In Memorial

Marilyn M. Ferdinand

Date of Death: July 29th, 2020
8 in Av 5780


Marilyn Udell Ferdinand (née Citron), age 82, beloved wife of the late Jerome Ferdinand; loving companion of Jerry Kogan; much loved mother of Brian Udell (Stella Navas) and Stacey (Wayne) Shulman; cherished Nana of Zachary, Hector, Ben (Noel), Jake and Brooke; dear great grandmother of Layla; fond sister in-law of Phyllis Citron; preceded in death by her brothers Everett and Bernie Citron; treasured aunt and beloved friend to many. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, or the Wounded Warrior Project, Services are private. To leave condolences and for information, including a link to view the service: Shalom Memorial Funeral Home (847) 255-3520 or

Service Information

Service : Thursday, July 30th at 2:00 pm
Service Location: Private Graveside Service -Shalom Memorial Park

Shalom Memorial Park
1700 W. Rand Road
Arlington Heights

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August 17th, 2020

Marilyn and my mother Marilyn were good friends for many many years......and neighbors in Lake Point Tower . I always looked up to Marilyn for her strength and wisdom she shared with me over the years. Stacie and I had a standing mom & daughters dinner date where the four of us girls would go and laugh and laugh! We always had a ball together no matter where we had dinner. I am grateful to have known such a brave, strong & courageous women who ALWAYS looked FABULOUS every time I saw her! Thank you Marilyn for being you!

Sincerely and with LOVE and sympathy, Alexa Damon & Family.

~Alexa Damon
~Neighbor and family friend, Chicago,IL

August 1st, 2020

 ellen blackman

As a little kid we all lived on the southside of Chicago in a tight knit community. I recall how special it was whenever I visited my big cousin Marilyn who lived on Crandon Ave in a two story red brick house which was just a few blocks down from my house. I loved going up to Marilyn's room and sitting on her bed under her fancy princess canopy among her elegant doll collection. Unlike most teenagers, Marilyn welcomed her pesky little cousin into her room, allowing me to explore all of her stylish treasures. Her room was scented from all the lovely glittery gold perfume bottles and delicate pastel colored boxes of dusting powders that covered her dressing table. I wanted to grow up to be just like her! I think my aunt Jenny and Uncle Gus really hit a home run when they made Marilyn. The stars must have been aligned just the right way or something special must have been going on in the cosmos when she was conceived. All I know is Marilyn was born with so many gifts... so many talents. She was a star right out of Hollywood central casting who turned heads where ever she went. She was a striking beauty who could have given even Marilyn Monroe a run for her money. But as if being a glamorous fashion plate wasn't enough, Marilyn had brains. She catapulted her own creative ideas into successful businesses. She took her gifts for art and chic sense of style to make beautiful oil paintings which she sold to an eager fan base. Likewise, she brainstormed her employment agency into a mainstay in the corporate arena. She was a role model to us all with her chutzpah, her drive, her celebration of life and her generous heart. She went out of her way to make everyone feel appreciated whether it was a multi-mega jet setter or the guy who parked her car. A lioness to her kids and grandkids, a champion to friends; her legacy lives on. XX OO Ellie Blackman

~ellen blackman
~first cousin, riverside, Illinois

July 31st, 2020

Marilyn, I wish I had gotten to know you sooner. We did share some fun evenings and lots of laughs and I will never forget how beautiful you always looked despite what you were obviously going through.
Rest in peace Marilyn, I will never forget you.

Merle Small
Rochester MN
Rochester MN.

~Merle Small
~, Rochester

July 30th, 2020

Marilyn was my hero. She was the bravest strongest person I’ve ever known. Marilyn and I met when I was eight years old. I was like her little sister .I was always at her house and of course I looked up to her. I remember when she got married ,when Stacie and Brian were born. I moved to California 49 years ago. And all these years Marilyn and I always kept in touch. I will miss her all the days of my life and
she will live in my heart forever.
Rest In Peace , my dear friend

~Arleen Richman
~Dear dear friend, Los angeles

July 30th, 2020

May you rest in peace. My loving caring beautiful women. you will always be in my thoughts

My sympathy to your family.

Joyce Zandberg

~Joyce Vivian Zandberg
~friend, Northbrook


Yahrzeit Dates For Marilyn M. Ferdinand

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
8th of Av 57817/17/2021
8th of Av 57828/5/2022
8th of Av 57837/26/2023
8th of Av 57848/12/2024
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