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Marion "Ralph" Jelen

September 8, 1924 June 1, 2019
Marion "Ralph" Jelen
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Marion “Ralph” Jelen, age 94, of Spring Grove, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville. Ralph was born on September 8, 1924 in Chicago to Thomas and Julia (Hanzel) Jelen.
On December 29, 1951, Ralph married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Telizyn.

A WWII veteran, Ralph was inducted into the U.S. Army and served our great county for three years spending the majority of his time in France. Upon his return, he and Mary made Chicago their home and began their family. During that time, Ralph not only worked but he also managed to further his education at Roosevelt University in Chicago where he obtained his Masters Degree and began teaching English and Math at Holy Innocents which he so enjoyed. Ralph retired from RR Donnelley where he worked as a marketing designer for many years.

A 25 year resident of Spring Grove and previously of Wauconda. He enjoyed spending time canoeing with Mary in the back woods of Canada, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Many a trips they would carry their canoe through the rough terrain of the north woods and hear the rustle of the black bears hovering around. He was an avid reader and enjoyed writing poetry and drawing. Ralph was a very loving husband and father and a doting grandpa who loved unconditionally and will forever be missed.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary; son, Joseph Jelen; grandchildren, Jasmine, Jillian Bieze, Jeffrey (Lauren) Jelen, Jacquelin Jelen; great granddaughter, Jessie Julie Jelen; son-in-law, Richard Aadland and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Julita Jelen, Ann Jelen; brother, Adolph Jelen; son, Steven Jelen; daughter, Julie Aadland.

Visitation Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Thompson Spring Grove Funeral Home, 8103 Wilmot Road, Spring Grove, IL 60081.

Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 2118 Main Street, Spring Grove, IL 60081.

Interment will be in Transfiguration Catholic Cemetery, Wauconda, IL.

Memorials to The American Cancer Society, or ASPCA at would be greatly appreciated by the family.

For additional information, please call the funeral home at 815-675-0550.

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10:00 AM 6/5/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 6/5/2019 11:00:00 AM
Thompson Spring Grove Funeral Home

8103 Wilmot Road
Spring Grove, IL 60081

Thompson Spring Grove Funeral Home
8103 Wilmot Road Spring Grove 60081 IL
United States

Funeral Mass




11:30 AM 6/5/2019 11:30:00 AM
St. Peter's Church

2118 Main Street
Spring Grove, IL 60081

St. Peter's Church
2118 Main Street Spring Grove 60081 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Transfiguration Catholic Cemetery Final Resting Place

Wauconda, ill 60084

IL-176 Wauconda 60084 ill
United States

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