Marilyn K. Melone
Age 82, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Joliet Area Community Hospice Home, surrounded by her loving family. Marilyn North was born in Chicago on December 23, 1934. Following the loss of her parents, she spent her formative years in Des Plaines, Illinois, at St. Mary’s Training School, presently know as Maryville Academy.
On April 14, 1956, Marilyn North married the love of her life, Ed Melone, at St. Angela’s Church on Chicago’s West Side. They first met as children at St. Mary’s. Following Ed’s time in the service and graduation from DePaul University, Marilyn and Ed reunited at a Maryville reunion. It was at that time their lifelong romance was kindled. They were married nearly 59 years.
Marilyn was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved others as if they were part of her family. She was an avid reader and enjoyed discussing what she read with her friends and family. Marilyn was devoted to her communities in both Chicago and Naples. During the 1960’s and the early 1970’s, Marilyn and Ed welcomed children from Maryville into their home. She and Ed also welcomed members of the Catholic vocations into their home for periods of respite. Marilyn had an immense devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Sacred Heart of Mary. Additionally, Marilyn was involved at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church as a Eucharistic minister, bible study participant, and as a regular volunteer for the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. She was very active in the pro-life movement in Naples and was dedicated to saving the lives of unborn babies.
Marilyn is welcomed into the loving arms of the Lord our God and is reunited with her loving husband, Ed. She is preceded in death by her son, Eddie Melone (Charla), and her grandson, Christopher Glog; her parents Thomas and Irene (Berger) North, and her three brothers, Tom (Helen), Bob and Jack North.
Marilyn is survived by her cherished 8 children; Christie Dowd (John), Terese Melone, Marybeth Rohe (Timothy), Joanne Kohlhagen (Jay), Kathleen, Michael Melone (Kelly), Louanne Fischer (Patrick) and Wendy Hamilton (Jim); 29 grandchildren, John (Kate), Lauren (Ryan), and Alex Dowd, Sarah Glog, Timothy, Lisa, Courtney, Matthew, Anthony and Domenic Rohe, Brett, Stephanie, Michael and Ryan Kohlhagen, Conrad Worthy, Chelsea and Corey Melone, Zachary, Alec, Megan and Mia Melone, Francesca, Marissa, Joseph and Christian Fischer and Emma, Audrey and Jack Hamilton and Will; 6 great grandchildren, Johnny and Jake Dowd, Grace O’Hara, Tyler Glog, Timothy Rohe and Jacob Kohlhagen; fond sister, Pat Efrosinis, brother-in-law Christe Melone (Connie), sister-in-law Marge (the late Earl) Melone, and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
The Melone family extends their gratitude to all the Doctors, nurses and support staff at both Silver Cross Hospital and Joliet Area Community Hospice for their tender loving care of our mother.
Visitation will be on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 3:00 until 7:30 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Rds., Joliet. Marilyn will then travel home to Naples. On Thursday October 26, 2017, family and friends are invited to gather at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 5130 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd, Naples, where Marilyn will lie in honor from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Cremation rites will be accorded following her funeral mass. Marilyn’s internment will take place at Saint Peter Columbarium alongside her husband, Edward, after the 8:00 a.m. Mass on October, 27, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to the Joliet Area Community Hospice, 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, IL 60431 or Sunlight Home, P.O. Box 9194, Naples, FL 34101 or https://sunlighthome.org/donate. For additional information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com