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Claudia S. Kint

Born: 13-Dec-60     Died: 24-Dec-05

Claudia S. Kint Claudia S. Kint nee Arnesen...beloved wife of Ron...Loving mother of Jack, Adam and Kees...Dear daughter of Jack and Patricia Arnesen...Sister of Craig (Susan) Arnesen, Karen Whiting, Kim Arnesen, Kris (Chip) Shepherd and Kent Arnesen...Daughter in law of Peter and Toos Kint...Sister in law of Peter (Anna) Kint, Paul (Dorita) Kint and Rich (Kelly) Kint...Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews..."You are our angel"...Resting at the Brady-Gill Funeral Home, 2929 W. 87th St., Evergreen Park where visitation will be held Thursday from 2 to 9 PM...Cremation private...A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 14, 2006, 10:00 AM at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chesnut, Chicago, IL...In lieu of flowers donations to Kint Childrens Fund c/o Beverly Bank and Trust, 10258 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60643 or St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 appreciated...(708) 636-2600 or

By Russell Working

Chicago Tribune staff reporter

Published January 1, 2006

Claudia S. Kint

1960 - 2005

Clothing expert had eye for future.

Fashion buyer forecast the trends and had a passion for family, books.

Claudia S. Kint, a senior buyer for Chicago-based Mark Shale stores, had a passion for stylish apparel for career women in their 30s, 40s and 50s with a modern attitude, said Scott Baskin, company president and co-owner.

"The fit was so important, because moms today want to dress more like their daughters than like their mothers," Baskin said. "But it's got to fit them. Their daughter's clothes don't always fit them."

Mrs. Kint, 45, died Saturday, Dec. 24, at home in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood. She was suffering from breast and lung cancer, said her husband, Ron.

Mrs. Kint combined artistic talent with a keen understanding of what the customer wanted, Baskin said. She also was skilled in one of the clothing world's most demanding talents: forecasting the future.

"It means taking pretty fabrics and knowing what the next fashion trend would be way before it ever hits the next fashion pages," Baskin said.

Born Claudia Arnesen in Chicago, she graduated from Barrington High School in 1979 and attended a trade school in Dallas, where she studied clothes merchandising.

She met her husband in 1986 when they both dropped in with friends at a local sports bar to watch the Bears win the Super Bowl, her husband said.

"Our first kiss was when the Bears either scored a touchdown or actually won the game," he said.

Before beginning at Mark Shale in 1996, she worked at Hartmarx Corp. and JG Hook, apparel producers and marketers.

Yet Mrs. Kint's primary focus was on her family, her husband said.

She was active in Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago and was one of the founding members of a book club that tried to instill a love of reading and literature in children, including her sons Jack, 11, Adam, 9, and Kees, 4.

Many of the same adults organized a prayer group that met every Sunday after Mrs. Kint was diagnosed with cancer, her husband said. They prayed for a miracle--healing--but received a different answer.

"One of the women said we may not have gotten a miracle we were praying for, but I think the miracle that actually happened was the relationships and the love that has developed through this prayer group," he said.

Survivors also include her mother, Patricia Arnesen; brothers Craig and Kent Arnesen; and sisters Karen Whiting, Kim Arnesen and Kris Shepherd.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 14 in Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago.



Scott Cassel 12-27-2005 02:49


To a true retail buyer that was "never over bought!!".

You had a talent for fashion and cooking, and lovingly raising a remarkable family. You had the strength and courage to tackle anything you set out to do.

Jo en Tini Kint 12-27-2005 02:49

Lieve Ron, Jack, Adam en Kees,

We love you, we think of you, we are with you, we mourn with you.

We hope

Jessica Kint 12-27-2005 02:49

Ron, ik denk dat jou vader Claudia wel op vangt daar boven en dat ze samen op jullie zullen neerkijken en voor jullie zullen zorgen. Liefs en een dikke kus Jessica.

Jessica Kint 12-27-2005 02:49

Dear Ron, Jack, Adam, Kees and all the relatives and family, in thoughts we are everyday with you. We wish you a lot of strenght and courage. Wished we could be there. Love Jessica.

Joan, Christin and Steven Stanek 12-27-2005 02:49

Dear Ron,

It is our wish for you and the boys that in time you will heal from this deep loss.

elsbeth 12-27-2005 02:49

The last mail was speccialy for Jack Adam and Kees.I think I forgot to write it down.

Gre Nijssen/Cherif Zaibi 12-27-2005 02:49

Dear family, eventhough we are thousands of miles away; in our thoughts we are very close. We wish you all lots of strenght in this difficult time. We pray for Claudia and you all. Tante Gre and oom Cherif

Judith Kint 12-27-2005 02:49

Dear Ron, kids and family,

Wat wordt Claudia hier mooi herdacht op deze site. Ik wens jullie alle sterkte, kracht en moed van de wereld in deze moeilijke periode!

Veel liefs,


Norm and Connie Losk 12-27-2005 02:49

Dear Ron and Boys,

We are deeply saddened to learn of Claudia's death.

Hans van de Pas 12-27-2005 02:49

Dear Ron/Beste Ron,

Mijn oprechte deelneming met het verlies van Claudia. Jessica vertelde het mij nieuwjaarsdag.

Ik wil jou, je kinderen en familie heel veel sterkte en kracht toewensen, met dit zware verlies.

Hans van de Pas

Breda, NL.


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