Marie R Landry who lived in Belleville for over 68 years passed away on Feb. 27, 2016 in Chicago from complications of a stroke. She was 94.
Marie was born in Garrison, South Dakota to Rollie and Irene Alcott. She taught public school for a year prior to starting a civil service career in 1942. Her first government job was as a communications instructor in the radio operating and mechanics school in Sioux Fall, South Dakota. In 1945, she moved to Belleville, Ill., when the Air Force transferred the radio operating and mechanics school to Scott Air force Base. Marie changed positions when the schools transferred to Mississippi. She worked as a communications specialist in the OCCM, Office of Commercial Communications Management. In 1963, she joined DECCO, Department of Defense Communications Contracting Office, and after repeated promotions Marie became the division chief of the TELEPAK Division in 1973. At that time, she was the only woman to have reached GS 13 status while working for DECCO.
After retiring in 1981, Marie and her husband, Abbie Landry lived life to its fullest. They square danced, played bridge and golf, went to casinos, and traveled all over the world. Marie and her husband were so active that their friends gave them the nick name of the "fun couple." In addition to these pursuits, Marie was a devoted grandmother to her two grandchildren, Brian and Erin and a life long fan of St. Louis Cardinals. Also for many years, she volunteered her time to help senior citizens with their tax preparation.
Marie Landry was preceded in death by her husband, Abbie Landry; her parents, Rollie and Irene Alcott; her brother, Dr. Donald Alcott; and her sister, June Gatz.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Landry Wilson, her son-in-law, Peter B. Wilson, and her grandchildren, Brian and Erin Landry-Wilson. Other survivors include her nieces, Karen Sherman of New Orleans, La., and Kathy Jereb, Nancy Alcott, and Patty Beaver of California. Marie is also survived by her nephews, Steve Gatz and Michael Gatz of Orlando, Fla., Thomas Gegenheimer of Houma, La., and Kelley Gegenheimer of New Orleans, La.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catherine Marko at the Self-Help Nursing Home, 908 Argyle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60640.
Visitation: Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016 in the chapel at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016 in the chapel at the funeral home.
LAKE VIEW FUNERAL HOME, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 5, 2016