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Marilyn L. Bielema

June 30, 1939 November 17, 2022
Marilyn L. Bielema
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Obituary for Marilyn L. Bielema

MARILYN L. BIELEMA, 83, of Prophetstown, IL, died Thursday, November 17, 2022 at Genesis Medical Center in Silvis, IL.


Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 21, 2022 at Leon United Methodist Church in Prophetstown, officiated by Rev. Peter Kicheon Ahn. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 20th at the Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home in Prophetstown. Interment will be in the Leon Cemetery, Prophetstown. Memorials to the Prophetstown Park District and the Leon United Methodist Church have been established.


Marilyn was born June 30, 1939 in Sterling, IL, to Wayne and Beulah (Upton) Morse. She was educated in the Spring Hill Grade School and was a 1957 graduate of Erie High School in Erie, IL. She then attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA. On July 1, 1960 she married Arnold “Arnie” D. Bielema in Erie. Marilyn taught second and third grade for two years at Fenton Grade School in Fenton, IL. She was then the director of the Morrison Community Day Care in Morrison, IL for 25 years. She was a member of Leon United Methodist Church in Prophetstown. She was a board member and president of the Prophetstown School Board and had served as commissioner for the Prophetstown Park District. Marilyn was a breast cancer survivor and was passionate about supporting breast cancer research and awareness. She stood as an honorary co-chair for the 2010 Annual Komen Ozark Race for the Cure, and was also awarded the Champion in Women’s Health Award by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation. Marilyn’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her family. She especially enjoyed times cooking with her grandchildren.


Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Arnie; one daughter, Brandi (Shannon) Cooper of Lyndon, IL; three sons, Bart (Kris) Bielema of Lyndon, IL, Barry Bielema of Morrison, IL and Bret (Jen) Bielema of Champaign, IL; nine grandchildren, Christian (Diego Casas) Cooper, Garrett Cooper, Schuyler (Gabrielle) Bielema, Hanna Bielema, Griffen Bielema, Brooke Bielema, Lauren Bielema, Briella Bielema and Brexli Bielema; special friends, Linda Atherton of Prophetstown, IL and Donna Reisenbigler of Austin, TX.


She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Betsy Lynn Bielema.

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Visitation

Sunday

20

Nov

4:00 PM 11/20/2022 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/20/2022 7:00:00 PM
Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home

320 LaFayette Street
Prophetstown, IL 61277

Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home
320 LaFayette Street Prophetstown 61277 IL
United States

Service

Monday

21

Nov

10:00 AM 11/21/2022 10:00:00 AM
Leon United Methodist Church

17173 Lomax Road
Prophetstown, IL 61277

Leon United Methodist Church
17173 Lomax Road Prophetstown 61277 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Leon Cemetery Final Resting Place

17173 Lomax Road
Prophetstown, IL 61277

17173 Lomax Road Prophetstown 61277 IL
United States
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