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Marilyn Tyler

April 25, 1927 — June 11, 2021

Marilyn Tyler

Marilyn P. Tyler (nee Plese) of Elwood, passed away peacefully at home Friday, June 11, 2021 with her beloved family by her side.

She was born at the Plese family farm on West River Road in Wilmington, IL on April 25, 1927, to John and Margaret (nee Berta) Plese, the fourth of their seven children. She was educated in Braidwood and Wilmington schools and graduated from Reed Custer High School. Marilyn then attended University of Illinois and Illinois State University where she received a degree in Education. She held teaching assignments in Geography and Modern Dance at Lyons Township, Lake Zurich, Park Forest and Rosary College. In 1957 Marilyn married James A. Tyler, and they shared a beautiful life in Elwood raising a family at the home they called “Snug Harbor”. She was admired for her kindness, generosity, style, and grace. Her sister called her “the jewel of the family”; her husband called her “Slim”. While a proud Elwood resident for 60 years, she continued the Tyler tradition of being a snowbird in Florida during the winters. She enjoyed many warm days in Naples/Marco Island with her family, grandchildren, and numerous friends. Marilyn was an avid gardener, and--as anyone who saw her yard can attest--she was always planting something with pride.

Throughout her life, Marilyn was active in many charitable causes, supporting St. Rose School and Parish in Wilmington, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Joliet, and Joliet Catholic High School and Kuzma Care Cottage in Wilmington.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband James A. Tyler (2000), her parents John and Margaret Plese, brothers James, Leo, and Dean Plese, brother-in-law Joseph DeGulie, sister-in-law Judith Plese, and grandson Joseph.

Marilyn is survived by sons Jeffry (Cindi) and Josh (Katie), daughter Jenifer (Peter), stepsons Jack (Maggie) and James (Karen), grandchildren Victoria (Jason) Keough, Rebecca (Sam) Graf, Ann (Don) Ricca, Sarah, Emma, Lucas, James, and Jesse, cherished sisters Lucille DeGulie, Madonna (Jack) Orr, and Margaret (Albert) Paoletti; and many beloved great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

The family is indebted to Silver Cross Medical Center staff for excellent care and to amazing neighbors and friends Donna Banas, Patty Vinsel, Bobbi Newman and Judy Sundine, as well as to caregiver Irena Steponaitiene and to the many beloved family members and friends who always took time to visit and call.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday June 17, 2021 at 11:00am, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Wilmington, IL. A private interment in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to Good Shepherd Center (, Silver Cross Foundation, Kuzma Care Cottage, St. Rose Church in Wilmington or The Elwood Children’s Garden.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Marilyn’s memorial page by logging onto:

Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. ( 815-476-2181 )

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