Funeral Details

Arlene "Grami" Kabb

November 20, 1945 - May 24, 2023


Date and Time

Sunday, May 28, 2023 at 10:00 AM


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Buffalo Grove Chapel
195 North Buffalo Grove Road
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089
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Family will not be receiving people before the service.


Rabbi Lisa Bellows


Shalom Memorial Park
1700 W Rand Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
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Harris Residence
650 Sapling Lane
Deerfield, Illinois 60015
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Sunday following the interment until 7PM,
Monday 3PM - 8PM
Tuesday 4PM - 8PM

The service will be live streamed on Sunday, May 28, 2023 at 10:00 AM Central Time.

Memorial Contributions

Saving Tiny Hearts
PO Box 1058
Deerfield, Illinois 60015


Arlene "Grami" Kabb nee Pluda, 77
Beloved wife of Harold Kabb. Loving mother of Alan (Barb) Kabb, Brad (Lindsay ) Kabb, Dori (Kevin) Harris and Julie (Lauretta Tagli) Kabb. Proud grami of Jordan, Lexi, Rex, Mack, Emmett, Kaidyn and Talia. Dear sister of Debby (Dave) Dresden. Service Sunday 10AM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 195 N. Buffalo Grove Road (One block north of Lake Cook Road) Buffalo Grove. Interment Shalom. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saving Tiny Hearts, PO Box 1058, Deerfield, IL 60015, To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals ? Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Arlene’s loss came as a tremendous shock to all of us who knew her.
I met Arlene at the Buffalo Grove Fitness Center.
I never saw her without a big smile and a wonderful laugh.
We talked about makeup a lot, and a while back I admired her lipstick. Not only did she scour every MAC lipstick counter, but she called MAC corporate headquarters and finally found it. Two for her, and two for me.
I was actually wearing it today when I got the terrible news.
That was Arlene.
May her memory be a blessing, and may her family go

Susan Stouber
May 25, 2023
We will miss Aunt Arlene so much - how will we ever keep up on the family news without the Arlene News Network? The long talks on the phone while she walked. Oh, she walked. She walked for miles, and solved the problems of the world during those walks. She talked to family and friends, greeted everyone she saw and kept on walking.

When my mother (Arlene's Sister-in-Law) was ill, Aunt Arlene was always there for us. She would visit my mother, bringing salads and gossip. When my mother passed, Arlene was the first person I called - she was at one of the boys' baseball games, but came over right away and sat with me through everything. She helped me do all of those adult things that I never thought I would have to do. And now I am watching her kids go through the same thing, except they don't have an Arlene to show them the path.

We still hear your voice, your laugh and your whisper when you relate a juicy piece of gossip. Hopefully, that will remain with us forever.

Your kids are strong, you raised them well. You should be proud of them today.

Tracy and Timm

Tracy Miller
May 25, 2023
The world has lost a precious gem. I had the pleasure of working at Twin Groves with Arlene for 20 years. She started my day with a friendly face and never failed to make my day a good one. As I drove home I would see her walking and marveled at her energy. I can still see her waving and smiling as I went by. She will be missed by so many. May all of your memories help you through this difficult time.

Terri Porto
May 25, 2023
It’s inconceivable that we will no longer see that smiling face. Arlene was the kindest, most loving person I think I’ve ever known. I she was beloved, they all who knew her. The shock of all of this is surreal. My heart breaks, especially for Harold, my dearest friend, Sandy and Elaine. We will keep looking at the old pictures and remember the fabulous times that we all had together. Will love you always.

Rhona Bresler
May 25, 2023
I knew Arlene from the health club
Walked with her & had great conversations
Saw her walking in the hood
Always had a smile on her face
Found her grand kids gifts for hanukah especially the cubs
She will be deeply missed

Arlene Napshin

Arlene Napshin
May 25, 2023
Arlene was the kindest, funniest, most beautiful inside and out- she touched thousands of lives. Sending deepest condolences to all.

Carolyn Pinta
May 25, 2023
My canasta buddy. I am sending virtual hugs to the entire Kabb family. I have never known a more positive, loving and energetic person as Arlene. I was blessed to have gotten to know her. I will forever miss her smile. Every time they play Go Cubs Go I will look upward and smile at my friend.

Debbie Gross
May 25, 2023
As a soccer teammate and friend of Julie’s, I was lucky enough to have known Mrs. Kabb for many years. Very sweet, kind and loving, Mrs. Kabb was an amazing person. I remember her on the sidelines cheering us on at many of our games. The love that this family shared was loud and proud. Very admirable witnessing the love they shared for each other. It poured out of their hearts. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow. Hugs!

Laura Walker
May 26, 2023
Arlene was a beautiful soul that I was blessed to know for eight years. I am incredibly blessed to have shared time sharing sotries about our children, Cubs (vs. Sox) and other life experiences. she has graced my life and will be tremendously missed.

Jason Soulje
May 26, 2023
I will miss her bright spirit and smile and seeing Arlene walking through our area, passing her so many times I couldn’t count them.

Rosalyn Fox
May 26, 2023
Arlene was a super sweet person. She always amazed me with her kind spirit and super high energy levels. I will miss her smile and her kind aura.

Mike L
May 26, 2023
I was so sad to hear about Arlene passing away. I remember when she was the lunch lady
and Xero lady at Prairie School. She was a hard worker who always had a smiling face. I remember how happy she was to retire and be with her grandchildren. She will be missed! May her memory be a blessing. Iris Shapiro

Iris Shapiro
May 26, 2023
I’m so sorry to hear about Arlene’s passing. I worked with her at Twin Groves in the 90s. She hugged me when I got hired, came to my wedding, and always had a funny and positive thing to say-such an inspiration to everyone who shared her space. I can’t imagine how much you will miss her. She was just an angel.

Betsy Drew
May 26, 2023
We were fortunate to know Arlene and to be included as a part of her extended family. She was such a wonderful and loving person. We will certainly miss her timely cards and notes immensely.
May she rest in peace and for those close to her to find comfort at this time.
Jeff and Kay Brown

Jeff and Kay Brown
May 27, 2023
When I became Prairie School's first principal in 1979, Arlene became my indispensable right hand assistant as our first PTO president and a jack of all trades employee. She was thoughtful, positive and energetic...a truly creative problem solver and difference maker. She was the loving mama bear of her family and a true treasure in our world. I feel honored to have known Arlene.

Cindy Kalogeropoulos
May 27, 2023
Dear Harold, Alan, Brad, Dori, and Julie -

I was so blessed to see Arlene just a few weeks ago while having brunch with my mother in Deerfield. She has the best energy and laugh. My prayers and love are with all of you.


Ian Krassek
May 27, 2023