Marianne Schirmer Passed Away(Includes Obituary)
March 28, 2019

Article by Lynette Coil

We were saddened to get the news from Jim Garard that Irv Schirmer's Wife, Mary Ann lost her battle with cancer.  Marianne fought a long courageous battle; and about 3 months ago her cancer returned and God called her home to end her pain and suffering on March 27, 2019.  May she rest in peace.

Irv and Mary Ann were married 60+ years.  Irv supported brace beagling for many years and moved onto gundog. j Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schirmer Family and their Friends.

St. John Lutheran Church in Union, Illinois is handling the service and funeral.

St John Lutheran Church


UNION, IL 60180

Visitation is Sunday, March 31, 2019 3-7 PM

Funeral is Monday, April 1, 2019

Marianne E. Schirmer

1935 - 2019

Marianne E. Schirmer

Born: August 18, 1935; in Medford, WI

Died: March 27, 2019; in Marengo, IL

Marianne E. Schirmer, 83, of Marengo, died March 27, 2019 in her home. Born August 18, 1935 in Medford, WI, the 5th daughter and 10th child of Eric and Julia (Olson) Carlson. She attended elementary school in a one room school in the town of Holway and was baptized, confirmed and married at Our Savior Lutheran Church. She graduated from Medford High School in 1953 and married Irving Schirmer of Rib Lake, on August 4, 1956, who survives her.

Together they had five children. Her first three children preceded her in death; infant daughter, Margaret Kirsten; son, Wesley James and daughter, Julienne Clare. She is survived by her daughter, Carole (JD) Peters, and son Daniel (Cari) Schirmer. She is survived by her grandchildren, Joshua (Michael) Peters, Mark (Amanda) Peters, Jess Stieneke, Annie Schirmer and Allison Schirmer. She is survived by a sister, Lucille Buehler.

Marianne was a woman of strong faith, strength, and resilience. She cared deeply for others. After losing her first two children at a very young age, she agreed to take in foster children to fill the void of her significant loss. Later on she and her husband offered to take in several young men who would reside in their home and learn a trade of working in their automobile radiator shop located on the family farm.

Marianne was a 45 year member at St. John's Lutheran Church in Union, where she enjoyed her bible studies and volunteering her time. She was a member of the LWML, Altar Guild, Choir and for several years led the Teen League.

Irving and Marianne enjoyed working together on their 84 acre family farm in Marengo where they had three gardens, raised beagle hounds, dairy goats, chickens, rabbits, horses and her dachshunds. Being outdoors brought Marianne great joy. She loved grading the driveway, mowing lawns, caring for the property, the animals they raised and teaching her children a strong work ethic. She also enjoyed fishing. Her favorite spot to fish was at the Big Rock on the Jump River in Ogema, Wisconsin. She loved her grandchildren and especially enjoyed coloring Easter eggs on Good Friday.

Visitation to be held Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 6821 Main St, Union and continues Monday, April 1, 2019 in church from 10:00am until the Celebration of Life service at 11:00am.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for a fund to be determined at a later date. Inurnment will be held later this spring in Medford, Wisconsin.

Arrangements by Fredrick Funeral Home, Hampshire. Extend online condolences at:
Published in the Northwest Herald from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2019

Fredrick Funeral Home

284 Park Street

Hampshire, IL 60140

(847) 683-2711

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