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Marilyn Diane Bloom

April 9, 1929 February 28, 2018
Marilyn Diane Bloom
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Obituary for Marilyn Diane Bloom

Marilyn Diane Bloom (nee Ironson), age 88, a resident of Naperville, IL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at her home. She was born April 9, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY.

Marilyn was the only child of Mae Ironson (died 1985) and Jesse Ironson (died 1986).
Her favorite childhood friend was Marilyn Bloom – the two of them were like sisters. Even when they lived long distances apart, she visited Marylin quite frequently. For her 13th birthday, Marilyn’s older brother, Seymour took her to a Broadway show, followed by dinner – eight years later they were married (March 19, 1950).

Marilyn was very devoted to her family. Having been an only child, she tried to attend as many of Seymour’s family gatherings as possible (in Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, and Illinois) – celebrating the happy occasions and mourning the sad ones.

Marilyn and Seymour had three children: Charles Bloom, Kenneth Bloom (died 3 days after birth), and Judy Kestler (George); three grandchildren: Lisa Long (Grady), Jason Kestler (Kristin), and Jessica Kestler; and three great-grandchildren: Maddie Long, Henry Long, and Oskar Kestler.

Until they were grown and left their nest, Marilyn and Seymour took their children on annual vacation trips to places like Yellowstone Park, Niagara Falls, Disneyland, Wisconsin Dells, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park in South Dakota, etc. – after their children were grown, they continued that tradition with their grandchildren.

Marilyn enjoyed movies (her favorite actress was Margaret Sullivan), listening to popular music (her favorite singers were Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion), attending concerts and live stage shows, and traveling. She also liked to sing. For many years she was a member of her synagogue’s choir. While her children were in high school (Naperville Community High School – now known as Naperville Central High School), she eagerly participated in semi-annual parent/student musicals produced by that school’s choir director and his wife (John and Elvina Pearce).

Marilyn and Seymour traveled far and wide - their travels took them through 49 of the 50 states (missing only Rhode Island). They also visited Canada, the Caribbean, Israel, the Panama Canal – and just recently they took two European river cruises (passing through Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary).

Funeral services will be held at Congregation Beth Shalom, 772 W. 5th Ave. Naperville, IL with Rabbi Marc Rudolph on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM, followed by burial in Lincoln Memorial Park of Aurora, IL.

Visitation (Shiva) will be at the home of Judy and George Kestler (143 East Hillside Road in Naperville, IL) on Friday following the burial until sunset and Sunday from 10:00am until 8:00pm, with services commencing at 7:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to any of Marilyn’s favorite charities: Americares, Mazon, Loaves and Fishes (a local food bank in Naperville, IL), Naperville Cares, Northern Illinois Food Bank, St. Jude Children's Memorial Hospital, Save the Children and Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago, IL.

Arrangements by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville, IL.

For more information, please call (630) 355-0213.

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11:00 AM 3/2/2018 11:00:00 AM
Congregation Beth Shalom

772 W. 5th Ave.
Naperville, IL 60563

Congregation Beth Shalom
772 W. 5th Ave. Naperville 60563 IL
United States

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Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery Final Resting Place

675 Route 30
Aurora, IL 60506

675 Route 30 Aurora 60506 IL
United States

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