Catherine M. Mariella
1935 - 2021
Wenban Funeral Home, Ltd.
320 Vine Avenue
Lake Forest, IL
Catherine M. Mariella (nee Jakovich), 86, of Lake Forest, IL and Dana Point, CA passed away Oct. 11th, 2021. Her passing was sudden and unexpected. Born May 7, 1935, in Chicago, IL. She married Joseph Mariella in 1956, he preceded her in passing on Aug. 9th, 2011. Together they established M&M Box Partitions in 1968 in Chicago, IL.

Those of us that were fortunate enough to have known her understand what an impact she had on others- whether with a kiss and a hug or her radiant smile she could, literally, make your day. Her love of family was her greatest passion, and she was the matriarch of an ever expanding clan. Friendship, travel, reading, philanthropy and design were components of her full and varied life. As an active parishioner of St. Mary's Catholic Church, her faith was a pillar which she leaned upon during joyous and challenging times. Loving wife of Joseph Mariella; devoted mother of Cindy (Dave) Dziki, Frank (Beth) Mariella, Joe (Susan) Mariella, and George (Nick) Mariella; cherished grandmother of Jennifer (David) Ostmann, Joe (Liza) Dziki and Julie Dziki; Joey, Michael, Frankie, Christopher, Alia and Natalie Mariella; great-grandmother of Kathryn and Jack Ostmann, Emily Dziki, and Phoenix DeAndrea; daughter of the late George and Katherine Jakovich; dear sister of Mary, Marko (Lois), Joseph, George Jakovich, and Josie (Jakovich) Pakaski; caring aunt of 11 nieces, and 10 nephews.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, Oct. 15th at the Church of St. Mary, 175 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, IL, 60045. Luncheon to follow at Francesca's Intimo in Lake Forest, IL. Entombment will be private at All Saints Mausoleum, Des Plaines, IL. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Camp Hope of Illinois, P.O. Box 687, Lake Forest IL 60045. Z'Bbgom and blessings. Info: Wenban Funeral Home (847) 234-0022 or

Published by Chicago Tribune from Oct. 13 to Oct. 21, 2021.
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May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Cathie was a beautiful person who made the world a brighter place. I will forever remember her as a energetic, fun loving, caring, strong woman who cherished time spent with her family and loved ones. She made a huge impression on me in a short period of time. She had the best laugh and told wonderful stories. My sincere apologies to her four children and the rest of her family. She spoke very highly of you all and you could tell how important her family was to her. God bless you all.
Leslie Miller
October 20, 2021
Lake Forest Athletico send our condolences to the Mariella family. Our hearts are heavy with the passing of Cathy. She was a sweet soul which always brought light to our clinic and she will truly be missed.
Athletico Physical Therapy
October 20, 2021
Dearest Mariella family, We are so sad with you over the loss of your beloved mom and grandmother, Cathie. We are going to miss her so much and will hold dear the memories of last Easter together. Know that you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you His peace as you walk through this valley. With much love and blessings, Monica, Erika and Anika
Monica, Ericka and Anika Small
October 18, 2021
She was always bright, cheery and super sweet. She will be missed. Our deepest condolences for your loss.
Frank Jeffery & Todd Hatoff
October 14, 2021
Love, Monica, Ericka, Anika
October 14, 2021
Cindy, Jen and family, I am so sorry. I only met Granny a few times but thought she was a phenomenal woman. She´s the type of woman who you think will live forever. I loved hearing Jen´s stories of her vibrant life. May her memory be a blessing
Stacy and Tim Shellabarger
October 14, 2021
My deepest condolences, George and family. Wishing you peace at such a difficult time.
Aaron Niemi
October 14, 2021
We were fortunate to have known Cathy and felt her love and generous spirit which lives on within all of us whose lives she touched, no matter how briefly. She was and will always be a gift to us all.
Kim, Eric, Nicholas, Liam and Isabella Small
October 14, 2021
Our heartfelt condolences to George & the whole family and all her many friends.
Jeanne Melvin & Jerry Small
October 14, 2021
Many thoughts and prayers for the family
October 14, 2021
I just found out about Cathy's sudden passing and I am, we are very sad. We would like to express our deepest sympathy and our condolences to the Mariella Family. Cathy was a true friend and her smile was always present and genuine. We will miss her.
Ignacio Perez and Family (Dana Light at Dana Point)
October 13, 2021
Cathy was from the greatest generation of all time. She had it all. Those that knew her were immediately aware of her sophistication, stylish, smart, fun loving. generous and over achieving ways. She passed on those gifts to her family. We will miss her and are grateful to have known such a wonderful woman.
Peter Waterloo & Jon Taylor
October 13, 2021
Our sympathies on the passing of your beloved mother. May you find peace in the memories you share with family and friends and your heart be forever grateful for the time you shared with her May you find comfort in God's embrace.
Vincent and Gina Ventrella & Family
October 13, 2021
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