D. Reynolds-Mihos, a Llanerch Diner owner

D. Reynolds-Mihos
D. Reynolds-Mihos
Posted: January 23, 2014

 Debbie Reynolds-Mihos, 51, of Philadelphia, a co-owner of several area diners, including the Llanerch Diner of Silver Linings Playbook fame, died Saturday, Jan. 18, at her home.

The cause of death was leiomyosarcoma, a rare form of soft tissue sarcoma. She was diagnosed in 2011, and underwent five regimens of chemotherapy over 21/2 years, her family said in a tribute.

Despite daunting odds, she fought courageously to stay alive "for those she loved," her family said.

Mrs. Reynolds-Mihos; her husband, Michael Mihos; and partner Mark Klein assumed ownership of the Llanerch Diner in 2006. The Upper Darby restaurant was made famous in the 2012 movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

In a key scene, Cooper and Lawrence's characters, sitting in a window booth, have a disastrous first date. The Mihos family was able to watch a crew shoot the scene.

"She was excited about that," her husband said. "She needed a lift because she was fighting cancer. It took her mind off the pain."

Mrs. Reynolds-Mihos was born in Chicago and met her husband in grade school. She graduated from Chicago's Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1980. The couple moved to Philadelphia in 1988. A year later, she received a degree in medical assisting from the Delaware Valley Academy of Medical and Dental Assistants. She worked as a medical aide for three years.

After acquiring the Llanerch Diner, Klein and the Mihos family went on to purchase the Limerick Diner in 2010 and the South Street Diner in 2011.

"She helped me out on weekends at the Llanerch Diner. She knew all the customers," her husband said.

Named after the actress Debbie Reynolds, Mrs. Reynolds-Mihos was a vibrant person, full of life and thankful for each day and the love of others.

"She loved the ocean, and nothing made her happier than enjoying the warmth of the summer sun on her face," her family said. She was devoted to family and her dog, Spike, a miniature Doberman pinscher.

Surviving, besides her husband, is a daughter, Debbie Reynolds.

A viewing will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Joseph Levine & Sons Memorial Chapel, 4737 Street Rd., Trevose. Funeral services will begin at 10. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery.

Donations be made out to Leiomyosarcoma Direct Research Foundation via LMSdr.org.




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