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Marie R. DowningDOWNING

Marie R. Downing, nee Olejniczak, 75 , of Hammond, formerly of Edison Park. Beloved wife of the late Wilbur S. “Bill” Downing and Robert Malczyk. Loving mother of Gregory (Kathy) Downing, Gary, Kathryn (Tassos) Dafnis and Karen (Randolph) Stowe. Proud grandmother of Andrianna, Paul, Jessica, Rebecca and Jennifer. Fond sister of Barbara (Terrence) Ganser and Thomas Olejniczak. Dear aunt of many nieces and nephews and a Great aunt of one. Retired longtime manager of Protection Mutual Insurance Company of Park Ridge. Marie was raised on the far southeast side of Chicago in the Hegewisch neighborhood. She attended St. Florian Grammar School and St. Michael’s all-girl high school in the South Chicago neighborhood. Marie was fluent in Polish by the age of five, taught to her by her maternal grandmother with whom she was very close. Marie had a very friendly outgoing personality and she had many friends. She had a life-long interest in learning but mostly she loved everyone in her family and made each and every one of them feel special. Her life was a blessing, her memory a treasure, she is loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure. Visitation Monday, November 20, 2017 at the M.J. Suerth Funeral Home, 6754 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, from 2:30 until 8:00 PM. In State Tuesday, 10:30 AM at Edison Park United Methodist Church, 6740 N. Oliphant, Chicago. Funeral Service 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Orphans of the Storm. Interment Town of Maine Cemetery. For further information 877-631-1240 or www.suerth .com.