Marianne Tagler

Marianne B. Tagler (nee Schmidt), 83, of Oak Park and River Forest, died on May 24, 2021. Born on May 19, 1938, the second child of John and Mary Schmidt, she was raised on Chicago’s South Side and graduated from Visitation High School in Chicago in 1956. She forged many strong relationships that lasted a lifetime, including her circle of friends from Visitation. 

After school, she became an X-Ray technician, working at several hospitals in the Chicago area, including Columbus Hospital, where her daughter was born. She met her husband, Bob, at the graduation party of a friend’s daughter. While seemingly very different, they were well matched and totally crazy for one another. They married on May 17, 1974 and adopted their daughter two years later. She was a devoted parent, room mother, troop leader, booster and all-around champion of her daughter’s activities and interests. She was also a longtime member of the West Suburban Hospital Auxiliary.

A lover of books, crosswords, football, history, cats, and fantastic cook, she was fiercely loyal and protective of those closest to her.

Marianne was the wife of the late Robert “Bob” Tagler; the mother of Mary (Mike Nelis) Tagler; sister of Alan (Maureen) and the late John (Donna) Schmidt; sister-in-law of Pat (Marge) Tagler; and the aunt and great-aunt of many. 

A visitation was held June 1 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, followed by a funeral Mass at St. Giles Church, with interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or Felines and Canines ( are appreciated.

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