Marla Ann Dorf
FUNERAL HOME
Chicago Jewish Funerals
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, IL
Marla Ann Dorf nee Palmer passed away peacefully surrounded by family Saturday, September 11, 2021, after a long battle with cancer, she was 70 years old. Marla is survived by her husband of 37 years Steve, her son Sammy (Fiance Hannah Tyrrell) Dorf, daughter Jaclyn (Scott) Axonovitz , two grandchildren Cooper and Sloane Axonovitz and her sister Monica (Jeff) Biegel. It wouldn't be right to say that Marla lost a battle to cancer, because she never stopped fighting. No matter the day, the diagnosis…her spirit never wavered. She was the definition of strength and resilience; there was no quit in Marla. Everyone that knows Marla knows that she was the most giving, positive, and selfless person around.? Marla lived her life for others & devoted her love to her family.? From her home in Deerfield, IL where her and her husband Steve raised two beautiful children. To the shores of Lake Michigan where Marla and Steve built their "heaven on earth" in Michiana, Michigan, "Happy Marla" was the queen of this "country" town.? A Saturday morning walk down the lake road was filled with conversations with life long friends.? "Happy Marla" loved nothing more than engraining her two grandchildren into the Michiana community. In the kitchen Marla came to life.? From her pizza, to rice casserole &? her famous sausage & peppers, all her special dishes were known to anyone who was lucky enough to grace her kitchen.? But don't let the sauce stains on the apron fool you.? Always dressed to the nines with her hair, nails, and makeup done impeccably, Marla was a lady through and through. Service Tuesday 1PM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd. (at Niles Center Road) Skokie. Interment Westlawn. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Keshet, 610 Academy Drive, Northbrook, Illinois 60062 https://www.keshet.org/ To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822, www.cjfinfo.com


Published by Chicago Tribune from Sep. 13 to Sep. 14, 2021.
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Steve, Jaclyn and Sammy, Our deepest condolences to you! It´s so hard to imagine a world without Marla! Sending our love at this impossible time! Love, Nina and Jimmy
Nina and Jimmy Mann
September 16, 2021
John and I wish Steve and his family our sincere sympathy on the loss of Marla. Marla was a person that you can meet once and never forget. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.
John and Louise Starmann
Friend
September 15, 2021
"Happy Marla" She shared her smile and energy with everyone. Our Children and our Grand Children always refer to her as "Happy Marla". After every Fourth of July Parade in Michiana they could not wait until it was over to go to Marla's House to get all the goodies she had for everyone in the village . Truly a remarkable lady that will never be forgotten. Irwin & Sharon
Irwin & Sharon Berg
Friend
September 15, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Marla´s passing. My condolences to Steve and his family.
Pat Glenday
September 14, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Marla will be missed by everyone . She was a fireball!!! May your memories bring you comfort
Meryl and Carter Auslander
September 14, 2021
So very sorry for this huge loss . Marla was a legend in the MICHIANA community and will be greatly missed . Always smiling and handing out popsicles after the 4th of July parade in front of your home . Very sad and thinking of you all during this most challenging time . Sending love to Steve and your entire family .
Debbie laser
Friend
September 14, 2021
So sorry to hear about Marla. I worked for many years at the junior high in Deerfield where Marla subbed often. Her exuberance, kindness, and cooking abilities were legendary at Caruso and everyone loved her. May she Rest In Peace!
Meryl Greenfield
September 14, 2021
A valiant fight. My Condolences Steve to you and your family.
Carole Segal Marshall
Friend
September 14, 2021
Steve and your lovely family - Jack and I send you our deepest condolence for such an angel to be taken from us. She was one of the warmest, most welcoming from the Michiana crew 27 years ago when I first met you both. She had laughs and smiles for everyone and loved her friends and family. I enjoyed her tremendously and send you much love.
Kim & Jack Olesker
Friend
September 14, 2021
Steve and family, I'm so sorry to hear about Marla's passing. She was indeed a strong spirit. It's only been 2 years since the last NNHS reunion. Narla looked great and had the same strong spirit then. Technically, Marla was my 1st girlfriend though it doesn't mean an awful lot in the 4th grade. Marla was my date, however, to see the Beatles in concert at the Chicago Stadium in September 1964 from the 5th row, center aisle. Steve, my heart goes out to you and your fanily. I'll be watching online, today.
