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Autopsy: Teacher’s death at Wrigley Field an accident

Updated: June 11, 2013 6:42AM



A teacher at a Palos Heights middle school died Sunday at Wrigley Field from a lack of oxygen to the brain caused by choking on food and intoxication, according to an autopsy by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Maureen Oleskiewicz, 28, and her brother were eating hot dogs in the right-field bleachers when she suddenly slumped and fell to the ground, without any indication that she was choking, her brother said.

Emergency medical personnel were unable to revive Oleskiewicz, who was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was kept alive until 9:10 a.m. Tuesday — long enough to donate her organs in a final act of kindness, her mother said.

The autopsy on Thursday found that she died of asphyxiation by choking on food, with ethanol intoxication a contributing factor, the medical examiner’s office said. The death was ruled an accident.

Oleskiewicz taught language arts in the sixth and seventh grades at Independence Junior High School, where she was a graduate.

Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at Robert J. Sheehy and Sons Funeral Home, 9000 W. 151st St., Orland Park, A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Incarnation Church, 5757 W. 127th St., Palos Heights. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 W. 111th St., Worth Township.

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