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Kimberly Kay Rubel
1968 - 2019
Drake & Son Funeral Home
5303 North Western Ave
Chicago, IL
Kimberly K. Rubel, 50, of Chicago, IL at home, after a powerful and grace-filled battle with breast cancer on September 5, 2019.

Kim was born in Chicago, IL on October 15, 1968 and was the beloved daughter of Joseph J. Rubel, Jr. who predeceased her and Nancy K. Rubel (nee Rippel). She was a graduate of Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, IL, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chicago Law School.

She was the beloved wife of John C. Marchese and mother of two children, Lena Kay and Brendan Joseph. In addition to her mother Nancy of Northbrook, IL she is also survived by her brother Scott M. Rubel and his wife Kristin Heath, her parents-in-law Theodore (Ted) J. and Teresa Marchese, and brother-in-law Ken Marchese and his wife Karen. Kim was the beloved aunt to her nephew Ocean Kemble and nieces Julia Marchese and Margaret (Maggie) Rubel. Kim was a member of a large and loving extended family and had many dear friends – especially the Chicago Cubs' season ticket crew – all of whom will mourn her passing and miss her greatly.

Kim was a leading corporate and securities lawyer in Chicago and for the past four years, an elected Managing Partner with Drinker, Biddle and Reath, LLP. Kim spent her entire 24-year legal career with the firm and held an array of leadership and management positions, befriended colleagues and clients alike and was a mentor to many.

Visitation Tuesday September 10, 2019 3-9pm Drake and Sons Funeral Home 5303 Western Avenue, Chicago. Funeral Mass Wednesday September 11 at 1pm at Saint Benedict Parish 2215 W Irving Park Road. Interment to follow at Graceland Cemetery and Arboretum 4001 N. Clark Street.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Kimberly Rubel to support the Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund, c/o Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 420 E. Superior Street, Rubloff Building, 9th Floor, Chicago, Il 60611. Please indicate "Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund" in the text box provided.

Published by Chicago Tribune on Sep. 8, 2019.
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I am sorry to hear of Kim's passsing. I worked with her as a paralegal at Drinker Biddle & Reath. She will be missed. Sending prayers to the family at this time.
Kathleen Chyna
September 12, 2019
Very sorry to hear of Kim's passing. Thoughts and prayers to her family. I remember working with Kim when I first joined Gardner, Carton and Douglas in 2002. My deepest condolences to her family.
Joe Mendoza
September 10, 2019
I am so very sorry to hear of Kim's passing. I worked with her as a paralegal many years ago at GCD. She was genuine, kind and caring. My deepest condolences to her family
Deb Connor
September 10, 2019
I am so very sorry to learn of Kim's passing. As I left Garder Carton may years ago now (fall of 2006), I had not had the opportunity to see her often, but I did get back to the Drinker offices a few times a year and it was always so nice to see Kim and catch up a bit. Just wanted to take the time to let Kim's family know how well-liked and respected she was, as a friend and colleague, and to share my deepest condolences. I hope and pray that your memories sustain you. Kindest regards. Carol
Carol Hines Wacaser
September 9, 2019
I am so sad to hear of Kim's death. I remember meeting her as a young lawyer at Gardner Carton. She embodied the best of that firm: smart, caring, extremely capable and generous when a colleague needed help. You could always count on Kim to do her best with every project.

I remember Kim having a kind heart, and she was always patient with younger lawyers, and spent a lot of time mentoring and helping them. To more senior lawyers she was a breath of fresh air. Always capable and scrupulously honest and straightforward with her clients and others.

I wish to express my deepest condolences to her friends and family. This is a great loss for all.
Steve Tsoris
September 9, 2019
Kim was a great mentor to me when I was a young attorney and I admire her strength and kindness. She has made a difference in so many lives.
Angela Foster-Rice
September 8, 2019
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