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January 08, 1936 - June 26, 2012
Marilyn Joyce Crooks, 76, of Rockford, IL, returned to our heavenly home on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. She was born in Ottumwa, IA on January 8, 1936, the youngest of twelve children, to parents Frank and Amanda Bruch. As a young girl, Marilyn developed her talents in piano, school and church choir, writing, sewing and academics. She authored her high school's senior class graduation song and participated in choral competitions. After graduating from Ottumwa (IA) High School in 1954, Marilyn set aside teaching ambitions and began her career with John Deere Company. She retired in 1996 completing 20 years of service with the Social Security Administration in (Rockford, IL). As a single working mom, she helped pave the way for future women to be accepted and valued in society's then traditionally male workplace. In retirement, her hobbies expanded into gardening and cross stitch. Marilyn was a loyal fan of Illinois and Iowa college basketball. Her qualities that live on in her children include: perseverance, strong work ethic, creativity, financial sensibility and faith in God.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Mel; children, Marcia (Leo) Engstrom of Lynnwood, WA, Jon (Deanna) Berg of Rockford, IL and Jan Berg, Jr. of Marshfield, WI; two grandchildren, Jason Berg and Kyle Berg both of Rockford, IL; sister, Hertha Bruch of Huntley, IL; brothers, Harold (Betty) Bruch of Barrington, IL and Herb (Georgia) Bruch of Reedville, VA; many nieces and nephews; former husband, Jan Berg, Sr. and several step-children. Marilyn was predeceased by both parents and several brothers and sisters.
A memorial service will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, IL. A private burial at later date in Fairmount Cemetery, Willow Springs, IL. To express condolences online, please visit www.fitzgeraldfh.com
I went through Junior High and High School with Marilyn and sang with her in A Mixed Chorus. We did a couple of competitions together.
My prayers are with her family. Her faith was strong and I am confident she is now with the Lord.
I remember Marilyn as I attended grade-school, jr. & high school with her. We were in chorus together and I called her my friend. Glad we saw each other at the 55th reunion. Love, Melo-Dee
Dear Mel...we were so sorry to learn of your loss. I was a classmate of Marilyn's and I'm so glad you were able to attend the 55th class reunion. She will be missed by the OHS Class of 1954. I will remember Marilyn for her pleasant way and always ready smile whenever we would meet in the halls of OHS. May the many memories you and the rest of her family have live on in your hearts and give you comfort. May God Bless you and give you strength for each new day. God Bless...Lowell & Mary (Savage) Smith
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