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Marian Loetscher Siekmann , age 98, of West Chicago, passed away on August 1, 2015, at the Wynscape Nursing home in Wheaton, IL after living in her West Chicago home for the last 62 years. She was born January 22nd, 1917 in Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, to Arnold and Bernice Loetscher. Marian graduated from Dubuque Senior High School where she enjoyed French class, typing and home economics. During and after high school she worked as a secretary at her father’s millwork company, Farley and Loetscher, in Dubuque, Iowa. She then attended Grinnell College, State University of Iowa where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, and later Bayless Business College in Dubuque. During World War II she was the secretary to the President of the University of Dubuque, where she eventually met her husband when he periodically came to visit his brother Gene.
Marian was married to United States Naval Lt. John F. Siekmann in Tucson, AZ on November 27th, 1943. She was a long-time member of P.E.O. and was a life deaconess at the Congregational Church in West Chicago. In the 1970’s, she worked as the secretary to the principal of Wheaton Central High School. She loved her family, traveling, playing the piano, quilting and enjoyed all the time she spent with her many life-long wonderful friends.
Marian is survived by her children Susan (Michael) Ramelli of Naperville, Illinois, son Peter (Jeni) of West Chicago, grandchildren, Kelly, John (Tracy) and Jim, daughter-in-law Dianne, sisters-in-law; Carole Loetscher (Dick) of Dubuque, Sally Siekmann (Gene) of Sun City Arizona and Helen Siekmann (Fred) of Hazelcrest, IL. She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, parents, son James Loetscher Siekmann, sister Susan Jackson and brother Richard A. Loetscher.
Arrangements are being handled by the Norris-Walen-Segert Funeral Home, of West Chicago. Private services will be held at the chapel of the Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa. A private interment will be held following the service.
In lieu of donation, please consider taking someone you care about out to dinner and enjoy time together. Time is precious and the mainspring of life is wound but once. For information 630-231-0060 or www.norriswalensegertfh.com
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