John Rowe
School
September 14, 2021
Albert and Doris Ancel
September 13, 2021
Dear Steve and family Remembering over forty years of friendship and spending time together in Chicago and Arizona. You and Marla are like family. She will be greatly missed. Bob Leve and Kim Fridkin
Bob Leve
Friend
September 13, 2021
Kathleen Roberts
September 13, 2021
Renzo Mejia
September 13, 2021
I met Marla in the cheese section of Safeway in Scottsdale. We only spoke for a short while, but I knew she was my friend. We exchanged numbers, but sadly never got together. I´m so saddened by her loss & the fact that I never got to know her better. Hearing all the wonderful things that are being said about her really doesn´t surprise me. I felt her warmth the moment we met. May she Rest In Peace.
Candi Nathan
Friend
September 13, 2021
Steve: With all our sympathy to you and your family. Marla was a wonderful person.
Kathy & Ted Dickson
Friend
September 13, 2021
Anthony and Michele Marsico
September 13, 2021
Dear Steve, my sincere condolences to you and the entire family.
Arlene Preis
September 13, 2021
To the family of my "blonde sister" there are no words for your loss! Take care of you.
Maria Veronico
September 13, 2021
Marla, your are truly a beautiful soul. I am certain right after your parents greet you in the next word, they will quickly be followed by Nana, Papa, and Uncle Richard. I will never forgot your giving spirit and acts of kindness. I wish I had told you how special I think you are. xoxox. Gone but not forgotten.
Cari Wagner
September 13, 2021
Dear Steve and Family, Our condolences to you, remembering Marla, honoring her contagious exuberance and memories of happy times shared in Michiana.
Chris, Bill, and Caren Gertner
Other
September 13, 2021
"Venus rising" That's what we always called her after she walked through the water from the boat with a tray of homemade Italian ice for the stop 40 beach crowd. She was a unique spirit. Our heartfelt condolances.
Ricky and Deanne Turim
September 13, 2021
Steve, my most sincere condolences on the news of your great personal loss. Marla was indeed a beautiful person.
Bruce Rosenberg
September 13, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to you Steve, Jaclyn,Sammy. Marla was such a special person at a point in my life. She was every that has been said about her, loving, giving and a inspiration to all that knew her. May God rest her soul.
Barbara Shuman
September 13, 2021
Marla was a wonderful friend. My son Adam summed her up best. She will be missed. So sorry for your terrible loss. We had wonderful times together.
Steven A Fischman DDS
Friend
September 13, 2021
Marla's presence lives on in the lives of others, which is the whole point of our time here. As someone once said, rather than mourn the absence of a flame - Let us celebrate how brightly it burned.
Jo Levine
September 13, 2021
Marla will be missed by all. But her warmth will always be around those who knew knew her. Our thoughts are with all of the family.
Mark & Patrizia Feierberg
September 13, 2021
Steve, Sammy and Jaclyn my heartfelt condolences to you on your loss. From my bridesmaid at her cousin Richard´s wedding to caring for him in her home in the weeks of his cancer battle Marla gave selflessly. May her memory be a blessing
Karen Flicher
September 13, 2021
Steve, my sincerest heartfelt sympathies to you and your family
Scott Sherwin
Friend
September 12, 2021
Steve, Sammy and Jaclyn, I have no words that will comfort you during this incredibly difficult time. Marla was loved by all that knew her. Above all else, she adored her family and cherished her beautiful Cooper and Sloane. I will miss her terribly and will hold tightly to the memories we shared. Her smile, her generous heart and her loving spirit will never be forgotten. Much love to you all
Michele Gallas
Friend
September 12, 2021
Steve, Jaclyn & Sam-we can´t tell you how sorry we are to hear of Marla´s passing. We feel blessed to have known her, call her a friend, and spent time together with Carly & Jaclyn. We truly cherish all those memories. We still laugh about our time at La Scarola. Marla was full of joy, it was contagious. She was an inspiration! You are all in our hearts and our thoughts!!! May her memory be a blessing and bring you comfort and peace. All our love-Jodi and Howard Cohen
Jodi & Howard Cohen
Friend
September 12, 2021
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