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Baseball-loving mom remembered with a charity softball tournament

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The family of Gloria Capek, who died of breast cancer in 1999, holds an annual softball tournament in her memory to raise money for breast cancer charities. From left are son Glen Capek, daughters Linda Lammersfeld and Karen Capek, husband Jim Jr., daughter Debbie Boylan and son Jim Capek III.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Gloria Capek died of breast cancer just before Mother's Day in 1999, at age 64.

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The Capek children, shown in a family photo, remain close and hold an annual softball tournament in honor of their mother Gloria, who died of breast cancer in 1999.

Photo courtesy the Capek family.

The family of Gloria Capek, who died of breast cancer in 1999, holds an annual softball tournament in her memory to raise money for breast cancer charities. From left are son Glen Capek, daughters Linda Lammersfeld and Karen Capek, husband Jim Jr., daughter Debbie Boylan and son Jim Capek III.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

The family of Gloria Capek, who died of breast cancer in 1999, holds an annual softball tournament in her memory to raise money for breast cancer charities. From left are son Glen Capek, daughters Linda Lammersfeld and Karen Capek, husband Jim Jr., daughter Debbie Boylan and son Jim Capek III.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

The family of Gloria Capek, who died of breast cancer in 1999, holds an annual softball tournament in her memory to raise money for breast cancer charities. From left are son Glen Capek, daughters Linda Lammersfeld and Karen Capek, husband Jim Jr., daughter Debbie Boylan and son Jim Capek III.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

The family of Gloria Capek, who died of breast cancer in 1999, holds an annual softball tournament in her memory to raise money for breast cancer charities. From left are son Glen Capek, daughters Linda Lammersfeld and Karen Capek, husband Jim Jr., daughter Debbie Boylan and son Jim Capek III.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Gloria Capek's children and grandchildren pose for a photo before one of the Gloria Capek Foundation annual softball tournaments. The tournaments have raised $60,000 for local breast cancer charities.

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Wearing pink for breast cancer awareness, teams compete at the Gloria Capek Foundation softball tournament.

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Teams play at the annual Gloria Capek Foundation softball tournament, which raises money for breast cancer charities.

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A family photo shows Jim Capek Jr. and his wife, Gloria Capek. He joins their children and grandchildren in a charity softball tournament every year in her honor.

Photo courtesy the Capek family.

Gloria Capek, who died of breast cancer in 1999, and her husband Jim Capek Jr.

Photo courtesy the Capek family.

The Capek children, shown in a family photo, remain close and hold an annual softball tournament in honor of their mother Gloria, who died of breast cancer in 1999.

Photo courtesy the Capek family.

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Softball and food were two of Gloria Capek's favorite things. After the mother of five died of breast cancer in 1999, at age 64, her family created a charity softball tournament in her memory that includes a large buffet of food. Now in its 11th year, the event has raised more than $60,000 for local breast cancer charities. "She would have just absolutely loved this," said her daughter, Deb Boylan, 54 of Vernon Hills.
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