Carleen S. Urban

May 10, 1943November 6, 2020

Carleen S. Urban, age 77, passed away peacefully at her home in Lisle, IL on November 6, 2020. Carleen is survived by her devoted husband James of 55 years. She was a loving mother of Timothy (Heather), proud grandmom of Karl and Joseph, dear sister of Renee (Johann) Ferguson (aunt to Erin, Dallas and Kyle), dear cousin of Nardine (Ted) Alsobrook (and their son Tyler), and dear cousin of Joey Pekarek, and David Spahn.

Carleen’s family included many, many friends throughout her life and she will be greatly missed by all. She especially cherished the HUM group (Hagen-Urban-Malich) as a founding/elder member along with James, John and Barb Malich, Fran and (late) Chuck Hagen, and their children and grandchildren, and adopted HUMmers Daniel (Sharon) Helderle and their children.

Carleen grew up in Chicago, IL. She (and James, John and Barb) graduated from Farragut High School in 1961. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a teaching degree in 1965 and married James, her high school sweetheart. James joined the Navy and they moved to Japan, then Long Beach, CA, then to their forever home in the Meadows subdivision of Lisle, Illinois in 1969. Carleen was a school teacher and substitute in the Lisle District 202 school system for over 40 years. She loved to garden and cultivated a mini-arboretum in their yard, to travel with James for business and pleasure and visiting family and friends, and – most indisputably – to cook and bake, believing that happiness is sharing a meal with friends.

Cremation Private. A memorial service will be held in 2021 when we can safely gather to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, donations to the America Heart Association or the Morton Arboretum will be appreciated.



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Claus and Jean Heide

November 16, 2020

We were so saddened to hear of Carleen's passing. She was a lovely lady and brought a bright light into this world. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim and the family. We will always cherish our memories of the times the "steel door" people spent together through the years. Great friends all.

Carolyn Roeper

November 16, 2020

I have many wonderful memories of Jim and Carleen at the annual SDI summer meetings. Carleen was a sweet and kind lady and became a dear friend to everyone at the summer meetings. My prayers and condolences to Jim and family. Heaven received a beautiful angel!

Lisa Ordmandy

November 16, 2020

We have many happy memories of Jim and Carleen at the annual SDI summer meetings. Carleen was a kind and gentle lady and friend. Our condolences go out to Jim and the Urban family.

Craig and Lisa Ordmandy

Sharon Bartels Garvy

November 15, 2020

My deepest sympathies to Mr. Urban and Tim. I have so many memories growing up in the Meadows of your wife and mother. She was always so generous with her time. Always friendly, kind, warm and sweet. What a blessing to have known her. May all of your wonderful memories sustain you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Sharon Bartels Garvy

Zall Villanueva

November 14, 2020

You will be missed, Carleen. When we met in 1967 in Yokosuka, Japan, you and Jim welcomed me with open arms into your life. We had some great memories....touring the Japanese countryside in your Corvair, coming to O'Hare with an ice cream cone, many visits to the arboretum and so many laughs together with both of you. I will always cherish our friendship. Rest in peace....your first "son"

Renee Ferguson

November 11, 2020

I have so many memories of Carleen it would be hard to whittle it down to one. She inspired me to do things...she loved to cook and bake and when Tim turned 5 she made a life size cookie of him! It became a tradition for me to make a life size cookie for each of my children when they turned 5. I don't know where she ever came up with the idea but it was such fun and such a challenge!

We spent every Holiday together when we lived in the Chicago area. The early years she hosted things at her house and then later we had Holidays in rotation with our cousin Narda. I can remember when it was my turn to host, she and Jim would arrive with their goodies packed and ready to go. I fondly remember Carleen's baked beans that always came in the "baked bean pot" and was usually wrapped with a towel for traveling and to keep them warm. They were the best!

We had other traditions that my children and I remember...Easter egg hunts in the Urban backyard, a wooden birthday cake puzzle that only came out for birthdays, and Christmas celebrations that usually did not take place on Christmas day but could be 1, 2 or 3 weeks thereafter. It was convenient that the Urban Christmas tree was usually still up!!

Carleen was a loving mother, wife, and a dear sister, sister-in-law, and Auntie. Her favorite flower was Lilies of Valley. My prayers go out to Jim and Tim to find comfort in remembering the love that has always surrounded them.


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