Marilyn E. Homesley

By on October 17, 2013

Marilyn E. Homesley, 83, of Elburn, formerly of East Palestine, Ohio, passed away peacefully Monday evening, Oct. 14, 2013, surrounded by the prayers of her family.

She was born Feb. 28, 1930, in Salem , Ohio, the daughter of Russell and Edna (Keebler) Oberholtzer.

Marilyn grew up in East Palestine and attended local schools. She graduated as a “straight A” student in 1947.

Marilyn met the love of her life at a local basketball game when she crossed paths with Lester Homesley. They were united in marriage on Feb. 28, 1948, in East Palestine, and it was one of the best birthday gifts she ever received. The marriage certificate had both their full names, but ever after Marilyn only called Lester “Hon.”

They began their new life together with her parents for a time before Les built their first home. This was the first time that Les could put on display his growing craftsmanship, laying the foundation by hand. Although he built the house and eventually handcrafted most of the furniture, it was Marilyn who made it a home.

In 1958 Les sold his home and began plans to build another one. Les and Marilyn moved back into her parent’s home until it was completed three years later. This new home on Pleasant Drive was bigger and better than his first, and now held a growing family that included their 10-year-old son Randy. They eventually moved to St. Charles, but made Elburn their home from 1974 onward.

Marilyn was the perfect mom and wife, but after Randy was grown, she added executive secretary to her resume while working at Riverside Laboratory in Geneva before taking her talents to Curtis Breeding in Elburn. Eventually she worked at the Kane County Government Center Health Department for several years before retiring. Afterward, she and Les hit the road in their motor home and traveled to all the places they thought they might like to live, but found there was no place like home in Elburn.

Marilyn was an animal lover, especially cats and the ducks she loved to feed on the Fox River with her grandchildren in tow. She had no rivals when it came to working in the kitchen. Her roasts and ham loaf were second to none, and her cookies were one of a kind. Her love for her family was never ending, and the memories made with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren are priceless gifts that will be treasured forever.

She is survived by one son, Randy (Debbie) Homesley of Elburn; two grandchildren, Jason Homesley of St. Charles and Jennifer Dazzo of Elburn; and five great-grandchildren, Bella Homesley, and Drake, Drew, Kamryn and Corey Dazzo.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Edna Oberholtzer; and her husband, Lester “Hon” Homesley.

Private family services will be held. Interment will occur at Oak Hill Cemetery, Geneva.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made directly to the charity of your choice. Memories and tributes may also be forwarded to the family at where you can also see her full-life story.