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FILIPOWSKI, HELEN S. - GRAYSLAKE  
GRAYSLAKE - Mass of Christian Burial for Helen S. Filipowski (nee Lelewski), 97, is 10 AM. Tuesday June 30, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 121 E. Maple Ave., Libertyville, IL. Interment will follow in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles. Visitation is from 4-8 PM. Monday June 29, 2015 at the Kristan Funeral Home P.C., 219 W. Maple Ave. (two blocks west of Route 45 on Route 176), Mundelein. She was born March 18, 1918 in Chicago and died Thursday June 25, 2015 at JourneyCare in Barrington. Helen enjoyed playing bingo, puzzle books. She loved animals and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her children Robert (Martha) Filipowski, Priscilla Harbut, Beverly (Donald) Prause-Wesolowski, her grandchildren Amanda (Christopher) Walsh, Susan (Richard) Manner, Caryn (James) Hobbs and her great grandchildren Amy. Hailey and Emily. She was preceded in death by her husband Stanley Sebastion in 1983. For information, visit www.kristanfuneralhome.com or call 847-566-8020.
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Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on June 27, 2015
FURER, MARILYN CAROLINE - MOUNT PROSPECT  
MOUNT PROSPECT - Marilyn Caroline Furer (Markowski) was born August 12, 1941 in Chicago and died June 22, 2015 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. She was the beloved daughter of Joseph Markowski and Caroline Stachurski Markowski, who predeceased her. She was married for 50 years to her devoted and beloved husband, Marshall Furer, who predeceased her by 7 months, on Nov. 3, 2014. Marilyn is survived by her beloved children Janie (Jan) Furer Aspuru and Julie (Thomas) Furer Stahr, beloved grandchildren Jessica and Danielle Geraci and Jensen and Jason Stahr, dear nieces Mary Masterson, Donna Schneberger and Dianne Brady, fond nephews Michael and Jacob Terson, David and Craig Furer, and Dale, Michael, Craig and David Markowski, sisters-in-law Gail Furer Terson Pisut and Carole Williams, and brother-in-law Howard Furer. Marilyn graduated from Glenbard High School in 1959, and ultimately relocated to Mount Prospect with her family in 1971. Marilyn was an activist her entire life and worked hard every day. She worked at various jobs including at the American Medical Association in her youth, and later at the American Cancer Society and U.S. Post Office to help put both her daughters through school for advanced degrees. She founded and worked tirelessly to develop the Chicago chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in 1973 out of her home after the diagnosis of her daughter with diabetes at the age of 1, and was committed to finding a cure for her daughter. She also became a leader and activist in the fight to remove toxic lead from children's products, and she was nationally recognized in the media and by civic groups for launching an investigation into dangerous products and prompting their recall from store shelves. Marilyn was fiercely devoted to her family. She involved herself fully in the upbringing of her daughters and her dear grandchildren. She was the much loved mother of young children in the neighborhood, known for spontaneous trips to the lake or museum, cross country road trips with friends, "car stuffing" and snow tunneling parties prompting media coverage, and yearly vacations to Disney World. She gave her daughters unending support in their adult years as they pursued their careers and had their own children, and was highly involved in raising her grandchildren, who she cared for regularly and with great passion. She also was engaged in the lives of her nieces in the area, as well as their children. She was by her husband's side through good times and bad, taking many cruises and vacations together and watching their daughters grow and prosper, and was his companion and caregiver during his numerous illnesses and up until his death. They were each others' true loves and soul mates, and her broken heart when he passed was a testimony to their years together. Marilyn fought heroically a battle with stage 3 cancer since 2009. She became cancer free with surgery, but endured for the next six years difficult complications due to surgery and related treatments. Despite chronic cough, pain and other maladies for years, she remained vital, optimistic and full of life, still caring for her children, grandchildren and others, until her last days. She kept her promise to her husband that she would outlive him. Visitation is June 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Meadows Funeral Home, 3615 Kirchoff Road (½ block east of Route 53), Rolling Meadows. Donations may be made in her name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Chicago. For information, 847-253-0224.
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Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from June 25 to June 26, 2015
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