Margaret Poznak Mine

Long-time Hyde Park resident Margaret Poznak Mine died peacefully at age 93 on Aug. 1, at Montgomery Place where she had been a resident since 2014.

The daughter of John (Ivan Alexeivitch) Pozniak and Yetta (Yospe), immigrants from Byelorussia (now Belarus) who had met at a left-wing organization in Chicago in the years immediately following World War I.

Margaret grew up in Lawndale and attended Lawson elementary school. She graduated from Marshall High School in 1945. She attended Herzl Junior College, went on to study English literature at the University of Chicago, and ultimately received her B.A. from Roosevelt University. 

In 1953 she married Richard Yoshijiro Mine, Jr., also a U of C student, whom she met at a Hyde Park bookstore. He died in 1999.

Margaret’s first job was at the Sears Roebuck catalog warehouse in Lawndale. Later she held various editorial positions, including with the Journal of the American Medical Association and as an assistant to Professor Mitford Matthews on his “Dictionary of Americanisms on Historical Principles.” She also worked as an instructor for the American School of Correspondence.

Her volunteer roles included Toy Chairman of the Hyde Park Tot Lot; representative of former Murray School students on the Bret Harte Elementary School Education Council; and college counselor with Catalyst for Youth, as well as assisting the Chicago Ethical Society and the reproductive rights advocate Dr. Lonny Myers.

Margaret was a meticulous writer of poetry, and penned frequent and occasionally acerbic letters to the Hyde Park Herald and other periodicals.

Margaret is survived by her brother, Fred Poznak of Chicago, her son Andrew and three grandchildren. 

Services are private; arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058 or www.cremation-society.com.

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