Marilyn F. Anderson, 87, passed away at 10:40 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. She was born in Chicago, IL on January 24, 1928.
Marilyn has been a life-long resident of Gurnee, Illinois, and as a child went to school there in a one-room schoolhouse. She grew up in the old Wilson neighborhood of Gurnee, and she and her sister Eileen were raised by her mother, Rosetta Benson along with her Kilkenny, Ireland grandparents, Edmund and Ann Carroll. Edmund was the local train stationmaster at Wilson. She met her husband Joseph Andrezjewski just back from World War II at Waukegan Steel Sales when she was eighteen years old. They married on August 9, 1947 and raised five children together, passing on to their children the values of hard work, honesty, dedication, integrity, a sense of humor and perhaps most importantly, an independent spirit.
Around the age of 40, Marilyn studied to be a court reporter and then became employed by the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan, working for Judge LaVerne Dixon. When he retired, she went on to become the beloved secretary to various executives at American Hospital Supply in Evanston, IL. After retiring from American Hospital Supply, she worked part-time for three years at Henderson Jewelers in Waukegan.
Marilyn loved all kinds of animals from dogs to cats to squirrels to everything in between, but she adored her feline companions most of all. She was known for her ready laugh and smile, her beautiful, twinkling green Irish eyes, her eternal optimism, and her wicked sense of humor. She loved a good joke and could certainly spin a good yarn. She truly was a joy to be around and many people who met Marilyn never forgot her kindness, her charming qualities and love of life. She was a proud Irishwoman and had a lovely singing voice; she also enjoyed playing the piano in her younger days. All throughout her life, her favorite hobby was reading. Marilyn loved the little town of Gurnee and never wanted to leave her deep roots. She was a loving mother and wife, a devoted and conscientious employee, and a truly independent woman.
Marilyn is survived by sons, Terry Anderson (Carla) of Chicago, IL and Kevin Anderson of Ventura, CA; daughter, Sheila Withrow of Mt. Vernon, IL; and sister, Eileen Beshel of Gurnee, IL; grandchildren, Aaron Anderson, Grace Anderson, Donald Anderson, Hilary (Anderson) Russell, and David Anderson; great-grandchildren, Michael, Jonathan and Ava Anderson. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Anderson in 1983 and their sons, Timothy Anderson in 1979 and Jeffrey Anderson in 2008.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 2015 followed by funeral services beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Gurnee Salata Funeral Home, 4190 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL. A private interment will be at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville. Memorial contributions can be made to The American Heart Association or The American Cancer Society.