Marilyn Ver Halen, 86, a resident of Jupiter, Florida and formerly of River Forest, died on Feb. 6, 2022 after a full and wonderful life. Born in Illinois, the oldest of three daughters, she was a graduate of Trinity High School. When she wasn’t caring for her children, she could be found playing tennis, hosting bridge games, or volunteering at the children’s hospital. Later in life she traveled the world on bicycling, hiking, and sailing trips.
The family spent summers on Washington Island, Wisconsin, where they enjoyed sailing and other outdoor activities. The couple retired to Jupiter, Florida where they were active residents in the community. She was a devoted member of her tennis and bocce teams until the age of 85.
She will be remembered for her honesty, warmth, and adventurous spirit and will be missed by all whose hearts she touched.
Marilyn is survived by her sister, JoAnn; her eight children, Mark, Jon, Kirk, Erik, Ben, Lisa, Christian, and Todd; their spouses, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Richard Ver Halen.
A memorial visitation was held on Feb. 17 at Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home in Forest Park, followed on Feb. 18 by Mass at St. Luke Catholic Church, 528 Lathrop Ave., River Forest, IL 60305.