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1933 Marilyn 2016

Marilyn Porzelius

March 10, 1933 — September 4, 2016

Marilyn E. Porzelius

Gridley- Marilyn E. Porzelius, 83, of Chenoa, IL formerly of Gridley, IL passed away at 1:45a.m. on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Center in rural Chenoa, IL.

She was born on March 10, 1933 in Amity Township, Livingston County, IL. She married Fredrick J. Porzelius on July 24, 1954 at the Salem Church in rural Gridley, IL. He passed away on December 9, 2014.

Also surviving are daughter, Jane (Ron) Smaga of Bloomingdale, IL and their children, Nick(Dana) Smaga; Jackie (Nate) Schroeder; Jim Smaga; daughter, Janet (Tim) Schumacher of Bluffton, OH and their children, Hannah, Isaac(Trusty) Schumacher, Lily, Joseph, and Levi; son Tom (Kathy) Porzelius of Gridley, IL and their children, Kayla (Keith) Belzer; Aaron Porzelius; Juan(Miranda) Hernandez; and Noah (Amy) Porzelius; son Paul (Dorothy) Porzelius and their children, Becky Maubach (Mike Burns); Brooke Evans(Joe Bounds), Paige Porzelius (Chas Sollars)and Staci (Cody) Linebarger; Natalie and Ben Jenkins; and great grandchildren Ava Evans, Kendall Jenkins, Bailey Sollars, Zoey Schroeder, Christian Clark, Mikkell Knock, Victor Belzer, Samuel Burns, Josh and Mimi three on the way Daniel Fredrick Smaga; four brothers, Melvin(Lorraine) Frobish of Flangan, IL; Lowell(Florence) Frobish of Auburn, AL; Russell(Diane) Frobish of Laurel, MD; Paul(Carol) Frobish of Gardner, IL; one brother-in-law, Ernest Porzelius of Bluffton, OH.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Marilyn graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1954 with her RN degree. Marilyn worked as an OB nurse at St. James Hospital in Pontiac, she also was the public health nurse for many years in Livingston County. She also worked at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Center for 25 years in Chenoa. She was a member of Prairieview Mennonite Women's Auxiliary and Meadows Homes Women's Auxiliary.

She was a member of the Prairieview Mennonite Church in rural Gridley where funeral services will be held at 9:30a.m. on Saturday September 10, 2016. Rev. Jane Roeschley and Pastor Patrick Embley will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4-8p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Prairieview Mennonite Family Life Center. Private family burial will be in Waldo Township Cemetery in rural Gridley. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso is handling arrangements for the family.

Memorials may be made to the Prairieview Mennonite Church, Meadows Mennonite Retirement Center , or American Cancer Society The family would like to thank Meadows Mennonite Retirement Center for their help and care.

Online condolences may be directed to her family at


SEP 9. 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)

Prairieview Mennonite Family Life Center
Gridley, IL

Funeral Service

SEP 10. 9:30 AM (CDT)

Prairieview Mennonite Church
Gridley, IL

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