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Marilyn L. (Bryant) Peterson

March 13, 1936 ~ May 24, 2018 (age 82)

Marilyn L. Peterson, 82 of Aledo, IL died Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Genesis Senior Living in Aledo. Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday May 29, 2018 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Aledo. Burial is in the Aledo Cemetery. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo. Memorials may be left to Messiah Lutheran Church and online condolences may be left at

She was born March 13, 1936 in Aledo, IL to Richard and Dorothy Olson Bryant. She graduated from Aledo High School in 1953. She attended AIC business college in Davenport, Iowa. On August 26, 1956, she was united in marriage to Harvey D. Peterson at Messiah Lutheran Church in Aledo.

Marilyn was briefly employed at The National Bank of Aledo until becoming a homemaker and raising her family. At the age of 17, Marilyn’s love for music enabled her to be the church organist for Messiah Lutheran Church in Aledo. She continued that position for 57 years, retiring in 2010.

She was a lifetime member of Messiah Lutheran Church where she was active in WELCA and sewing group. Marilyn was also a member of the Oak View Country Club.

Marilyn enjoyed her family and their activities.

Survivors include her husband, Harvey; three daughters: Kathy (Brad) Bowman of Smithville, MO; Karen (Doug) Schwartzkopf of West Bend, Iowa; Deanna (Bryan) Nicholas of Sarasota, FL; one son: Michael (Vicki) Peterson of Aledo, IL; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren with 2 lovingly expected; one brother-in-law: Roger Smallwood of Alexis; one aunt:  Audrey Bryant of Joy, IL; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Barbara.

Donations may be made to:

Messiah Lutheran Church
509 NE 2nd Street, Aledo IL 61231

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