In Memorial

Penny Gilbert

Date of Death: January 4th, 2021
21 Tevet 5781


Penny Gilbert, nee Brown, 67, of Schaumburg, passed away on Monday, January 4, mother of Brett (Laura), Brandon, Justin (Deanna); grandmother of 4; daughter of Muriel and the late Edwin; sister of Michael (Amy) Brown; She was born on October 14, 1953 in Chicago, graduated from Evanston High School in 1971, and went on to study at the University of Illinois. In addition to being a proud mother and grandmother, Penny also loved music. She spent much of her time surrounded by friends watching live music. Private service and shiva. Interment Shalom Memorial Park, Arlington Heights. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Penny's name to your favorite charity. To leave condolences and for information, including link to view service: (847) 255-3520 or

Service Information

Service : Friday, January 8th at 3:00 pm
Service Location: Private Service-Live Stream Access -Shalom Memorial Park

Shalom Memorial Park
1700 W. Rand Road
Arlington Heights

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May 18th, 2021

My condolences to Penny’s family and friends. I went to grade school with Penny in Skokie, IL. I was saddened to learn tonight of Penny’s passing via the Kit, our ETHS high school newsletter. I will always remember Penny’s smile and warmth. Bob Birndorf

~Bob Birndorf
~Friend, Glencoe, Il

February 2nd, 2021

At my baby shower 2014 Sharone Bailey

Penny was like a mother /sister to me.

We became friends through work sometime in 2006.

She was always there for me and I love her. Last time I saw her she came to my brothers funeral a year Ago. She was like family to me.

I have many great memories of Penny but I’m sad she did not get to meet my 2 little boys (I moved away) . Some of our last messages this year were about that.

Penny, I’m shocked and so speechless your bright light now shines in the stars. I hope my brother and loves ones are there to greet you in heaven.
Love your Jewish enough daughter,
Love you , I will pray to you and light a candle in your style.... xoxo

~Sharone Bailey

January 21st, 2021

So very sorry to hear of Penny’s passing. She was a wonderful person whom I knew from high school and being my friend’s sister. She always had her great smile and was so caring. She will be greatly missed.
My condolences fo out to all of her family and friends.
Remember Penny always!


~Steve Rubin
~Friend, Montgomery, Texas

January 8th, 2021

We were so sorry to hear about Penny. We have fond memories of your family at Betty and Marvins house. She was beautiful and caring. Lois and Jerry Goldberg

~Lois goldberg
~, Northbrook il

January 8th, 2021

 Debbie Joedicker

Loving thoughts and memories of you cousin Penny. You will be missed.
My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to her Sons and Grandchildren who she loved dearly. Mom and brother as well.

~Debbie Joedicker
~Cousin, Mesa AZ

January 8th, 2021

Penny was our neighbor and a better one could not be asked for. If there anything she could do for you she would.

A truly kind hearted and generous person.

I lost a wonderful person and friend.

~Fay & Lloyd Rubin
~friend, Buffalo Grove, IL

January 8th, 2021

Penny was a wonderful friend . Her kindness and thoughtfulness were abundant . I loved going to the city with her to meet our friends from Chicago and California . She was there for you when you were dealing with sadness and also to share your joy ! I am so sorry that she has passed at such a young age. She will be truly be missed . My condolences to her family . May her memory be a blessing ❤️

~Helene Gilman
~Friend, Northbrook

January 8th, 2021

I’m so saddened to attend the funeral (by zoom) of my dear friend Penny. We’ve gone through a lot over the past 40 years starting with Maj jong & Tahoe Village. You have a heart of gold Penny, always been a true friend to me in good times & bad times. You would always remember to send cards to me for whatever the occasion was even when I told you not to spend your money on that. Oh how you loved music & dancing!! I will never forget our friendship and how sad I am to never see you or talk to you again! To your sons Brett, Brandon & Justin hold the memories of your mother close to your heart & always remember what a good kind hearted person she was. I know I will. Rest In Peace my dear friend Penny.

~Barbara Sachs
~Friend, Buffalo Grove Il

January 8th, 2021

2nd Birthday Pam

Penny always had a smile on her face when her grandchildren were around. She will be missed.

~Justin's mother in law, Mundelein, IL

January 8th, 2021

 Stephen Klumpp

To Brandon & the Gilbert/Brown Family. Penny, Barb Barrett & I considered ourselves "The Three Musketeers" at all the live music gigs and Halien Shindigs. I'm so glad I got to Hug Penny on December 6th when She & Brandon stopped over a few days before her surgery. She will be greatly missed as a wonderful person to share fun experiences with and to be a sounding board for her and very attentive Facebook Friend. Wish I could bid farewell in person. Glad my wife & I could take her out for her birthday lunch and she posted the most beautiful birthday greeting for me only 2 months ago.

~Stephen Klumpp
~BFF, Wheeling

January 8th, 2021

Penny was happiest when she was with her grandchildren.

