Marianne, Schirmer, death, obituary

Marianne E. Schirmer

Marianne E. Schirmer, 83, of Marengo, died on March 27, 2019, in her home. Graveside services to be held on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at Holway Cemetery in Medford with Pastor Amy Heinz of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church officiating.
Marianne was born on Aug. 18, 1935 in Medford, the fifth daughter and tenth 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 Aug. 4, 1956 and he survives. Together they had five children. Her first three children preceded her in death, infant daughter, Margaret Kirsten; son, Wesley James; and daughter, Julienne Clare. 
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. She loved her grandchildren and especially enjoyed coloring Easter eggs on Good Friday. 
Marianne is survived by her daughter, Carole (JD) Peters; son, Daniel (Cari) Schirmer; grandchildren, Joshua (Michael) Peters, Mark (Amanda) Peters, Jess Stieneke, Annie Schirmer and Allison Schirmer; and sister, Lucille Buehler.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family will be used for a fund to be established at a later date. Fredrick Funeral Home in Hampshire, Ill. assisted the family.

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