Date of Death:  May 9, 2022

Service Details

Visitation will be held Friday, May 20, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until time of services beginning at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1200 Arnold St., Three Rivers, with Rev. Brenda Deily officiating. Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers. A luncheon will follow at First Presbyterian Church, 320 N. Main St., Three Rivers.

Obituary Notice

Mrs. Marilyn Sue Schlimgen, age 73 of Three Rivers, went to be with her Lord early Monday, May 9th, 2022 at her home with her loving husband at her side.  Marilyn was born on June 24th, 1948 in Elkhart, IN., the daughter of the late James W. and Winifred Lucille (Kantz) Goode.

Marilyn has been a life long resident of southwest Michigan.  She graduated from Constantine High School and later received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Western Michigan.  Following a 20-year career in education with I.S.D. Pathfinder Center, Marilyn enrolled with McCormick Theological Seminary where she received her Masters and began work in ministry.

On December 22, 1978 Marilyn was united in marriage to the love of her life Mr. Richard Schlimgen, whom survives to cherish her loving memory along with two sons, Bradley Mercer, and Anthony “Tony” (Michielle Sweet) Mercer; one brother, Tom (Peggy) Goode; three sisters, Lois (Sumer) Bileydi, Jean Freimund, and Virginia Sharp.  Three beloved grandchildren, Tony Mercer, Madeline (Jeff) Gilbert, and Paige (Cody Martin) Sweet.  Many nieces and nephews.

Additional Information

Memorial donations in Marilyn’s memory may be directed to First Presbyterian Church or Habitat for Humanity.  Envelopes will be available at the church or Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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  1. Dear Dick
    Sorry for your loss. Marilyn was so friendly and caring making one feel immediately better with that quick beautiful smile. She will be missed.
    Take care during this period of grief.

  2. Hi Dick, So very sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. I remember with fondness when you were first married. Such a great couple together. My condolences and prayers for you thru your loss. Perry Hastings

  3. So sorry for your loss. I remember walking to school those early years together, riding ponies, playing together during our childhood. Then meeting again as adults. Marilyn was a wonderful person and friend. She will be sorely missed.

  4. I met Marilyn when she was pastor at the Congregational church in Constantine. Our churches held Bible School together and other ecumenical activities. She was a lovely person and she will be missed! Sending my thoughts and prayers to your family. Deb Hart

  5. So sorry for your loss Dick. When Marilyn, Mary Ellen and I took the First Presbyterian youth group to Cabrini Green in Chicago the memories were vivid that we were there for a purpose. She will always be remembered for preserverance amid challenges big and small. We always reminisced of that trip when we saw each other. May peace and understanding be with you.

  6. Dear Dick,
    My heart goes out to you as we mourn the loss of Marilyn. Marilyn was a beautiful light to all of us who knew her, and she will be deeply missed.
    With prayers and love,

  7. You are in my thoughts and prayers at the loss of Marilyn. Dick, you and Marilyn, were vital members of so many communities (White Yarrow CSA, World Fare, and more) within the larger community. May your memories be a solace in the sad moments and may you experience the peace that passes understanding in this journey of grief.

  8. How grateful I am for Marilyn’s friendship over the last 24 years. She lived her faith truly and deeply
    and gave unsparingly of her love, time, and energy to family, friends, students, parishioners, and
    community members. Her life will forever be an inspiration to me–and to so many others who were
    fortunate enough to cross paths with her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  9. What a shock to learn of Marilyn’s passing. She was our pastor in Constantine for over 10 years and was a dedicated, thoughtful and caring person. She will be missed. Dick and the extended family are in our prayers.

    • Dear James and Patty… You both are dear to me. Thank you for your prayers. I am devistated by the sudden loss of Marilyn. We both cherished our relationship with you. Dick

  10. Marilyn was the long-term pastor of the church I am now called to serve. She certainly left me a church in good order, and her pastoring skills were very apparent in the life of my congregation. It was a privilege to know her. We mourn her passing and will hold her family in our prayers.

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