Marilyn E. Goetz


MENDOTA - Marilyn Elaine Goetz, 90, of Mendota, formerly of LaMoille, died peacefully on Aug. 5, 2019 at Heritage Health, Mendota.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Clarion, LaMoille with Pastor Kevin Weeks and Pastor Jeff Schlesinger officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota and also for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Marilyn was born Jan. 10, 1929 in LaMoille to Elmer and Irene (Portzen) Ross. She married Myron Goetz on Sept. 1, 1957 at the First Baptist Church of LaMoille.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Sarah of Peru and Susan of LaMoille; two brothers, Eldon Ross of LaMoille and Ronald (Jessie) Ross of Princeton; one sister-in-law, Margaret Ross of Mendota; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Darwin Ross; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Ross and Marian Hoffman; and two nephews, Scott Ross and Beryl Ross.

Marilyn graduated from LaMoille High School and Illinois State University with a degree in home economics. She spent her career teaching at El Paso High School, Elgin Junior High School, LaMoille High School, and Cherry Grade School. She was a member of the LaMoille Community School District board for 12 years and also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She was very involved in her church, singing in and leading the choir, teaching Sunday school and Bible school, and serving on various committees. Her other joys were gardening, cooking, baking, entertaining, attending musical events, traveling, genealogy, horses, and spending time with family. She also enjoyed custom sewing and decorating cakes for friends, family, and people in the community.

Memorials may be directed to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church or the donor’s choice.

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