CRYSTAL LAKE – Marilyn K. Harfst (nee Cook), 62, of Crystal Lake, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013, (a few minutes shy of her 63rd birthday), at the Hospice of Northeastern Illinois Inpatient Unit, Woodstock.|
She was born March 3, 1950, in Chicago, to the late Bert and Josephine (nee Fiumefreddo) Cook. She married Bill Harfst on Jan. 30, 1971.
Marilyn graduated from Thornton Township High School in 1968, and went on to earn her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master's degree in education from Indiana University and a master's degree in Library Science from Northern Illinois University.
Career oriented, Marilyn retired after working 30 years in District 47, at Hannah Beardsley and Bernotas middle schools. She taught language arts and, at retirement, was the media center director.
In addition to her husband, Bill, survivors include her children, Greg Harfst of New York City and Mandy (Mike) Harfst Snider of Vernon Hills; siblings, Evelyn, Brian, Roger and Brad Cook; brother-in-law, Larry (Gretchen) Harfst; and nieces, Kara (John) Goodwin, Karen (Jeremy) Colie, Megan (Lee) Fleming and Sandra Funk.
A memorial visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake. Inurnment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Marilyn's name may be made to First Book, www.firstbook.org, or 1319 F St. NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004, or to the
You may leave online condolences for the family at www.davenportfamily.com or call 815-459-3411 for information.
Published in the Northwest Herald from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2013