In Memoriam

Sister Marlene (Anthony Irene) Kuhnlein, OP

Sister Geraldine Maloney, OP(1934-2023)

Marlene Ann Kuhnlein entered the world at just six and a half months’ gestation on March 2, 1934, and spent the first three weeks of her life in an incubator at Lewis Memorial Maternity Hospital in Chicago. She was the only child of Anthony and Irene (Lowen) Kuhnlein, who lived in the Jackson Park area of Chicago’s South Side.
Tony and Irene officially met at a dance in Chicago, although they may have crossed paths earlier since there was a very distant family relationship. Tony worked as a streetcar conductor and, in his younger days, played baseball for the Chicago White Sox, while before their marriage, Irene was a telephone operator. 
When Tony was a youngster, he was hit in the head with a baseball, and as an adult, a streetcar accident gave him another head injury. This led to seizures, which ultimately proved fatal; he died in 1937 at the age of thirty-three, when Marlene was just three years old.
“Naturally, I have regretted never really knowing my father,” Sister Marlene wrote in her autobiography. “I have always believed that my vocation was a gift that God bestowed on me due to my father’s prayers for me before His throne.”

Read more about Sister Marlene (PDF).

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 

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Avatar  Anne Gilpin 7 months agoReply

I've known Marlene over just about the past 20 years. We enjoyed a genuine respect and love between us, a friendship I'd never envisioned when we first became acquainted.Sr Ann Szabo introduced us, and Marlene became my elderly Mother's companion and caregiver back in 2003. She was truly an extension of and within our Family. I was impressed and inspired
by her Faith and bravery as she dealt with the realities of her terminal illness.
I learned so much from her example, goodness, choices! I promised her I'd never forget her, and hoped we'd meet in Heaven some day.
So, Dear Friend, go with the angels, enjoy your reunions, and keep an eye out for me (Willie too) when our time comes to reunite in Heaven.

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