Marlene Joan Fox, nee Cihak, age 87, of Villa Park

Written by Brust Funeral Home on March 28th, 2019

Fox-Marlene2Marlene Joan Fox, nee Cihak, age 87, died March 27, 2019.  Marlene was the beloved wife of Richard L. Fox for 67 years before his passing February 21, 2019.

Those left to honor her memory include her daughter, Sharon Pedersen and son-in-law Carl, grandson Adam Pedersen (Nikki) and granddaughter Jennifer Jacobi (Kevin).  Marlene will always be remembered by her great grandchildren, Elaina, Clint, Brylee, Nicholas and Elliot.

Marlene was born in Oak Park as the youngest of four children to August and Rose Cihak.  She grew up in Berwyn and graduated from J. Sterling Morton High School in 1949.

In 1951, she met Richard on a blind date.  After a 3 month courtship, they married October 6, 1951.  They spent the first few years of their marriage touring the country while Richard was in the US Air Force.

In 1960, Marlene and Richard moved to San Luis Obispo, CA where Richard attended California State Polytechnic College, graduating in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.  Marlene was granted the honorary degree of PHT “Pushing Hubby Through”.

They returned to Chicago and raised a family. She became a member of Harvard Avenue Evangelical Free Church, where she put her talents to work in the Christian Education Committee and ran the children’s program, “Little Friends”, during Ladies Bible Study each Tuesday morning.

She and Richard enjoyed camping when they were younger and eventually moved on to daily bus trips.  They could often be found at McDonald’s for afternoon coffee.

Marlene will be remembered for her fantastic vegetable garden, having Tic Tac’s in nearly every room of the house, and always having a Kleenex tucked up her sleeve.

A memorial gathering will be held Monday, April 1, 2019, from 4-8 pm at Brust Villa Park Funeral Home, 305 S. Princeton Ave, Villa Park, IL. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 10 am at Brust Villa Park Funeral Home with interment to follow at Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery, 4301 W. Roosevelt Rd., Hillside, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Harvard Avenue Evangelical Free Church, 206 W. St. Charles Rd., Villa Park, IL 60181, 630-834-2650 would be appreciated.

Contact Brust Funeral Home at 888-629-0094 for information.


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