Marian Tetzlaff, 90

Legal assistant, member of Calvary Church

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Marian Constance Tetzlaff (DiGregorio) died on July 29, 2019. Born in Chicago on March 7, 1929, she lived in the Oak Park-River Forest area for the majority of her life and spent the last five years of her life in Solana Beach, California.

Marian lived her Christian life fully and imparted her values of kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness to her family. She was a member of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park for many years and also attended First Presbyterian Church in River Forest. An intelligent woman, she chose to read good literature and her Bible constantly. Even though she was busy raising five children while working full time in the city of Chicago for a large law firm as a lead legal assistant, she always started and ended her day with devotion and prayer. Extremely organized and efficient she kept the whole Tetzlaff enterprise running smoothly. She kept an impeccable home and entertained with grace.  

She was a woman of many talents, including a passion for sewing, needlework and knitting. Her hand was fine and she knitted with a group of skilled knitters until the end.  She spent many years as a member of the 19th Century Club in Oak Park, knitting for babies. She also loved opera and classical music and spent time volunteering for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

She traveled throughout the world and especially loved the Smoky Mountains where she enjoyed hiking to view the wildflowers. She reached out to many, gathering a wide circle of friends, and had an insightful sense of humor. She didn't use her advanced years as an excuse not to learn but rather embraced technology, had a weekly video conference with her children and kept an active email correspondence with many.

She sang in choirs large and small and had a beautiful voice. One felt blessed to sit next to her in church to hear her sing "Holy, Holy, Holy," which was one of her favorite hymns.

Marian was very beautiful, with a countenance of optimism and grace that upheld her until the end. Her family rejoices in her life and legacy.

Marian was married to George A. Tetzlaff Jr. (deceased); the mother of five children, Gregory W. Tetzlaff ( Donna), Dr. Linda T. Brubaker (Warren), Laura J. Godfrey (Robert), Lisa J. Pfiffner (Timothy), and Thomas G. Tetzlaff; the grandmother of Dr. Aleah L. Brubaker, Bradley K. Pfiffner, Rebecca E. Tetzlaff, Corey P. Pfiffner, Gregory W. Tetzlaff II, Anita Morea, Keene N. Brubaker, and Andrew T. Pfiffner; and great-grandmother of Matthew Warren Morea. Her brother Frank DiGregorio survives her.   

A private service will be held. Memorials can be sent to Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park.

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Barbara Wunder McAslan  

Posted: November 16th, 2019 8:38 AM

I remember her from growing up on the same block as the Tetzlaffs. A truly lovely lady in all ways.

Susan Montgomery from Chicago  

Posted: July 31st, 2019 10:04 AM

My condolences to the Tetzlaff family. Mrs. Tetzlaff was a dear friend of my late mother, and they enjoyed volunteering together at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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