Marilyn Kay Hotto, 77, of Columbia, Ill.,, born Sept. 2, 1938, in East St. Louis, Ill., passed away May 7, 2016, at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Marilyn was active throughout her life. She attended Dupo High School and graduated with honors in May, 1956. She was PTA Treasurer, Girl Scout co-leader, family business accountant, member of the Rob Morris Chapter 98 - Order of the Eastern Star, Christ United Church of Christ, Dupo, Ill., member of the Board of Trustees for Meadow Ridge Homeowner's Assoc. and Meadow Ridge West Condominium Assoc. She worked for 40 years from typist to stenographer, to inside sales person, to legal secretary, and to administrative assistant before retiring on Jan. 1, 1998. Thereafter, she devoted her time and talents to supporting her family, friends, and neighbors wherever and however she could. She was able to appreciate God's wonders in the beauty of Hawaii, Alaska, and Ireland. Her hobbies included voracious reading, crocheting, counted cross stitch, NASCAR racing, baseball, card clubs, travel, the symphony and art museum, live theater, and cooking for her family and neighbors. After courses at SIU, she continued a journal originated by her grandfather, Luther Fritts, who operated the crane setting the sections on the south leg of the St. Louis Arch. The journal now encompasses 22 volumes.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey "Buzz" Hotto, whom she married on Nov. 28, 1959 in Millstadt, Ill.; her parents, Ralph and Velma, nee Kessel, Fritts; and a brother, Robert R. Fritts.
Surviving are her daughter, JoAnne Hotto of Waterloo, Ill.; niece, Candace (Jeff) Hejna of Columbia, Ill.; nephews, Roger (Debbie) Fritts of Yorkville, Ill., and Wayne (Christine) Fritts of Plainfield, Ill.; great-niece, Zoe Hejna; sister-in-law, Janet Fritts of Naperville, Ill.; godchild, Laury Daniels (Doug) Higgins of Collinsville, Ill.; cousin, Christine Groves and her daughter, Gina of Springfield, Ill.; close friends, the Daniels, Nadler, and Donald families; great-nephews, Austin and Trevor Fritts; great-nieces and great-nephews, Samantha, Kevin, Lindsey, and Jacob Fritts; along with many friends and extended family in Alabama.
As an expression of sympathy, the family prefers memorial contributions to: Christ U.C. of C., 200 S. 3rd St. Dupo, Ill. 62239, or Bohnemeier - Zion Cemetery Maintenance Fund, or
4400 Clayton Ave. St. Louis, Mo. 63110, or
501 St. Jude Pl. Memphis, Tenn. 38105, or The Humane Society of Monroe County P.O. Box 164 Waterloo, Ill. 62298. For more information, please access our website, www.lawlorfuneralhome.com.
Visitation: Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the Christ United Church of Christ, Dupo, Ill.
Funeral: A memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the church, with Rev. Todd Mushaney officiating. Marilyn was cremated according to her wishes. Interment will follow in the Zion Bohnemeier Cemetery, East Carondelet, Ill.
LAWLOR FUNERAL HOME, Columbia, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 8, 2016