Biography of Raymond Orbik

Birth: Raymond Orbik was born to Stanley Orbik and Mary Pyterek in 1921 in Chicago, Illinois.

Marriage: Raymond Orbik never married.

Residence: Raymond listed as living with his parents at 8640 Baltimore Avenue in the 1930 US Census. He was still listed as being a parish member of Immaculate Conception parish in South Chicago in 1957.

Children: Raymond Orbik never had children .

Death: Raymond Orbik died on April 13, 2005 in a Saline Care Facility in Harrisburg Illinois. He was buried on Friday April 15, 2005 at the the Enfield Cemetery

Other Family Information: Raymond was institutionalized at a young age. He was at Mantino Mental Health Institution for many years. As time wore on, family members who were his legal guardians died and sadly, contact was lost and family did not know of his whereabouts. I tried to find out his location in the 1990s but information on institutionalized patients was practically impossible to obtain. At some point he was transferred from Mantino when the institution shut down. He ended up in Salina Care Facility. I only found out he was even alive until I saw his obituary in 2005.  Information obtained from family and friends indicated that Raymond "lost his mind suddenly at a young age. Casey Sobolewski, a friend of Raymond's bother Harry Orbik, remembered that Raymond was a gifted musician and that he lost his memory for some reason. Another relative remembered that while working in a butcher shop, he accidentally cut off some of his fingers resulting in his in ability to play music and that this caused his mental problems.  It sounded as if this happened at a young age. Information from his obituary indicates that "he had been a mail carrier and meat cutter in Chicago for many years". He had a social security number as well so details are still a mystery.


2005 Obituary for Raymond Orbik:

Raymond Orbick, age 83 of Harrisburg, died Wednesday April 13, 2005 at the Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg. He was born December 5, 1921 in Chicago the son of Stanley and Mary Orbick. Mr. Orbick had been a mail carrier and meat cutter in Chicago for many years. He was a musician, playing the piano and drums. He is survived by two nephews, Fred Marolewski of Manhattan and Eugene Marolewski of Dyer, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, John Orbick and two sisters, Eugenia Marolewski and Jennie Szzpankiewicz. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday April 15, 2005the Enfield Cemetery. The Elledge Funeral Home in Enfield is in charge of arrangements.