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Marlene Adrienne Tumilty Marlene Adrienne Tumilty (nee Valko), 78, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at her home in Algonquin, Ill. Born in Chicago, she was the daughter of Steve and Adrienne (nee Shippefeldt) Valko. Both parents preceded her in death, as did her brother, Alphonse (Cathy) Valko. She is survived by her sister, Diane Weber. Marlene married the love of her life, James Robert Tumilty Jr. (her "Jimmy") in 1956, in a double-wedding ceremony with her brother, Alphonse "Al" and sister-in-law, Cathy. Jimmy was her joy and her practical compass for the vast majority of her life, having met in primary school in the 1930s. He preceded her in death in 2002. Marlene is survived by her children; son, Tim (Kim nee Wilson) Tumilty and their children, Kelly (Nick) Heider, Katie Tumilty, Joe Tumilty and preceded in death by little Hank Tumilty; son, Michael (Lesley nee Weaving) Tumilty and their children, Erin (Matthew) Slavin, Michael Tumilty (Meredith) and Brian (Maureen)Tumilty; son, James R. (Lenore nee Lillwitz) Tumilty III and their children, Lindsey, Carley and Kasey; daughter, Terri (Bob) Petersen (nee Tumilty) and their daughter, Shawna; and son, Patrick Tumilty (Lucy). She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren. Marlene was a singer, filling home and sanctuary with beautiful songs of love and praise. Her gorgeous soprano voice was both captivating and stage worthy. Marlene was an artist who loved creating works in acrylic on canvas. Much of her art adorned her home and to an even greater degree, the homes of others who admired her work. Marlene was a volunteer and a contributor who never said no to a call to serve, either at church or in the community. She was giving of herself both in time and in resources for which she was well celebrated. Although Marlene was all this and more, the list pales in comparison to her attention and devotion to her role as a daughter, sister, wife and mother. In accordance with her wishes, a memorial service will be held Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. at Light of Christ Church at 100 Hanson Road, Algonquin, Ill. This date was chosen as it was her wish to allow friends and family time to plan their attendance. Marlene also asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made for the benefit of causes she supported in life including Light of Christ, her church and host to us on Aug. 12. Details will be posted as you enter the church and more information will update on Marlene's Memorial Group on Facebook (Marlene Tumilty) https://www.facebook.com/groups/486882607992537/.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on July 29, 2012
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