06:34am Sunday 12 July 2020

It’s Twice as Golden – Two Loyola Patients Turn 100!

“It’s such a privilege to care for all my patients and so exciting to be a part of celebrating 100 years of life of two amazing people,” said Dlugopolski, a primary-care physician with the Loyola University Health System.

Born the son of a coal miner in Chicago, Anthony Rudis turned 100 on Jan. 14. Though he made an impact around the world, Rudis always lived close to the city he loved.

“I’ve always felt that the world is my oyster and that life is precious and priceless,” Rudis said. “But you have to realize what is really important and make priorities.”

Rudis did just that. He was the founder of a steel fabrication business that supplied resources for the nuclear power industry, as well as locks, dams and the U.S. Department of Defense. He was the president of the Lithuanian American Council, International Trade Club of Chicago, director of Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, director of National Strategy Forum and even ran for U.S. Congress in 1958.

Even with all these accomplishments he never lost sight of what was important to him: his Catholic faith, his family, which includes four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, but most all his beloved wife, Mary, who passed away after 68 years of marriage.

“She was everything to me. She was the sweetest girl in the world and so intelligent. I am who I am because of her,” Rudis said.

“Mr. Rudis has lived an amazing life and I smile when I know he is coming for a visit. He has the best sense of humor and never dwells on the problems. He’s always looking for the positives,” Dlugopolski said.

“Dr. Dlugopolski has given me such a pleasant, positive attitude toward the medical industry. When you turn 100, not many people want to listen to your stories, but she always listens. She’s someone I know I can talk to and someone who truly cares,” Rudis said.

Mr. Rudis lives in Monee, Ill., with his son Tony Rudis, Jr.

Though born half a world away, Agnes Komperda also has a strong Catholic faith and has lived a life to be emulated. She will turn 100 on May 18.

“You can see the impact she has had when you meet her family. They are so caring and loving and you know that started with Agnes,” Dlugopolski said.

Born into a farming community in southern Poland, Agnes continued the tradition by marrying a farmer. They had six children, one who passed away as an infant. During World War II, Agnes’ husband and two older children were sent to the United States because of her husband’s American roots.

“For seven years we were separated,” said Sandra Zarembski, Agnes’ oldest daughter. “Mom never let it get the best of her. My mom was always the strong one, always busy and always caring.”

Through all the pain and strife, Agnes continued to focus on the good in her life. To earn money she became a seamstress in the local village and made sure the family stayed close by writing letters to one another. The Komperda family was reunited in 1948.

“Mom is always looking out for others. She asked God to let her live a long life so she could take care of her bachelor son. I guess he answered that prayer,” Zarembski said.

Agnes loves going to church, singing and being outdoors. She continued to garden until she was 96 years old and now enjoys watching the birds.

“Dlugopolski is such a wonderful doctor. She is encouraging to all of us as we care for our mother. She never gives up and we know we can trust her to give our Mom the best care,” Zarembski said.

“I wish everyone had a family like Agnes’. They are so concerned about her and make her a priority. Agnes is such a warm person and almost always has a smile on her face,” Dlugolpolski said.

Agnes lives with her son, Stanley, in Chicago. She has nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

“It is such a joy to care for these patients. They have so much to teach me and I thank them for letting me be a part of their lives,” Dlugolpolski said.

For media inquiries, please contact Evie Polsley at [email protected] or call (708) 216-5313 or (708) 417-5100.

Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, Loyola University Health System is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and 28 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola University Hospital, is a 569-licensed-bed facility. It houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus in Melrose Park includes the 264-bed community hospital, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness and the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Care Center.

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