Marilyn A. Flanigan, nee Beimer, born December 23, 1935 in Streator, died December 14, 2019 at Cedar Ridge Health Care Center, Lebanon, Ill., surrounded by her family and caregivers.
Growing up in Streator, Marilyn attended St. Mary’s Grade School and Streator Township High School. She also attended St. Xavier Convent in LaGrange, and later Kaskaskia College. In her younger years, she worked at Meyer-Sherman Company and Owens Illinois Glass Company before she married James D. Flanigan on September 7, 1957 at Immaculate Conception Church in Streator. After relocating to Greenville, she worked as a medical secretary at the former Utlaut Memorial Hospital and Greenville Medical, retiring in 1986 to become a full-time homemaker and caretaker of her grandbabies.
Marilyn loved to sing and she had served as cantor at St. Teresa’s Church in Marydale and St. Lawrence Church in Greenville. Marilyn was kind, gracious, and generous. She was loved much by her family and touched the lives of many through her song. She was a faithful Catholic, enjoyed cooking, shopping, and playing bridge.
She was preceded in death by her husband James who died in 2002; her parents Frank and Lyda, nee Trainor, Beimer; step-mother Elizabeth Beimer; sister Patricia (Harry) Beimer-Kear; step-sister Betty (Larry) Hozie; and grandchildren Archer Berry and Allison Scheller.
Surviving are her children Jim (Dorothy) Flanigan of Belleville, Pat (Bobbi) Flanigan of Pocahontas, Julie (Mike) Flanigan-Dietz of Lebanon, and Shauna (Corey) Berry of Carlyle; former daughter-in-law Donna Flanigan; her much-loved grandbabies Nick (Brianna) Flanigan, Justin (Gabrielle) Flanigan, Addison Tegenkamp, Kyleigh Tegenkamp, Everhett Berry, Janet (Dustin) Scheller, Olivia Scheller, Ellie Scheller, Aiden Dietz, Makaelyn Dietz, and Bryson Dietz; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 4 – 8 pm, Thursday, December 19, 2019 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 512 S. Prairie St., Greenville, and after 10 am, Friday, December 20. 2019 at the church.
Funeral: Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am, Friday, December 20, 2019 at the church with Rev. Alan Hunter presiding. Burial will immediately follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Greenville, Ill.
Memorial donations in memory of Marilyn are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association. The family is grateful to Marilyn’s caregivers over the past years for their kindness, compassion, and friendship. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.wfh-ofallon.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home in O’Fallon.