Marlene Golden (Landesman), age 84, died peacefully from health complications from age on Friday, February 28, 2020 at The Selfhelp Home, Chicago, IL, attended by her youngest son, Clint.

Marlene was adopted into her family in Illinois by a non-church and non-adoption agency adoption. She is predeceased by her adoptive parents and a brother Robert.

Some of Marlene’s birth family were evidently from the Henry, Tennessee, area.

She is survived by her sons, Tony Jacobs, Peter Jacobs and his wife Sherry, Clint Golden, also by her granddaughter, Courtney Spainhower (Jacobs) and her husband Nathan, and by her 2 great-granddaughters, Alizah Conard and Maela Spainhower.

Marlene was a patron of the arts with a zeal for travel. She led a colorful and fascinating life, collecting artifacts from her adventures, attending the opera regularly, and instilling a love for the arts in her granddaughter. She was a painter herself, though this wasn’t something she was known to boast. Marlene will be remembered by all who knew her for her elegant style, patience, and unapologetically dry wit. She was generous, honest, and admired for her confident, easy-going attitude. 

Battling numerous health issues and surviving a heart attack weren’t enough to temper Marlene’s huge personality. Even in her final weeks, she was cracking on about her neighbors. This world was hardly big enough to contain her. She took living life seriously, she was quietly nostalgic, and she was not easily rattled. Marlene will be sorely missed and remembered fondly by all who had the great honor of knowing her.

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