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Drake & Son Funeral Home

5303 North Western Ave, Chicago, IL

OBITUARY

Kimberly Kay Rubel

October 15, 1968September 5, 2019
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Kimberly K. Rubel, 50, of Chicago, IL at home, after a powerful and grace-filled battle with breast cancer on September 5, 2019.

Kim was born in Chicago, IL on October 15, 1968 and was the beloved daughter of Joseph J. Rubel, Jr. who predeceased her and Nancy K. Rubel (nee Rippel). She was a graduate of Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, IL, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chicago Law School.

She was the beloved wife of John C. Marchese and mother of two children, Lena Kay and Brendan Joseph. In addition to her mother Nancy of Northbrook, IL she is also survived by her brother Scott M. Rubel and his wife Kristin Heath, her parents-in-law Theodore (Ted) J. and Teresa Marchese, and brother-in-law Ken Marchese and his wife Karen. Kim was the beloved aunt to her nephew Ocean Kemble and nieces Julia Marchese and Margaret (Maggie) Rubel. Kim was a member of a large and loving extended family and had many dear friends – especially the Chicago Cubs’ season ticket crew – all of whom will mourn her passing and miss her greatly.

Kim was a leading corporate and securities lawyer in Chicago and for the past four years, an elected Managing Partner with Drinker, Biddle and Reath, LLP. Kim spent her entire 24-year legal career with the firm and held an array of leadership and management positions, befriended colleagues and clients alike and was a mentor to many.

Visitation Tuesday September 10, 2019 3-9pm Drake and Son Funeral Home 5303 Western Avenue, Chicago. Funeral Mass Wednesday September 11 at 1pm at Saint Benedict Parish 2215 W Irving Park Road. Interment to follow at Graceland Cemetery and Arboretum 4001 N. Clark Street.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Kimberly Rubel to support the Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund, c/o Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 420 E. Superior Street, Rubloff Building, 9th Floor, Chicago, Il 60611 or you may Click below to make an online donation. Please indicate “Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund” in the text box provided.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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Eric Harstad

September 13, 2019

I would like to send my condolences to the Kimberly Kay Rubel / Marchese families. I have gotten to know John over the past 15 or so years as part of the golfing crew, especially in the annual Ryder Cup events that were always the pinnacle of the golfing season. Although I never got to meet Kimberly, if John serves as any reflection on how good of a friend, wife and Mother she is, then she must have been a very kind, sincere and loving woman. My best to the friends and family as you go through this difficult time.

Eric Harstad

Mike Doyle

September 10, 2019

John, I cannot imagine what you and the children are going through. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mike

Janet Love

September 9, 2019

I worked with Kim for these last 10 years. She was our trusted advisor and became a friend and confidante. I so admired her sheer strength and grace throughout her long battle with cancer. Her courage was inspiring. She spoke so often and well of her family--they were so obviously her biggest priority, though she somehow managed to be there when we needed legal counsel. I will miss her practical counsel and our sometimes lengthy chats, and my heart is full for her family and close friends, as I can imagine the loss they feel. I'm grateful to have known her.

Drew Corson

September 9, 2019

Kim was such a smart and formidable woman. I am so sorry for your loss.

Andrew McMillan

September 8, 2019

I have been over to Brendan’s house many times she is the nicest person ever.

Patrick Ransom

September 7, 2019

Very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

Christine Keller

September 6, 2019

I am thinking of you all at this very difficult time. I send all my love and deepest sympathy.

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