Arlene M. Edelman

October 10, 1954June 24, 2020

Arlene Murawski Edelman passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 24 2020 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born Oct 10, 1954 in Chicago to Esther (Kowalski) and Felix Murawski and grew up with three brothers and sister in south Chicago, graduating from Lourdes High School and then working as an event planner at the University of Illinois.

Arlene and John were married June 4, 1988 and lived in Kansas City throughout their 32 years of marriage. They were blessed with sons Jack, in 1990, and Paul, in 1992, and welcomed stepdaughter Erin and her sons into their family. Arlene was a loving and supportive wife, always at John’s side, best friends from morning coffee to well-planned vacations. She was a devoted and loving mother who adored her children, never missing a chance to encourage and support them.

The Edelman family often vacationed together, often in their favorite destinations in the northern Midwest. Arlene was a great trip planner, and John, the boys, and frequently Erin and her sons, Carson and Oliver, enjoyed vacations together.

Arlene was also enthusiastic about cooking (especially when it came to Polish food) and gardening, passions which she learned from her mother. She loved flowers and had gardens in both the front and back yards of her home, and always decorated the back deck with pots of colorful flowers.

Arlene is survived by husband John, sons Jack and Paul, stepdaughter Erin and her two sons, brothers Jim, Mark and his wife Jan, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and her beloved sister Jane and brother Roger.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Edelman family.


  • Private Graveside Service

    Monday, June 29, 2020



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John Edelman

July 3, 2020

So heartsick for you John, she was a rare and wonderful woman. Her gentle nature and kindness were of the highest genre.

John M Edelman

Carson Rector

June 29, 2020

To Grandpa, Jack, and Paul

We’re all here for you. We love you. I’m really sorry. All the vacations we went on, every time Arlene was the life of the party. Prayers and good spirits your way. ❤️

Marty Daniells

June 29, 2020

Arlene was a dear friend for many years. We laughed together and enjoyed our many conversations about family, friends, vacations, etc. She will be dearly missed by everyone that knew her. I love her and will miss her so much. My thoughts and prayers for John, Paul, Jack and all her family and beloved friends.

Michael Connors

June 29, 2020

We just learned of Arlene passing. It has been a number of years but have fond memories of the joy, fun and energy brought to everything she did. Always with a smile on her face. Our condolences John to you and your boys.

Susan Lach

June 28, 2020

Dear John, Jack and Paul,
Sharing my deepest sympathy on your loss. Arlene was devoted to her family and she loved talking about you during every conversation we had. I cherish my memories of the closeness we shared growing up in Chicago especially all those wonderful summer Sundays and vacations in Antioch and Twin Lakes.
Hope all your cherished memories bring some comfort over time.

Janelle Barcelona

June 28, 2020

Dear John, Jack and Paul,
I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how much you will miss her. You all meant the world to her.
Arlene was my best childhood friend, and we remained friends for over 55 years. She made everything fun, even working at the flower shop in our early teens. I will miss her dearly!

Gary Goers

June 27, 2020

John, Jack and Paul

Was a friend from Coach's and Southside. Will dearly miss all our conversations about Cubs vs Cardinals. So sorry for your loss!

Susan Porter

June 27, 2020

We are so very sorry to learn of Arlene's passing. She was such a kind and loving person and our hearts ache knowing she is gone. But there is much comfort in knowing she is at peace and in a better place.

Charlotte McCarty

June 26, 2020

John. I Am sorry for your loss. I have so many memories of your family and the friendship you and your wife shared with my son Patrick! I will be forever grateful. You and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time. Cherish your memories!!

Jan Murawski

June 25, 2020

John, Jack and Paul,

So awfully sorry for all of you. Arlene was my best friend, and also a sister to me. We will always remember the good times. There were so many. See you soon. Love you all.

Mark and Jan Murawski