Funeral Details

Marilyn G. Birz

February 21, 1936 - February 7, 2024


Date and Time

Friday, February 9, 2024 at 12 Noon


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077
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Rabbi Dena Feingold


Westlawn Cemetery
7801 West Montrose Avenue
Norridge, Illinois 60706
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Birz Residence
4757 Howard Street, Unit 305
Skokie, Illinois 60076
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Friday upon return from the cemetery.
Saturday from 6PM until 9PM
Sunday from noon until 9PM

Memorial Contributions

East Prairie School Educational Foundation
7616 East Prairie Road
Skokie, Illinois 60076


Marilyn Birz nee Grossman, age 87

Beloved wife of the late Allen Birz. Loving mother of Suzi Birz and David Birz. Cherished grandmother of Alec (Kayla) Birz and Emily Birz. Caring sister of Eileen Gelick nee Grossman, sister-in-law of Michael Gelick, sister of the late Wilma Wolk nee Grossman. Loving aunt to Debbie Wolk, Robin Ward, Steven (Laura) Wolk, Evan Gelick, Robert (Dana) Gelick and many great nieces, great nephews, and cousins. Treasured friend to many. Preceded in death by beloved parents Gertrude nee Hammer and Milton Grossman. Service Friday, 12 Noon at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road), Skokie. Interment Westlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the East Prairie School Educational Foundation, 7616 East Prairie Road, Skokie, Illinois 60076, To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Dear Suzi,
My heartfelt condolences to you on the loss of your wonderful mom. She was such a welcoming person when I met her at East Prairie my first year of teaching and became a very special friend. Her kindness will always be remembered and she will be missed.
Thinking of you,
Andrea Smeeton

Andrea Smeeton
February 8, 2024
Mrs. Birz was my son’s 4th grade teacher. We can’t say enough good things about her including identifying that my son needed glasses. He drove her crazy because he would always tilt his chair back and she was afraid he would get hurt. I also worked with Mrs. Birz on the PTA and the Foundation. She will be sorely missed and may her memory be eternal.
Our sympathies to all,
Mary Granato and family

Mary Granato
February 8, 2024
When I think of Marilyn, I think first of her beautiful smile and open heart, which she offered so readily. Her house was indeed a home, where all were welcomed, well-fed, and warmed by her presence. My recipe box has a card - hand-written by Marilyn - for meringue cookies. I learned how to make lattkes by watching Marilyn in her Skokie kitchen . After Ira and I were married, I treasured our trips to Chicago and always loved the stories about the Grossman sisters and Salkin brothers. As mentioned in her service earlier today, Marilyn's legacy is one of unconditional love. I trust that this will comfort all who knew and were loved by this incredible lady.

Kay Salkin
February 9, 2024
We met Marilyn through our involvement with the East Prairie School Foundation. We are so glad that we came to know her and be her friend. Diana will especially miss her lunches with Marilyn, talking about family and getting her wisdom and guidance. May her memory be a blessing - it will be for us, always.

Richard and Diana Evonitz
February 10, 2024