Marilyn Elaine Classen, nee Nollau, 81, of Belleville, IL, born December 2, 1930, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in Plymouth, WI.
Marilyn graduated from Belleville Township High School in 1948. On June 3, 1950, she married Melvin Classen. From 1966 to 1974, they made their home in Plymouth, WI, where Marilyn worked for GTE as an operator and her husband worked for St. John Lutheran Church. In 1974, they returned to Belleville to work in their family’s nursery and landscaping business. Mrs. Classen retired from Famous- Barr & Company. She was a member of Signal Hill Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, and had served as the first president of the O’Fallon Junior Women’s Club in O’Fallon, IL.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Frances, nee Osborn, Nollau; her brother and sister-in-law, Leland and Bernice Nollau; and one grandson, Jeremy Zwerg.
Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Melvin A. Classen;
two daughters and a son, Debbie Zwerg of Plymouth, WI,
Jim (Micki) Classen of Belleville, IL,
and Cindy (George) Sippel of Plymouth, WI;
six grandchildren, Angie Fontany, Becki (Seth) Weedman,
Dan (Lindsay) Classen, Leah Classen (friend, Mike),
Carrie Sippel, and Kristy Sippel;
nine great-grandchildren, Ethan, Megan, Emma, Ava,
Ellie, Sawyer, Oliver, Tate, and Dax;
a sister, Arlene (Karl) Stegman of Belleville, IL;
and nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 9, at Signal Hill Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 9, 2012, at Signal Hill Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, with the Rev. Brian Downs officiating.
Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Belleville, IL.