May 27, 1931 — March 6, 2017
Marilyn Erminie Martin of Mequon passed away peacefully at Newcastle Place on March 6, 2017, at the age of 85. She is survived by her husband, Raymond, of 59 years. Loving mother of Joseph (deceased) and Michael, mother- in-law of Susan (Joe), grandmother of Nicholas and Michelle. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Clara Kemp.
Marilyn was born on a rural farm near the Kankakee River outside of La Porte, Ind., on May 27, 1931, but ultimately grew up in Chicago. She attended Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, where she was a Delta Gamma sorority member and absolutely loved participating in the university’s theatrical presentations. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in English and Speech in 1953, she attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and eventually received her Master’s Degree in education in 1957. She soon landed a job as a writer of children’s shows (and appeared in them as well) for an educational TV station. She also worked part-time as a Xerox copier operator and that’s how she met her future husband, Raymond, at US Steel in Detroit.
They were married on Oct. 6, 1957, the same date on which her parents were wed. On Feb. 22, 1959, her lifetime wish for a family happily commenced with the birth of twin boys, Joseph and Michael. A few years after her sons were born she began a two-year part-time stint as a Detroit Auto Show runway model for Oldsmobile and Lincoln Mercury.
During these annual automotive extravaganzas, which she rather enjoyed, Marilyn met and moved among the era’s elite– from movie stars and Olympians to famous sports figures. A final move brought her and her family to Mequon in 1966. After working brief periods as a substitute English teacher at Homestead High School and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she directed her remaining energy and life toward her favorite occupation of all – raising her twin boys.
Visitation and Memorial Services were held at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home in Mequon on Monday, March 13, 2017.
Memorials in her honor may be made to The Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation.