MARILYN JANE STERLING
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Marilyn Jane Sterling (nee Ryznar) March 30, 1946 - January 21, 2013 Survived by the 4 loves of her life, sons Christian (Kathi), Carson (Charlotte), Cooper (Janis), and Carter (Meghan). Fun loving and spirited Nana to 10 Grandsons and 3 Granddaughters. Once wife to John. Sister and friend to Carolyn Ryznar. Marilyn will forever be known for her ability to light up a room - her infectious smile, her giving heart, her love for life. She lived her life to the fullest, exactly as she wanted. With Marilyn, what you see is what you get. She made the hard work of Mom look effortless while protecting her four boys in a lifetime of adventures all the while raising them to be wonderful men, husbands, & fathers. She later moved to Kenosha, WI where she rediscovered her passionate love and inspiring talent for art. A young soul that refused to grow up yet was taken too soon. She will be greatly missed, deeply appreciated, abundantly loved, and joyfully celebrated. Marilyn's impact on us all will be remembered for generations. A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday January 27, 2013 at the Silver Lake Country Club 14700 S. 82nd Ave. Orland Park at 12:30PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lemon Street Gallery 4601 Sheridan Rd Kenosha, WI 53140 Proko Funeral Home & Crematory 5111-60th Street Phone: (262) 654-3533 Visit Marilyn's Online Memorial Book at: www.prokofuneralhome.com

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Published in Chicago Tribune on Jan. 23, 2013.
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January 27, 2013
A beautiful lady in many ways. God Bless you and all of your family.
~The VanWItzenburgs
Carla VanWitzenburg
January 27, 2013
Our Condolences go out to the Sterling Family! Love and Prayers for you all.
Michelle Gardeakos
January 26, 2013
your smile was so infectious! Bless you- the Lord will care for you.
chuck whitford
January 26, 2013
so sorry to hear of your loss Marilyn was always a hoot to be near, either at the Midlo club or working out at Body Image. She kept everyone smiling
with her wonderful energy and sense of humor. Our sincere condolences.
January 26, 2013
Marilyn,

Getting to know you was truly a pleasure and talking to you always brightened my day. I am blessed to have met you. Thank you for being an amazing and incredible person inside and out. You were an asset to Kenosha and it's art community. I am saddened to see you leave this world, but I am so happy that you have finally found peace. Until we meet again.

With love and gratitude,
Brittany
Brittany Mirkiewicz
January 25, 2013
Dear, dear Carolyn, I am so deeply saddened to hear you have lost lovely, vivacious Marilyn, Jeannie Rutledge was just here and we were both remembering you, Marilyn, and your parents so fondly. My deepest sympathies.
Nancy Eck Williams
January 25, 2013
She sounds like a gem.My thoughts are with you Carter.
Peg Crawford
January 24, 2013
Dear Sterling and Ryznar families,
I'm a classmate/friend of older sister, Carolyn. I'm so sorry you lost this lovely person!! My heartfelt sympathy!
Love & Hugs,
Marjorie Goding Berend
January 24, 2013
My sympathy ... I met your Mom on only a couple occasions.. I enjoyed her style so much I made an appointment at her hair salon... She was beautiful inside and out... May the wonderful memories be a gift forever..
Judy Tuma
January 24, 2013
I'm so sorry for your loss. I went to Cossitt and LTHS with Marilyn. She was a delightful, wonderful friend of my childhood. Rest in Peace and love.
Annette Hall
January 23, 2013
Marilyn, you are such an inspiration to so many. Time after time I have heard the stories of extraordinary generosity that you have shown to friends and complete strangers! We are all better people for having known you. Thank you for all that you have done. Your amazing family is living proof of your love for life. We'll see you on the flip side sweetie.
Beth Dary
January 23, 2013
I knew Marilyn in high school and boy was she a doll. I befriended her on facebook this year, and she was so looking forward to attending our 50th LTHS reunion even tho she moved before graduating from LT. I am very saddened, she will be missed.
Janeen Jewell
January 23, 2013
I didn't know her but the picture you've chosen here speaks all the words necessary! My sympathy to you,Carter and Meghan, and to all of your family...
Gloria Micek
January 23, 2013
Thoughts and prayers are with our dear friends Carter & Meghan and all The Sterling family. Words fall short of expressing our sorrow for the loss of your loving and talented mother. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.
God Bless
Damien & Martina
Martina & Damien Toal
January 23, 2013
God bless you and thanks for the kindness you showed me over the years.
James LeRose
January 23, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with our dear friends Carter and Meghan and all The Sterling family on the loss of your loving, talented mom.
God Bless
Martina & Damien

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
Martina Toal
January 23, 2013
I only knew Marilyn for a short time, but always admired her work and loved to converse with her, she made me smile.
Bethany Wise
January 23, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with our dear friends Carter, Meghan and all The Sterling family on the loss of your very talented loving mother.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

God Bless
Martina & Damien
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Martina Toal
January 23, 2013
The truest friend I truly love.
franco Tarsitano
January 23, 2013
I worked with Marilyn for a short time. Often, we did more laughing than working....I am forever changed because I knew her. Here's to celebrating a life well lived! Alice Barrera
Alice Barrera
January 23, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 23, 2013
Dearest Sterling Family~
We will always remember Marilyn's kindhearted hospitality--welcoming our three sons to your "fun" house in those early years. I admired her deep faith, generosity, easy-going nature, and happy spirit. Oh how she showered her love and affection on her boys.
We will miss her and extend our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to your entire family. God grant you peace and comfort knowing her eyes have seen God.
Love Marcia & Jerry Agema
Marcia and Jerry Agema
January 23, 2013
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We'll miss you so much at our Muses get togethers.You always came with your arms full of food and fun projects for us all. You will light up the sky as the newest angel
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