Marilyn Van Ruiswijk

Date of Death: Feb 16, 2020
Marilyn Van Ruiswijk

1957 - 2020

Marilyn Van Ruiswijk, 62, of rural Rosendale passed away Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

Marilyn was born May 29, 1957 in Waupun the daughter of Archie and Marie Fraaza Zills. Marilyn was a graduate of Oakfield High School in 1975. On May 4, 1985 she married Earl Van Ruiswijk at Trinity Reformed Church in Waupun. Following their marriage the couple farmed in the Rosendale area most of their married lives. Marilyn was a member of Rosendale United Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School and was also the Sunday School Superintendent. Marilyn always taught Sunday School in the various churches which she and Earl and their children attended. She was an excellent sewer and made several items of clothing for her children and others. Marilyn enjoyed teaching her grandchildren how to cook, bake, and sew. She enjoyed going to tractor pulls as well as helping out with the Farm Bureau. She and Earl enjoyed helping others.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Earl Van Ruiswijk of rural Rosendale; two daughters: Christine (Joseph) Duscheck of Alto and Mary (Kevin) Tighe of Oakfield; two sons: John (Elizabeth) Van Ruiswijk of Rogersville and Ryan (Kaitlin) Van Ruiswijk of Woodhull; nine grandchildren; two sisters: Barb (John) Liermann of Bonners Ferry, Idaho and Jane (Jeff) Brown of Oakfield; a brother, Robert (Cindy) Zills of Manawa; a sister-in-law, Diana Zills of Moyie Springs, Idaho; along with nieces and nephews.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Roger at birth and Wayne Zills.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Friday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.


Memorial services for Marilyn Van Ruiswijk will be held Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Rosendale United Church of Christ with Rev. Wes Wassell officiating.

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  1. Nyles & Karen Priest Says: February 18, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Marilyn and Earl have been our neighbors across Palmer Road since 1993. I have always enjoyed our wonderful chats and friendship.
    This will continue with Earl.
    Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. Marilyn will be deeply missed by all of us. God bless!
    Nyles & Karen Priest

  2. Betty Lange Says: February 18, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Marilyn’s family. We’ll always remember her for her cheerfulness & her abilities to get things done. Don & Betty Lange

  3. Teri Vande Kolk Says: February 18, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss hugs and prayers ? for the family. Your mom was a great mom and will be missed.

  4. Cathy (Collien) Baker Says: February 19, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Marilyn’s husband and family. I am sad to hear that she has passed. Marilyn was a classmate of mine at Oakfield and I remember her as a really nice person to talk with and she had a funny side as well. She always seemed to be happy. We have not had a class reunion in a long time, this year will be forty-five years since we graduated. She will be missed. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

  5. Gary Hansen Says: February 19, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    My deepest sympathy for Earl and family

  6. Revs. Wanda & Paul Veldman Says: February 20, 2020 at 7:00 am

    I knew the blessings of this family as their pastor in Rosendale. Marilyn was a wonderful faithful person who we could always count on. In this time of such deep loss, we’re holding Earl & all the family close in our prayers. May God give them strength & peace.

  7. Erv Lesczynski Says: February 20, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Earl and family ….

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family on your loss …..

    Erv Lesczynski

  8. Marge Burling Says: February 20, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Dan Wepner told me about Marilyn’s death. I am so sorry to hear of this. So young —
    I talked to both Marilyn and Earl when Dorothy Van Ruiswyk was ill. I miss Dorothy.
    Marge Burling, Ripon

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