ANNAWAN — Maralyn A. Guthrie of Annawan died Thursday, May 25 at the age of 91. Funeral mass will be held Wednesday, May 31 at 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. Monsignor Dale Wellman will celebrate while Rev. S. Stephen Engelbrecht will preside. Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in rural Annawan. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 30 from 4 - 7 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home in Atkinson where the rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m.
Maralyn was born on September 8, 1925, the daughter of John and Helen (Hayes) Brennan, in Rochelle. She graduated from Rochelle High School in 1942 and attended Northern Illinois University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in music. Maralyn married James Guthrie on June 14, 1952. She taught vocal music in Lombard, Wethersfield, Atkinson (for over 30 years), and finished her teaching career at Lyle School in Kewanee. Maralyn was a long time music director and church organist at Sacred Heart. She also was the President of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, Province Director of National Council of Catholic Women, a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at Sacred Heart, and member of the Annawan/Alba Women’s Club. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ and accompanying many vocalists for weddings and funerals, playing bridge, golfing, swimming, attending her son’s auctions, spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and watching all sports, especially her beloved Cubs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Helen; sister, Emmie Hope; brother-in-law, Jack Hope; sister-in-law, Dorothy Brennan; and daughter-in-law, Carol Guthrie.
Her survivors include her daughter, Jeanne (Paul) Tsukuno of Wheaton; son, Mark Guthrie (Pattie Lewis) of Annawan; brothers Bill (Fran) Brennan of Maple Park, Jack Brennan of Libertyville; grandchildren, Ann (Reeve) Brandon of Chicago; Katie (Scottie) Welch of Chicago; Molly Carroll of Chicago; Kelly (Adam) Lang of Chicago; Sara (Marcus) Parent of Gurnee; Susan (Dave) Mercier of Chicago; Stephanie (Patrick) Boilini of Highland Park; and great grandchildren, Symone Parent; Sasha Parent; John Brandon; Riley Welch; Brody Welch; and Timothée Mercier.
Memorials may be left in her memory to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Annawan/Alba Fire Department.
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