Marlene A Hunt

April 4, 1936December 23, 2012
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Marlene Abdula Hunt passed away peacefully the morning of Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, after saying good bye to her family. Marlene was mother to Elisabeth Hunt and Edward Hunt (Lisa); sister to Fred Abdula (Anna Marie); aunt to Linda Considine (James), Patrick Abdula, Michael Abdula, Lisa Abdula, and Paul Frei; and grandmother to Tyler Hunt and Henry Hunt. Marlene was born and raised in Waukegan, and remained in Lake County for most of her life. Always an engaged member of the community, Marlene was active in politics from a young age, working as a volunteer in the election campaign of Thomas Moran as State's Attorney for Lake County in 1956. Marlene's love for her community led her to a career in communications, beginning with her work at WKRS radio in Waukegan and spanning decades as she worked as a senior staff reporter for the Pioneer Press and a freelance reporter for the News-Sun and the Chicago Tribune until her retirement. Marlene was honored to be a Peter Lisagor Award nominee for her work on the series "Lake County: Boom or Bust." Marlene's work experience included time at the Tuberculosis Institute of Chicago and Cook County, Baxter-Travenol, and as a systems analyst for Allstate. She was also a certified financial planner. Marlene's love of Lake County drove her to help people find their homes there, and she worked as a real estate agent for many years. She also donated her time to volunteer for Arden Shore, and to various local projects including creating and saving small neighborhood parks. Services will be held Friday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Warren-Newport Public Library or the charity of your choice . Arrangements were made by Marsh Funeral Home, Gurnee. For information, call 847-336-0127.


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Marlene A Hunt

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Chuck Smith

January 4, 2013

Marlene was a fair and objective reporter with a great heart. She was also a dear friend and will be great missed. My condolences to her son and daughter as you know your Mother was a wonderful human being.

George Sachs

January 3, 2013

Marlene was a delightful human being with a wonderful sense of fairness and concern for the community.

January 3, 2013

May Gods merciful love and the love of family & friends sustain you through your sorrow.

C Johnson, (Isa. 41:10)

Korrina Grom

January 2, 2013

Marlene was one of the most dedicated journalists I've ever known. It was a privilege to be able to work with her for so many years - and to consider her a friend. I'll never forget you, Marlene!

January 1, 2013

Our family grieves for Marlene and her long struggle for health this past year. We extend our deepest sympathy to Elisabeth,Ed, their families, and to Linda, Mike, Patrick, and Lisa, her nieces and nephews.
With warm personal regards,
Earl, Gayle, Aaron, Adrian, and Shane Hatley


December 31, 2012

Mrs.Hunt sounds likes she will be dearly missed by the many lives she touched.May the God of all comfort be with you in the days ahead.

Jeff Griffith

December 30, 2012

Thank you, Marlene for caring enough about me to try and help me be the best I could be. You will be missed.

Sheryl DeVore

December 30, 2012

Marlene was a dedicated journalist and a caring, compassionate woman. She will not be forgotten. She has touched those she knew in a very special way.

Angela Sykora

December 27, 2012

My dear friend Marlene, beautiful inside and out! You were an original and I'll never forget our special friendship. Thank you for being part of my life, personally and professionally. I'm grateful for what I've learned from you. I am a better person, and journalist, for having known you. I am also grateful I got to see you once more earlier this month. I still can't believe you're gone, but I know your pain is gone too. Rest in peace. Love, Angela Sykora