In Memorial

Marlene Dobrin

Date of Death: November 22nd, 2020
7 in Kislev 5781


Photo By  : Marlene Dobrin, age 80, beloved wife of Bernard Dobrin, happily married for 59½ years; loving mother of Lisa and Jordan; dear sister of the late Thelma Karson and dear sister-in-law to Martin, Shel, and Marlene; treasured aunt to Sari, Matt, Jay, Ward, Stefanie, and Jon. Surrounded by her husband and children, Marlene passed at home on Sunday November 22, after a courageous 3-year battle with cancer. Marlene was born to Dave and Bess Kempner in Chicago. In 1961, Marlene married Bernie, and together they raised Lisa and Jordan in Chicago, moving to Stamford, CT in 1973. Marlene earned Bachelor degrees from Roosevelt University in Education and from SUNY Purchase in Fine Arts, which was her true passion. Marlene and Bernie moved to Arizona in 1998. She loved their 15 years of motorhome traveling adventures, exploring 49 states. No newly entered city was left without its intro narrative from Marlene, quoting from the Mobil Guide. She marveled at Arizona's beautiful sunsets and was able to enjoy one last beautiful sunset display on the way home from the hospital the night before she passed. Marlene's biggest legacy until her dying day was her devotion to tracing and recording her family genealogy, for which she comprised a network of over 1000 relatives, all the way back to the early 1600's. Marlene was such a dynamic, creative, inspiring, and caring woman, who was always thinking of others first. We will miss her greatly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite Alzheimer's charity, favorite Cancer charity, Pebble Creek Kare Bears(, and/or Hospice of the Valley( Because of Covid, it was Marlene's request that there be no in-person attendees at the service. Click on "Service Information" for a link to view the service, to leave a condolence click on "Guest Book and Memories".

Service Information

Service : Friday, November 27th at 1:00 pm
Service Location: Private Graveside Service -Shalom Memorial Park

Shalom Memorial Park
1700 W. Rand RoadArlington Heights

Guest Book & Memories

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December 4th, 2020

Dearest Aunt Marlene, you meant so much to me personally as the closest Kempner family member for so many years and as my favorite Porsche driving aunt. Famous for your ‘timely’ gifts will forever be a fun family story my children will pass on to their children as well. Your love for Tovi and Romi was boundless, and your endless energy in building the Kempner family genealogy means the world to me and our family. I will miss you sorely as the Kempner family elder statesman as well. Until we meet again, please tell Grandpa Dave, Grandma Bessie, and Mom we love and miss them dearly. I love you and will miss you forever.
Your nephew,
-Ward, Marion, Tovi, and Romi

~Ward Karson
~Nephew, San Francisco, California

December 3rd, 2020

I remember going to a dinner party at Marlene and Bernie’s home when they moved to a condo in Westchester. Marlene was a great cook. It was Halloween and Marlene made pumpkin soup (in a pumpkin ramekin), salmon, sweet potato and pumpkin pie. Everything was orange and did we ever laugh!
Always a talented woman. I attended her photograph exhibit at SUNY Purchase.
My thoughts are with you all.

~Carol Krim (Kalter)
~Old friend, Stamford Ct.

November 28th, 2020

Marlene will be missed by all that knew her. Marlene was a positive, caring, kind and generous soul. She had a great sense of humor; will miss her laugh. A creative soul...always had projects on the go. She had a great life. We loved Bernie and Marlene's attendance to our annual holiday party. We will miss her. Hugs to Bernie and family.

~Nancy & Larry McDonald
~friend, Goodyear, AZ

November 27th, 2020

I remember very fondly all the times we spent together when I was younger, especially in your house in Connecticut.

My mother and father (Lester and Lois) always had such warm feelings for you.

I am also eternally grateful for the amazing family tree you left us. It is something that we will pass on for generations.

Brian Kempner

~Brian Kempner
~Cousin, New York

November 27th, 2020

A woman of valor who can find? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, and he hath no lack of gain. She doeth him good and not evil all the days of her life.

~Charles & Barbara Kaye
~friends, Marietta

November 25th, 2020

Ed and I have nice memories of chatting many times during Shalom Club activities going back many years. Our condolences to Bernie and the family.

~Alice Neuwirth
~Friend, Goodyear, AZ

November 24th, 2020


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Yahrzeit Dates For Marlene Dobrin

Tradition directs us in the evening before the Yahrzeit dates listed below, the anniversary of our loved one's day of death, we are to kindle a candle in our homes as a reminder of their place in our hearts.

Gregorian Date
6th of Kislev 578211/10/2021
6th of Kislev 578311/30/2022
6th of Kislev 578411/19/2023
6th of Kislev 578512/7/2024
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