In Memorial

Marlene O. Sowa

Date of Death: January 10th, 2022
8 Shevat 5782


Marlene O. Sowa, nee Oliff, 70, beloved wife and best friend of Julian for 43 wonderful years; loving mother of Lisa (Jason) Schnaedter, Staci (Michael) Rabin and Joshua Sowa (Becky Goth); cherished grandma of Hailey and Asher Rabin; devoted daughter of the late Adelle and Hershel Oliff; dear sister of James (Margo) Oliff; treasured aunt, cousin and friend of many. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Smile Train (, ASPCA ( or the American Heart Association ( Chapel service Thursday 12:15 PM at Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, 1700 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. Interment Shalom Memorial Park. For the link to view the funeral service virtually and to leave condolences, or (847) 255-3520.

Service Information

Service : Thursday, January 13th at 12:15 pm
Service Location: Shalom Chapel Service - Shalom Memorial Funeral Home

May Her Memory Be A Blessing.

You are invited to virtually view the funeral service for Mrs. Marlene O. Sowa.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 12:15 PM Central Standard time.

Please click the link below to view the service:

Randhill Park Cemetery
1700 W. Rand Road
Arlington Heights

Shiva Information

Due to Covid and out of concern for family and friends, there will be no Shiva.

A Meal Train has been established for the Sowa family.
If you wish to send a meal, please click on the following link:

Cards of condolence may be sent to:
The Sowa Family
c/o Shalom Memorial Funeral Home
1700 W. Rand Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

Smile Train


The American Heart Association

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Guest Book & Memories

Share Your Memories of Marlene O. Sowa
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January 13th, 2022

I'm so very sorry to hear this news. We will all be keeping you in our thoughts.

~Bruce Sharp
~Friend, Chicago, IL

January 13th, 2022

I am so sorry to hear about Marlene's passing, may her memory be a blessing.

~Sari Klein
~First cousin once removed, Deerfield, IL

January 13th, 2022

Dear Julian, Lisa, Staci and Josh,

I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Love always,
Norm.Sandi Dudzik

~Norm,Sandi Dudzik
~sister-in-law, Litchfield Park, Az

January 13th, 2022

My sincere condolences to the Sowa family. May all of the wonderful memories made with Marlene remain in your hearts forever. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

~Jennifer Fortini
~Lisa’s Friend, Naperville, IL

January 13th, 2022

Dear Julian, Jimmy, Margo, cousins,

I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of Marlene on our cruise, at my house, and family parties. She was always smiling, laughing and had a fun story to tell. I hope all the wonderful memories with her will flood your mind at this time, and forever.

My mom wants to say that because she lived in California she didn't get to see her that much, but the few times that she did she remembers how smart and funny she was.

Hugs, hugs and more hugs,
Anya, Joan & family

~Anya Viner
~cousin, Northfield

January 13th, 2022

Dear Jim, Margo, Julian and children,
I am so sorry to hear about Marlene. I cannot believe it’s been 6 years since we were together. May your memories of Marlene be a comfort to all of you and be a blessing.
My love to all of you,

~Brina Grigg
~Cousin, Rockford IL

January 12th, 2022

My first thought is how generous, how welcoming Marlene was. She allowed me to come spend Saturday nights with you both. I couldn't even begin to count how many nights she entertained me. That was so special to share herself that often. Her laugh. She shared her laugh all the time too. Always wanting to make sure no one was left out.
Bruce asked me to tell you how sorry he was. He asked about her often. Melissa also wanted to send her condolences to the family.
I really have no words. I can't believe she's not here. I'm so very sorry Sowa Family.

~Bonnie Kohn
~friend, palatine, IL

January 12th, 2022

Dear Jim/Margo, Julian and families,

What a profound loss. My thoughts of Marlene always begin with our time together as children at Camp Conestoga and how kind she was to me even though she had her own cabin and friends. I think of how thoughtful she always was, even last month having sent me birthday wishes and pictures of her beloved grandchildren. Most of all, I so greatly admired from afar her open-hearted and loyal relationships with her family. That is the precious gift she shared with you.

My love and condolences,

Cousin Jeri

~Jerilyn Rogin
~First Cousin, Irvine, CA

January 12th, 2022

Very sorry for your loss Julian and the entire family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

~Mark Mugnaini
~Friend, Algonquin, Il

January 11th, 2022

To Julian and the entire family, we are sending our sincerest condolences to you at this very sad time. May you be comforted with sweet memories of such a lovely lady, so sweet and kind.

~Lois Pardoll
~friend, Treasure Island, FL

January 11th, 2022

So sorry for your loss, Julian. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

~Kate Thomas
~friend, Elgin, IL


Yahrzeit Dates For Marlene O. Sowa

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 Shevat 57831/30/2023
8th of Shevat 57841/18/2024
8th of Shevat 57852/6/2025
8th of Shevat 57861/26/2026
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