OBITUARY

Jennifer Marie Razim-Mallo

May 23, 1972April 5, 2018
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Jennifer Razim-Mallo, 45 of Winnebago, passed peacefully on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Born May 23, 1972 in Beloit, WI. Daughter of Leonard (Carole) Razim and Aneita Finch. Graduate of North Boone High School class of 1990. Graduate of Rockford College of Nursing where she received her Bachelor’s degree. Employed by Rockford Memorial Hospital, Swedish American Hospital and finally at the V.A. in Freeport. Jennifer was a free spirit who lived life to the fullest. Always a smile on her face that went along with her wicked sense of humor that also led to annoying her little brother. She enjoyed painting, listening to all kinds of music especially to Steve’s singing, cooking out with her friends and family. Anytime spent with her family especially the holidays is where she loved to be. Jennifer was a very spiritual person whose compassion showed in her caring and nurturing ways.

Survived by her parents, Leonard (Carole) Razim and Aneita Finch; children, Joshua Mallo and Julianna Mallo; fiancé, Steve Lindsay; siblings, Stacie (Andrew) Duncan, Len (Danessa) Razim, step-siblings, Jim (Karen) Chamberlain, Lisa (Rick) Bakewell; maternal grandmother, Frances T. Hurley; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, special friends to many to list. Predeceased by her paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather; cousin, Tracey Clark.

Funeral Service at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. Visitation at 1 p.m. until time of service. Burial following in Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers memorials can be given to the family for Jennifer's children.

  • FAMILY

  • Leonard (Carole) Razim, Father
  • Aneita Finch, Mother
  • Joshua Mallo, Son
  • Julianna Mallo, Daughter
  • Steve Lindsay, Fiancé
  • Stacie (Andrew) Duncan, Sister
  • Len (Danessa) Razim, Brother
  • Jim (Karen) Chamberlain, Step-Brother
  • Lisa (Rick) Bakewell, Step-Sister

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 12, 2018
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Vanessa Dewalt

April 16, 2018

I worked with Jennifer at RMH just before she got married. She had this beautiful smile, that she wore so proudly. I loved it when I was scheduled to work with her because the time would go quickly. Pleasant person to work with. She has her wings, now. She will surely be missed by many. My condolences and prayers, go out to the family.

Andrea Bougher Wagner

April 13, 2018

I still can’t believe it. You were a my best friend in middle school or as we called ourselves, “BB’s or Butt Buddies” because we would always sleep butt to butt. We watched all the scary movies together, and found humor in everything we could. We did everything together from sleep overs, playing volleyball, standing outside in the snow in our cheerleading outfits & leg-warmers waiting for the bus, and homework. I remember when the boys TP’d my yard and my Mom made them clean it up the next day and we laughed so hard watching the from my upstairs window. And the day we covered ourselves in baby oil and sat in a boat in the pond until we had major sunburns. And letting our pony pull us around in a buggy all afternoon. I can’t imagine those days without you. I can’t imagine the void your friends and family are feeling right now. You were so special to everyone that knew you.

Lisa Evans

April 11, 2018

Lisa Evans

April 11, 2018

Adnan (A.D) Raja

April 11, 2018

Jen was an amazing soul. Always friendly, always supportive, always with that happy smile. Her heart was full of love and respect for everyone. And she would give good advice when I needed it like no other. I will never forget. We will miss you Jen. Rest in Heaven.

Djaun Maclin

April 10, 2018

Such a beautiful soul - Perfect for such a caring person. May all of the great memories provide comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
- Djaun Maclin & L'Shonda Jones

Michele Fitch

April 10, 2018

Jennifer Johnson

April 9, 2018

Jennifer was always smiling and said hello when we would see each other at school functions. Cody & Josh and Celsey & JuJu. My thoughts to her family.

Meredith Fleming

April 9, 2018

Jennifer always had a smile on her face, yet could make anyone smile....
She definately was a Beautiful Soul...much love and prayers to her family....

Lisa Evans

April 9, 2018

Biography

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Jennifer Marie Razim-Mallo who was indeed a born manager. She will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. She was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Jennifer was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Jennifer knew her as a well-respected woman who was a stable force in her community.

      Jennifer was born on May 23, 1972 at Beloit Memorial Hospital in Beloit, Wisconsin. Her parents were Leonard Razim and Aneita Finch. Jennifer was raised in Illinois. Even as a youngster, Jennifer learned to be objective and decisive. Her faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that she carried with her throughout her life.

