Marilyn J. Friebele

JOLIET—Marilyn J. Friebele, “Smiley,” 88, of Joliet, passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 at Sunny Hill Nursing Home of Will County in Joliet.
Born April 4, 1931 in Joliet, Marilyn Jeanette was a daughter of Harold and Margaret (nee Zinser) DeZee. She was raised and educated in Joliet, graduated from Joliet Central High School, and received her nursing degree from Silver Cross School of Nursing. On July 7, 1951, Marilyn married Joseph C. Friebele in Oshkosh, WI.
She began her nursing career at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet before gaining employment at the Illinois Youth Center’s medical department in Joliet, where she would work for 30 years until she retired in 1991 as the head of the medical department.
Survivors include her three children: Steven C. (Julie) Friebele, of Elwood; Joseph R. (Sheryl) Friebele, of High Point, NC and Christine (Patrick) Breen, of Wilmington; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, two siblings, William (Phyllis) DeZee, of Orangeville and Peggy (the late David) Yanchick, of Coal City as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joseph; two brothers and one sister.
Per Marilyn’s wishes, flameless cremation rites have been accorded.
The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 E. Kahler Rd., in Wilmington from 4 to 7 p.m. Family and friends will gather at Baskerville Funeral Home on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 at 1 p.m. to depart in funeral procession at 1:30 p.m. Inurnment will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at 2 p.m. where Marilyn and her husband Joseph will be laid to rest.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Marilyn’s memory to Joliet Area Community Hospice.
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Flameless cremation rites and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington.