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2015 March 23: Marilyn Wasinger

Marilyn (Tinnes) Wasinger, 85, of Elgin slipped away peacefully at her home on March 23, 2015 surrounded by her family after a valiant fight against esophageal cancer. Marilyn was born July 3, 1929 in West Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Alma (Bagot) and George Tinnes.

After graduating West Chicago High School, Marilyn worked at the Kraft Food Company in Chicago as a Personnel Department secretary. On September 24, 1949 Marilyn married Harold “Dutch” Wasinger of Elgin, Illinois. She was a stay-at-home mother for many years raising her three children. Marilyn went back to work in 1970 as a Receiving Supervisor for the Crest Photo Lab in Elgin where she worked until her retirement in 1985.

Marilyn always had a positive attitude, even when battling cancer. People called her a “firecracker” because of her petite size and her outgoing, bubbly personality as well as “Little Dynamo,” and “Grandma Sweetie.” She enjoyed cooking and gardening and even learned computers, Facebook and the iPad in her senior years. Marilyn made friends easily and truly loved the friendships she kept with the “Crest Photo Girls” and with her neighbors. She loved being with her family and was a caring, supportive, kind, and loving Daughter, Sister, Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother.

Marilyn will be missed greatly by her family and friends. While her journey on earth has ended, her joy and adventures with the angels have just begun. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold, her parents of West Chicago, and her sister, Catherine Johnson.

Marilyn is survived by her three children, Kathy (Gary) Espey of Lufkin, Texas, Charles (Rhonda) of St. Charles, IL, and Michael of Elgin, her brother, George E. (Mary) Tinnes of Denver, Colorado, her seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren as well as many good friends and kind neighbors. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Laurence Catholic Church, Fox Valley Hematology and Oncology, or Presence St. Joseph Hospital Hospice, all of Elgin. A special note of thanks to Dr. Stan Nabrinsky and his Oncology staff, to the second floor Medical Unit and the fourth floor Rehabilitation Unit of Presence St. Joseph Hospital for their tireless care and unlimited kindness.

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