Arlene A. Fencl, nee Jecmen

Arlene Fencl

Arlene A. Fencl, nee Jecmen, age 88, of Tinley Park, formerly of California and LaGrange Park.  Beloved wife of the late Thomas L. Fencl.  Loving mother of Kim (Steve) Rak, Laura Newer and John Fencl; devoted grandmother of 7; great grandmother of 3; dear sister of the late Dorothy (the late Stanley) Skladzien.  Arlene was the Principal of St. Louise de Marillac School for over 15 years.   A Memorial Visitation will be held Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL  60513.

Current Covid regulations allow for a maximum of 50 people in the funeral home at a time. Face coverings are required, the lounge facilities are closed, outside food or beverages are not allowed at this time.  All are asked to pay their respects/condolences to the Fencl family, please be cognitive of others waiting to do the same.

Funeral Mass Saturday 10:30 A.M. Holy Guardian Angels Parish, St. Louise de Marillac Church, Corner of 30th and Raymond, LaGrange Park.

All wishing to attend Mass need to register at: 100 guests maximum will be allowed to attend Mass. Please pre-register to confirm your attendance. Sign up will close on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 3 P.M. Walk-ins will be welcome on a space limited basis.

Interment Private Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.

Memorials appreciated to Dominican University, 7900 West Division Street, River Forest, IL  60305.

Information 708-485-2000 or

For those of you that would like to express your condolences to the family, please click on the link below and you can leave the family a message. If you wish to send a sympathy card to the family, please feel free to send it to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513, c/o Arlene Fencl Family. We will gladly forward it on to the family.


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  1. Kate Ryan condolence:

    Many prayers and blessings to the family from the ICSJ Music Ministry Team.

  2. Judy Popernik condolence:

    Please accept my deepest condolences.
    I enjoyed working with your mother at St. Louise and having her as a friend.

  3. Beth and Joel Weiss condolence:

    By her work and the love she gave to her family, she shared her gifts with this world. Thinking of you…

  4. Bill and Michelle Farrell condolence:

    The Farrell family is praying for you during this time of grief. She was a beautiful and hard working woman whose love of God continues to shine in her family.

  5. Margaret and John Comer condolence:

    Dear Kim and family, Our prayers and thoughts are with you and whole family. This a tough time to lose one’s mother and not to be able to be with your close friends and extended family . You do so much for all in the parish thank you. God Bless to all.

  6. Virginia Sullivan condolence:

    What a wonderful, inspiring life she led. God bless Arlene on her passing and you and your sister and brother and all her loved ones. May she rest in eternal peace.

  7. Maria & Chris Collins condolence:

    Dear Kim and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear that your Mom has passed away. We are grateful for the opportunity to have met her at Caitlin and Stephen’s wedding. May you be comforted by His love and mercy during this difficult time.

    All our love, Maria and Chris

  8. lee mate condolence:

    Dear Kim, Laura, and John,
    Your wonderful Mom was my Principal at St. Louise, so I well remember her excellent leadership. And I will always remember her beautiful smile and friendship. Please except my sympathy.

  9. Mary Jane Shields/Sullivan condolence:

    Your mom took me under her wing when I was a baby DRE at St. Louise. I will never forget how she mentored me with her quite manner and kindness. She is truly an angel now in God’s kingdom!

  10. Carolyn Hammerschmitt condolence:

    A dear friend and colleague I have always loved and admired. She brought so many gifts to our school and our parish.

  11. Kathy Oprenchak (nee Oswald) condolence:

    To the family of Mrs. Fencl, Please accept my condolences. I was student at St. Louise and she was my science teacher. She became principal the year after I graduated. My mother, Carol, was a fixture at the school as well, long after I left. Mrs. Fencl was always very kind to her and myself. There are teachers you never forget, no matter how old you get and she was one of them. May God be with you during this time.

  12. Sue & Tom Laue condolence:

    Kim, it’s clear your mom had a lovely spirit that shines in you as well as her grandchildren. She was an educator and pretty, like you! May her presence be close to you even more now. Blessings, love and peace to you and the family, Sue & Tom Laue

  13. Janice Holland Walsen condolence:

    Dear Kim, Laura, and John,
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful mother with her second family at St. Louise de Marillac School. She was a wonderful teacher and an amazing principal. I count myself fortunate to have worked with her for so many years and to have been included in her circle of friends. What an awesome lady!

  14. Bryan Witkowski condolence:

    To the Family…I was student at St. Louise and she was my science teacher. She became principal the year after I graduated too..She was a great teacher, leader, and a positive influence in my life…God Bless her!!!

  15. Dee McReynolds condolence:

    My sincere condolences to the whole family.

  16. Jill Kroc-Schwinn condolence:

    John (and family), I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. May you find peace in the memories you have of your mom.

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