Marlene D. Etzkorn
August 23, 1939 – November 3, 2018
Marlene D. Etzkorn, 79, of Des Plaines passed away November 3, 2018 at Northwest Community Hospital surrounded by her family. She is survived by her cherished sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Bill Heuer, her loving nephew and nieces, Bill Heuer (Julie), Julie Brandt (Tim Lange) and Melissa Heuer, and five grandnephews and nieces (Will, Charlie, Elise, Quinn and Mia). Marlene was born on August 23, 1939 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of the late Elmer and Dorothy Etzkorn. She attended high school at St. Patrick’s Academy in Des Plaines and later completed her nursing education at St Joseph Mercy Nursing Academy in Aurora. Marlene started her over 40 year nursing career with a brief stop at Lutheran General before moving to Holy Family hospital upon its opening in 1961. She would spend the majority of her career in various nursing roles at Holy Family and would be featured in a Chicago Tribune article about the hospital in April, 1986. Outside of work, Marlene loved to play golf, bowl, and fish. She was also a long-time member of the Elks Club Lodge #1526 in Des Plaines. Visitation will be held Wednesday November 7, 2018 from 4pm -7pm at Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St. (corner of Northwest Hwy/ Rt 14 and Rand Rd.) Des Plaines. Funeral prayers will be said Thursday 10:45 am. at the funeral home, then processing to St. Mary Church, 794 Pearson St., Mass 11:30am. Interment will be at All Saints Catholic Cemetery.
Donations in her memory can be made to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago (www.mercyhome.org).
- Visitation Wednesday, November 7, 2018
- Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, November 8, 2018
- Committal Service Thursday, November 8, 2018
Marlene D. Etzkorn
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
November 6, 2018
On behalf of Fr. Scott Donahue and Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Marlene Etzkorn.
May the angels lead her into paradise; may the martyrs come to welcome her and take her to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem.
November 5, 2018
I will never forget meeting Marlene and Rita. My husband (then he was my boyfriend) and I were looking to buy the house next door. Rita asked if we were married, if we had any children, and if we had a dog. We said no to all three. Rita and Marlene said "you will". We did. They were by our side for our marriage, the birth of our children, 2 cats, and 1 dog later. Twenty years this year in our home. They helped us take care of my mother and grieve our loss. Both our neighbors, our friends, our family. They came to know our family and friends. A part of our hearts. Our other neighbor Jackie would how odd it was to live right next door and not see or talk as much as we would have liked. Life gets busy. No matter how much time passed we were there for each other. I take peace in knowing that Marlene is at peace. Reunited with all those who passed before her. Knowing she lived life and passed on on her terms. As she watched over us here on this earth, she will in Heaven. Rest in peace Aunt Marlene. We will miss you. We love you.