Marie B. Trilik, 86, of Oak Park, formerly of Iron River, Mich., died on March 11, 2013 at Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park. Born on Feb. 21, 1927, she graduated from Iron River High School with the class of 1945. Growing up on the farm was bittersweet. Though she loved the outdoors, fishing with her grandpa and reading on her front porch, the long days of working on a dairy farm through the Depression were exhausting. She moved to Chicago soon after graduation and found employment immediately, working in the offices of a large contracting firm that handled several important government projects. She attended classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and was an accomplished artist.
In 1954 she met a handsome, successful, young architect, John D. Trilik and began a romance lasting 56 years. Shortly after their engagement, John was diagnosed with a degenerative nervous disease and given a short time to live. As Marie could not imagine a life without him, they married on Nov. 11, 1956 in Chicago. The disease took John's eyesight soon after the birth of their son, and the young couple faced a bleak future without his professional income. Together, they devised a plan to start a small catering business that eventually grew into Marjon/The Banqueteers of Oak Park, serving up to 5,000 guests in one day. Marie's cooking and presentation skills, along with John's salesmanship provided a comfortable life for the family until their retirement almost 20 years ago.
Her initial faith in John as a life-partner proved correct, as he bravely battled his condition until his death on March 15, 2012. Her other passions included opera, photography, travel, books, movies, and crochet. She was a longtime member of Grace Episcopal Church of Oak Park and the Quota Club, a women's business organization. Her house was always open, and her boundless love of people allowed her to unofficially "adopt" many of her children's and grandchildren's friends as her own. She cherished every moment spent with them and also had a deep love and respect for animals, and every four-legged friend was considered family as well.
Marie Trilik is survived by her son, John David (Linda) Trilik; her daughter, Pauline (Brian) Sharpe; her son-in-law, George Guerrido; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Diana Marie Guerrido; and her parents, Olaf R. and Emma P. (Larson) Bergman.
Graveside services will be held at Bates Township Cemetery in Iron River in the spring. Condolences may be expressed online at www.jacobsfuneralhomeir.com. Arrangements were handled by Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron River.