta Polin, 93, of Chicago, formerly of Oak Park and Forest Park, died at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016, surrounded by her daughter Rose Mattax, son-in-law John Buno, niece Shaun Giudice and great-niece Lucero Beebe-Giudice. She passed away listening to a beloved opera while a thundersnow stormed outside the state-of-the-art Elmhurst Hospital where she was tended by hospice, testifying to her lifelong love of drama, beauty and healing.
Born in California, she was the eldest of five children. She received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1949. She was one of four women to graduate in her class, and the first woman to practice as a physician in Salisbury, Maryland. In her later years, she lived in the Oak Park Arms in Oak Park.
She loved all things beautiful, evidenced in her avocation as an artist, her love of opera, and her annual Beethoven parties. She is survived by her children, Bonnie Elise, Charles Mattax, Peter Mattax, Rose Mattax of Forest Park, and Guy Polin.
She will be missed dearly by them, as well as her sisters, Dorothy and Margaret; her granddaughter Shyanne; her niece, Shaun, and her husband, Al; her great-niece, Lucero; her nephews, Alex and Jonathan, and her great-great-nephew and -niece, Ivan and Emma.
She donated her body to science. A memorial service is being planned in the future.
One of her favorite quotes were the words of Einstein: “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” Her family is grateful for the miracle of her life.