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Marilyn J. Eychaner, 84, of Esmond, died on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in Kishwaukee Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born April 4, 1932 in DeKalb to Emmett and Mary (Riemsnider) Rand. On August 17, 1952, she married Raymond Eychaner, in Esmond, at the Esmond United Methodist Church. Together, they farmed in the Esmond area for 41 years until his death in 1996.
She was a lifelong member of Esmond United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She celebrated life with her family and friends which included traveling, family dinners, camping, card club and working alongside her husband and son on their farm.
Survivors include her children, Debra (Will) Burlingham, Karen (Hank) Schmitt, Judy (Thomas) Maloney and Russell (Barb) Eychaner; grandchildren, Mark, Brad, and Scott Burlingham, Emily (Colin) Portle, Eric Schmitt, Gary (Jamise) Schmitt, Tony (Phoung) Schmitt, Mike (fiancé-Mallory Thornberry) Maloney, Andy Maloney, and Natalie, David, and Steven Eychaner; great-grandchildren, Allison, Katie, Nathan, Madelyn and Miles Schmitt, Marianna Burlingham, and Olivia Portle; brothers, Lowell (Donna) Rand, Howard (Gloria) Rand, Gerald (Marjory) Rand, and Charles (Phyllis) Rand; sister, Norma Rand; cousin, Audrey Stocking; sister-in-law Carol Rand; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters; Phyllis Charlesworth and Carol Rand, and brothers, Wilbur and Ronald Rand.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3:30 PM on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Esmond United Methodist Church, 675 Main St., Esmond, IL.
A visitation will be held from 1:30 - 3:30 PM prior to the service, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Esmond United Methodist Church, American Cancer Society, and American Heart Association.

Condolences & Shared Memories (3)

  1. Vicki Cocalis

    Dear Deb, Will, Mark, Marianna, Brad, Scott, Karen, Hank, Emily, Olivia and Eric, I want you to know that I thinking of you as you gather together to celebrate your beloved mom, grandma and great-grandma. Deb, the photo of your mom is beautiful and I was struck by how much you look like her! I have enjoyed getting to know your family through many well- told stories of growing up on the farm and more recently trips home for card-playing, annual golf event and cruises. I hope memories of your large, loving family will bring you comfort as you go forward without your mom by your side. I trust our Jesus' promise that you will be together in eternity, knowing that love never fails. These thoughts and wishes extend to Russ and all others that I have not had the privilege of meeting. God bless you and keep you, Vick Cocalis, Madison

  2. Jerry & Nancy Eychaner

    They say losing a Mom/Grandma is one of the hardest things in life. May all your wonderful memories last a lifetime and also help you through this very sad and difficult time. Our thoughts & prayers are with each of you.

  3. Bob and Eva Stolt

    Our deepest condolences for your loss to Russ, Barb and family.


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