Marilyn A. Kogan, (nee Post), 90, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Edward Hospital, Naperville, Illinois. She had most recently been a resident of Tabor Hills Nursing Home also in Naperville and Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Marilyn was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, August 6, 1922 to Margaret Kennedy Post and Corning Post, the youngest of 5 children. A graduate of Jersey City's Dickinson High School class of 1940, she became a professional dancer at the age of 9 performing in the New Jersey/New York area. A favorite memory of her young performing life was her experience as a part of a group hired to entertain passengers on the ocean liner, Queen Mary, that had just docked after it's maiden voyage at New York harbor in 1936. Marilyn met her husband Boris Kogan, a Russian pianist in 1944 when they performed in the Broadway musical, "Something for the Boys" with Ethel Merman. They married 8 months later in July of 1944 and were together for 36 years until Boris' death in 1980 at age 76. Marilyn danced until 1959 when her second daughter was born and then after a few years of staying home, began to work again in retail sales in California where she Boris and their two daughters had moved to in 1964 when Boris' work took them to the Los Angeles area. Marilyn was employed for many years in the retail industry and only retired at age 79 due to health issues. She then moved to Illinois to live with her daughter Meredith in Glen Ellyn and in the last year moved to Tabor Hills. She was predeceased by her parents, her 2 sisters, 2 brothers and her husband and is survived by her daughters Pamela Kogan of Altona, Illinois and Meredith (Joseph) Salamunovich and her 2 beloved grandchildren, Alexandra and Andrew, all of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 10:30am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 3026 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, after which she will be interred near her parents, sister and other family members at Holy Name Chapel Mausoleum, Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, New Jersey. Arrangements by Leonard Memorial Home, (630) 469-0032.
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Published in Central DuPage News/Leader/Post/Press on September 5, 2012