Marilyn Smutzer, 1924-2021


Marilyn June Smutzer, 96, of La Porte, Ind., passed away peacefully at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in her home. She lived in her home and made many memories there from 1953 up until the time of her passing.

She was born Aug. 2, 1924, in Michigan City, Ind., to William and Gladys (Brown) Wedow.

Marilyn graduated from high school in Michigan City in 1941 at the age of 17. She worked for Allis-Chalmers in La Porte, working last as an accounting clerk up until when the company closed. She was a former member of the former Trinity Lutheran Church, La Porte. She was very health-conscience, having used remedies for staying healthy. Marilyn was an avid Chicago Bulls fan, keeping score each season of every year. She had a love of dogs, especially for the Boston bulldogs she owned over the years.

On May 3, 1947, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, La Porte, she married Orval Ray Smutzer, who preceded her in death Oct. 31, 1996.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; one son, Bruce Smutzer; and four siblings, Lyle Wedow, Beverly Hack, Norman Wedow and Barbara Adrian.

Surviving are her son, Ronald “Willie” (Melody) Smutzer of La Porte; four grandchildren, Melissa (Joe) Kalkirtz, Georgene (EJ Rogers) Smutzer, RJ Boyd and Jennifer Boyd; five great-grandchildren, Jaden Solar, Adrianna Boyd, Josilynn Boyd, Travis Deutscher and Athena Boyd; one sister-in-law, Betty Wedow; and two nephews, Steve Smutzer of Florida and Rusty “Mike” (Kelly) Smutzer of La Porte.

Cremation will take place. A private graveside service will be held at Patton Cemetery, La Porte. Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, La Porte, is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1130, 181 W. McClung Rd., La Porte, Ind. 46350, in memory of Marilyn June Smutzer.

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4 Responses to “Marilyn Smutzer, 1924-2021”

  1. Kathy Johnson

    Jul 30. 2021

    Willie, Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I remember going to your house to play when I was growing up, I remember her Bull dog too. May she rest in peace.

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    • Amy Quartuccio Zook

      Jul 30. 2021

      My condolences on your mom’s passing.

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    • Steven M Marovich Virginia A Marovich

      Aug 10. 2021

      Willy….So sorry to hear of your moms passing. May God watch over her and all of you. Love you guys

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  2. David Long

    Jul 30. 2021

    Wille: So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I so remember her when I helped parked cars in your yard during Fair week back in the day. A grand lady.

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