~Justin’s mother in law, Mundelein IL

January 8th, 2021

Sending deepest condolences to Pennys dear family and friends. There are no words to express how shocked and sad I am. I’ve known Penny for over 50 years and loved going to many venues and listening to live music together. She will be greatly missed by so many.

~Abbe Reznick Schumann
~Friend, Dallas,Texas

January 7th, 2021

 Melissa Engel

Brett, Brandon & Justin, I am writing this with such a heavy and broken heart. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to you on the loss of your mom. I know that this is an extremely difficult time in your life, my wish for you is that the memories of your mom Penny be a comfort to you during the days, weeks, and years to come and her memory be a blessing. Your mom was like an aunt to me and I have so many fond memories of activities that our families did together and going on various “shop till you drop” shopping adventures with your mom and my mom. To know your mom was to was love her. Penny I will always love you and you will be deeply missed.

~Melissa Engel
~, Playa Vista, CA

January 7th, 2021

 Linda Engel

Brett, Brandon and Justin, I am so sorry for your loss. Someday soon, your beautiful memories of your beloved Mom will turn your tears into smiles.

This is so difficult to write as I am writing with a heavy heart- I am heartbroken. Penny and I met more than 50 years ago. Penny always said it was beshert we became friends and it was God’s will that we were more than friends, but sisters. This was before the term BFF became popular.

In all the years I knew Penny, she was always an exceptionally devoted daughter, an incredibly proud and loving mother and truly the sweetest and kindest friend.

Our friendship included our children and we shared so many memorable moments and have memories of amazing adventures filled with laughter and the best of times together. My children think of her as an aunt and her sons as brothers. These loving bonds we Gilbert’s and Engel’s mutually share are truly blessings for all.

Penny had an extraordinary love of music. The notes, chords and melodies of music were an integral part of her life and this led her to sharing her love with an incredible circle of friends.

Penny I will always hold you in my heart. The blessings of your friendship will never leave my heart and thoughts . I always thought we would have more time to laugh, and savor life together. Rest in peace my sweet beautiful friend.
Until we meet again...

~Linda Engel
~Friend, Playa Vista, Ca.

January 7th, 2021

Please accept my condolences regarding Penny's passing. She was a good friend who was always considerate and compassionate. Penny will be truly missed. May she rest in peace.

Love and prayers,
Gloria R.

~gloria rutkowski
~friend, chicago,il

January 7th, 2021

Words cannot fully express my sadness about the passing of Penny. She was my dear friend for the past 18 years. We shared happy times, sad times, good days and bad days. Penny's passing is a great loss to me as my friend, as an intelligent, special woman in my life and to all that knew her.
"Penny you will always be with me. Rest in Peace!"
My thoughts and prayers are with Brandon, Brett, Justin and the Gilbert and Brown Families.

~Debbie Spector
~Friend, Buffalo Grove

January 7th, 2021

Our sympathies to the Gilbert and Brown families. I have such wonderful memories of visits to Penny's house while we were growing up and sharing secrets in her room while our parents visited together. Also the yearly Brown Picnic rendezvous, where we were delighted to spend time with Penny and Buzzy and later, their wonderful families. Our love to you all.

~Marsha Mansfield
~cousin, Madison, WI

January 6th, 2021

I have known “little” Penny for over 60 years. We shared our wonderful families; and our love for each other. With a very sad heart I write this.
I will miss you always.
Big Penny

~Penny klein
~Friend, Henderson nevada

January 6th, 2021

Penny was always the most kind, thoughtful girl. As a friend growing up, she was a sweetheart ! Kind, thoughtful, sharing - she will be missed !

~Robert Engel
~Friend, Chandler, az

January 6th, 2021

Penny and I met over. 50 years ago. I remember Penny as a beautiful hard working young girl. Penny was fun loving and enjoyed and loved life. She grew to be a responsible and young mother who loved her children - and life itself. Penny will be missed by all of those who knew her, may she Rest In Peace !

~Robert Engel
~Friend, Chandler, Az

January 6th, 2021

Shocked and saddened. Heartfelt condolences to my old Skokie Illinois neighborhood friend's family, classmates and friends.

~Gary Kipnis
~Friend, Tucson, AZ

January 6th, 2021

One of our lunches at Old Orchard.  I am sitting next to Penny. Elyse Landsman

Dear Family of Penny,

I was stunned and saddened to hear of Penny's passing. We have been friends for over 6 decades, we went to elementary school at College Hill together and have had occasional friend reunions with our classmates over the years.

Penny was a bright light and will be missed by many.

My sincere condolences.


~Elyse Landsman
~Friend, Vernon Hills

January 5th, 2021

Words cannot express how I feel.. Will miss our times together picking you up and going to hear our music. You were the kindest of souls. You will be missed! Till we meet again my friend till we meet again.

~Gloria Berngard
~Friend, Schaumburg


Yahrzeit Dates For Penny Gilbert

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
21st of Tevet 578212/25/2021
21st of Tevet 57831/14/2023
21st of Tevet 57841/2/2024
21st of Tevet 57851/21/2025
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