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Marianne Filisko

September 9, 1937 — April 15, 2024


Marianne Filisko (Franke)

Marianne Filisko (nee Franke), age 86, passed away peacefully, Monday, April 15, 2024, at home with family at her side. This much-loved mother and hard-working woman is now able to rest. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Aloisia and Wilhelm Franke; and her brother, Wilhelm Franke. All were of Germany.

Marianne is survived by many who love her, including children Wolfgang Wesley, Joseph (Michelle) Filisko, James (Shannon Greenwalt) Filisko, and Caroline (Jaimy) Spreitzer; one grandchild to own her heart, Milo Spreitzer; 13 brothers and sisters; numerous nieces and nephews, including her faithful goddaughter, Johnna Baran; and dear and dedicated friends Wilbern Douglas and Joy Moon.

In 1937, Marianne was born in the Sudetenland region of the Czech Republic. The end of World War II resulted in the eviction of her German family from their homeland. They were forced to relocate to the Frankfurt area of West Germany as war refugees. Her family worked hard to make a new life, starting from nothing. Marianne was the third oldest of 16 children.

The United States became her home after she married an American Soldier (Joseph Filisko, Sr.) and moved to the USA, initially to Lorain, Ohio, then settling in the Joliet, Illinois area to raise their family. The couple eventually divorced.

Marianne proudly became an American citizen in 2005, though her love for Germany and her strong German accent was always part of her.

Ever hard-working, Marianne supported herself and her family by working as a baker for Jewel Food Stores, and with a home-cleaning service, often working multiple jobs at a time, and always making long-time friends along the way. She participated in Yoga and water aerobics classes for many years, again, gaining meaningful friendships. People she met thought of her as a “good soul,” as one friend said.

Known for being a prolific sender of cards, she faithfully kept in touch with friends and family by sending cards and letters. She was also known for giving meaningful gifts for no special occasion. She knitted and crocheted almost every time she sat down, and made beautiful blankets, sweaters, hats, and other special items, which she freely gave as gifts.

To honor Marianne’s memory, a memorial celebration will take place on Sunday, June 2, from Noon to 4 pm at the Bird Haven Greenhouse & Conservatory in Joliet, Illinois. Attendees are encouraged to bring their crocheted, knitted, or sewn items crafted by Marianne, allowing everyone to witness the love she generously shared.

Marianne’s family is very grateful to Lightways Hospice of Joliet, Illinois for the guidance and support of the team that helped in so many ways to keep their “Omi” comfortable and for the assistance the family received in caring for her. Donations in Marianne’s honor to Lightways Hospice are appreciated.

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