      As a young girl, Jennifer was able to put her natural abilities to work. She was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, she liked to organize and direct. Jennifer was raised with two siblings. She had a sister, Stacie and one brother, Lenny. Jennifer had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Jennifer, this was a natural order of life, one she gladly embraced.

      Jennifer's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during her childhood. As a young girl, Jennifer enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Jennifer took part in Track, Cheeleadering, Volleyball, Baseball and Basketball. In her spare time she liked scrapbooking. Jennifer's memorable achievements included being a gifted student on the Honor Roll.

      In school, Jennifer was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. She sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of her classes. She would eagerly complete her homework, and often put in extra study time when she felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Jennifer was always good at following directions and meeting her schedules, whether they were set by her teachers or were self-imposed. Jennifer’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” She graduated from North Boone High School in 1990. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Jennifer was always on the Honor Roll as Gifted Status.

      Jennifer’s practical work ethic carried over into her college years. Her logical mind permitted her to work hard without succumbing to the usual distractions of college life. She would tackle an assignment and work through it before moving onto the next project. Jennifer’s orderly nature gave way to establishing personal study habits and procedures that not only helped her stay on track but often put her ahead of schedule. When Jennifer saw the need or benefit, she would willingly take on the extra assignment or even attend extra classes in order to learn more and become a better student. She also pursued graduate school, earning her Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences from Rockford College of Nursing.

      Jennifer was sociable and approachable. Because she was always so straightforward in how she approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. She enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Jennifer was a member of a group, her interaction worked to keep the others grounded. She wasn’t afraid to confront her friends and, when necessary, she challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Jennifer came to expect her high standards of performance. While growing up, some of her best friends were Kathy, Michelle, Jodi, Chris, Lisa and Sue.

      Jennifer was ever watchful of her children. She worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. She maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Jennifer would give her stamp of approval to their requests, as long as she could see how they might benefit. She also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that her children were properly raised. Jennifer was blessed with two children, son Joshua and daughter Julianna.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Jennifer was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. She was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Jennifer was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. She worked cooperatively and expected the same from her colleagues. In both her personal and professional environments, Jennifer upheld her standards. Her primary occupation was as a Registered Nurse BSN-R.N. She was employed at Rockford Memorial, Swedish American and finally at the V.A. in Freeport. Jennifer was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Jennifer approached her leisure time in the same manner that she approached her life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, she appreciated the hours she was able to devote to her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were painting, listening to music, writing poetry, gardening and swimming. Jennifer was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Jennifer to do in life and that carried over to her enjoyment of sports. In high school, Jennifer ran Track and was a Cheerleader. She also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity.

      Being generous with her time and energy, Jennifer liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. She was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. Her desire to uphold traditions and her ability to take charge of any type of project made her a tremendous asset. In college, Jennifer joined the Resident Association at Rockford College.

      As someone who placed a high value on showing gratitude, Jennifer could graciously accept a “thank you” extended to her by those she helped. However, individual recognition wasn’t a motivating force for Jennifer; rather, when she saw that there was a need to get something done, she was more than willing to give her time and energy in order to see it accomplished. Some of her most prestigious awards included receiving her Bachelor's degree of Health Sciences at Rockford College of Nursing.

      Jennifer was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Jennifer’s favorites was Pumba, her black Lab dog. They were best friends for 13 years. Her family was rounded out by her Guinnea Pig, Charlie.

      Jennifer passed away on April 5, 2018 at in her home in Winnebago, Illinois. She is survived by her parents, Leonard (Carole) Razim and Aneita Finch; children, Joshua Mallo and Julianna Mallo; fiancé, Steve Lindsay; siblings, Stacie (Andrew) Duncan, Len (Danessa) Razim; step-siblings, Jim (Karen) Chamberlain, Lisa (Rick) Bakewell; maternal grandmother, Frances T. Hurley; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, special friends to many to list. Services were held at Sunset Funeral Home. Jennifer was laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Machesney Park, Illinois.

      All who knew her would agree that Jennifer was a pillar of the community. She lived her life with her feet firmly on the ground. She had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in her thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. She was willing to share her ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Jennifer Marie Razim-Mallo did her best to ensure that her family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life she touched was given the chance to become a better person.