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Marilyn J. Van Wagenen

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Marilyn J. Van Wagenen Obituary
Marilyn Joan Van Wagenen died peacefully in her sleep Sunday evening, Nov. 12, 2017, at Bayberry Place Assisted Living Center, Lower Burrell. She was 86. Marilyn was born Feb. 22, 1931, in Gross Point Farms, Mich., a daughter of Alva "Cub" and Irma (Blaska) Libert. She attended boarding school as a young woman and later graduated from Edgewood College, both in Madison, Wis., where she earned a bachelor of arts in elementary education. Marilyn would later meet her husband, Peter, a future steel executive, whom she married and shared a life with for 48 years. The two would later move to Lower Burrell, where they began their journey of raising five sons. During that period, she would embark on her lifelong dream of teaching kindergarten, honing her skills around a busy family life that eventually led her to Hermitage, and Notre Dame Parochial School, where she taught for many years. She loved and embraced the Shenango Valley where she made numerous friends and was often recognized around town as the woman who taught their sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters long after she retired. A deeply religious person, Marilyn was a devout Catholic who prayed often for others with a special place in her heart for Mary, the mother of Jesus. Later in life she would make a special pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico. Her beloved husband of nearly 49 years, Peter A. Van Wagenen, whom she married Aug. 13, 1955, passed away Aug. 24, 2004. She is survived by her sons and their wives, Christopher and Kathleen, of Pearland, Texas, Mark and Julie, of Suwanee, Ga., Jeffrey and Lori, of Friendswood, Texas, Greg and Holly, of Lower Burrell, and Army Brigadier Gen. Matthew and Stephanie Van Wagenen, currently stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Anthony and Michael, of Suwanee, Ga., Brittany (Nicholas) Scannell and Josh, of Friendswood, Texas, Hope (Colin) Jack, Haley and Hannah, of Lower Burrell, and Isabel and David, of Ft. Hood, Texas. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Larry Libert. The family would like to express thanks to staff of the Bayberry Place Assisted Living Center, Lower Burrell, who took care of Marilyn for the past year, as well as Gateway Hospice, Pittsburgh; in particular Jill and Stacey. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Church of Notre Dame, 2325 Highland Road, Hermitage, PA 16148.
Friends and family will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at the Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church with Very Rev. Richard J. Allen, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Lower Burrell.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Nov. 14, 2017
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