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Marylee Vandergaag

1931 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Marylee Vandergaag Obituary
VanderGaag, Marylee Patty Young; age 83; passed away Sunday evening, June 15, 2014 at her home in Savannah, Georgia after a lengthy illness of Alzheimer’s. She was born in a farming community of Burlington, Indiana during the depression on February 7, 1931 to Earl and Maybelle Patty. She graciously served her school as Class President and graduated from Burlington High School in 1949 and then earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in 1954. During college Marylee Patty met a dashing gentleman, and fell in love with Ronald Earl Young of Indianapolis, Indiana and they were married in Lafayette, Indiana on August 7, 1954. While Ronald preceded Marylee in death on June 5, 1969 all of Marylee and Ronald’s children survive her. Her eldest child and son, Bradley Young [wife: Deborah Leutheuser Young] of Saline, Michigan with grandchildren Brian and Laura. Her daughter, Joy Young Ellis [husband: John] of Savannah, Georgia with grandchildren, Jeffrey, Corey, and Morgan. Her youngest child and daughter, Jill Young Snyderman [husband: Jay] of Irvine, California and grandchildren Kelly and Perry Lee. Marylee Young found love a second time with Joseph VanderGaag, a widower from New Jersey. They were married August 11, 1972 and celebrated their 25th anniversary on Tybee Island in 1997 with family and friends. She was widowed a second time with Joseph’s death in September 2007. Marylee taught Physical Education at Ramsey High School in Ramsey, New Jersey for many years and while teaching served as the Physical Education Department Chair. Upon retirement, Marylee and Joseph retired to Bonita Springs, Leisure Time Travel Park and later they built a home in Estero, Florida where she was extremely active in Meals on Wheels, Church activities, enjoying tennis with friends, and having frequent visits from family and friends. After a move in 2005 to Savannah, Georgia she spent many of the remaining years of her life providing loving care for husband, Joseph. After his passing, Marylee found great warmth with the laughter, and smiles of her grandchildren. Memorial arrangements are pending and in lieu of flowers donations may be made to a in her memory.
Published in Heritage Newspapers on June 18, 2014
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