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Desi Talk – that’s all you need to know 13 June 15, 2018 CITY VIEWS By Parag Parikh on behalf of the Parikh Parivar W e are deeply saddened to share that on Saturday June 2nd, our dearly beloved mother, Dr. Shobha Deven Parikh passed away at the age of 73 (November 27, 1944 – June 2, 2018). She is reunited in love and spirit with her father Kanaiyalal Shah and mother Kapilaben Shah. Mom was a real life super-hero. In ways that were not fully appreciated. She gave life, she helped others deliver life, and she saved lives. As an ER and Family Physician in Chicago mom treated well over 150,000 patients during the course of her career, which included positions at Mercy Hospital, Ravenswood Hospital, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Christ Memorial Hospital, and other Chicago area institutions. What’s more impressive is that she went to an English medical school when she didn’t know the language. So she had to teach herself English and medicine simultaneously. In 1981, mom opened up a clinic on Devon Ave. & for 37 years she treated the Indian community like they were a part of her family, not just her patients. But that was a mere fraction of who she was. In addition to caring for her husband, mother in law, and raising her children, mom worked extra jobs so she could sponsor her four brothers & sisters as well as her parents and helped bring them all to this great country. Mom was a devoted servant of God & the community; she was very spiritual and would often recite Gujarati bhajans and Sanskrit slokas frommemory. Over the past 40 years, mom hosted hundreds of spiri- tual events for the Indian community, was an active party of many area cultural organizations (including Gujarati Samaj and Swadhyay), supported area senior centers, and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to charity. Mom liked to draw, loved to cook, and was a big Julia Roberts fan. She especially loved spending time with her two amazing grandchildren, Riya & Sarina. They were the great joy of her life. Over the past 15 years, mom warmly welcomed a son in law, Thomas Cheriyan, and daughter in law, Nancy To, into the family. Mom was our rock. She was a beautiful, strong, smart, loving, caring human being who celebrated her 46th mar- riage anniversary on May 21st. Mom gave more than she got. She deserved better than life gave her, yet never com- plained. But I guess that’s true for all superheroes. Mom is survived, with love and gratitude, by her hus- band (Deven Parikh), children (Parul Cheriyan, Dr. Rupak Parikh, Parag Parikh, Dr. Roshan Shah), grandchildren (Riya & Sarina Cheriyan), mother-in-law (Dhangauriben Parikh), siblings (Prabodh Shah, Dilip Shah, Dr. Pankaj Shah, and Nikunj Talati), brother and sisters in-law, extended family, and friends. We love you mom. We miss you. We will never forget you. Thank You for everything. Jai Shree Krishna. In Loving Memory Of Dr. Shobha Deven Parikh By StaffWriter he Shree Umiya Dham Chicago Midwest team celebrated the second Pran Pratistha anniver- sary and Pathotstav Mahotsav for “Ma Umiya” on June 3, at Rana Reagan Community Center in Carol Stream, Illinois. It was organized by SUDCM. The event was attended by more than 700 devotees a press release said. The Mataji Palki Puja and Rath Yatra started from 457 St. Paul Blvd., passed though several blocks with singing, dancing and Garba at multiple places on St Paul Blvd. The Mataji Havan was held in an outdoor tent next door and several families participated in the havan which lasted more than hour, with a large number of devotees joining in sitting under the trees. It gave those present a feeling as if a Yagna was taking place inVandravan, the press release said. The gathering returned to the Rana Reagan center where the SUDCM women's team received Mataji to the sound of bhajans and dhun in the Mahotsav celebration. During the Maha Arti Ushamni, SUDCM chairman announced to thundering applause that the organization had acquired a 29-acre plot for Mataji's future home. Many new families participated in the program. As did several prominent community leaders from different organizations like Manav Seva Mandir, Bhartiya Senior Citizens of Chicago, United Senior Parivar Chicago, Senior Citizens Parivar of Elgin, Indian Seniors of Chicago, KPS, Unjha and volunteers from Jalaram Mandir. Pran Pratistha, Pathotstav Mahotsav Celebrated At Shree Umiya Dham T Photos: Jayanti Oza Devotees at Shobha Yatra. Devotees at the 2nd anniversary celebration. Devotees at Shree Umiya Dham.