Marilyn Velie, 80

Marilyn Ruth Velie, age 80 of Mendon, died Tuesday March 2, 2010 at her home following a long illness. She was born in Sturgis on Jan. 18, 1930 the daughter of the late Walter and Marjorie (Brown) Fieberkorn. Marilyn graduated from Centreville High School with the class of 1948. She was married to Dale Velie in LaGrange, IN on Feb. 24, 1951 and they have resided near Mendon for the past 56 years.

Marilyn worked briefly for the Kirsch Company in Sturgis and later as a baker for 24 years at Colon Public Schools. Following her retirement, she accompanied her husband delivering trailers across the United States and Canada for The Viking Company of Centreville. She was a Cub Scout Leader and a volunteer for the Leonidas Do-Best 4-H Club. She was a member of the Mendon Christian Ladies and the Michiana Christian Womens group. She attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Colon where she was a member of the Altar Gild and the Ladies Aid Society. Marilyn enjoyed outdoor activities, whether it was yard-work, camping, gardening, and just spending time with her family.

Marilyn is survived by Dale, her husband of 59 years; two children and their spouses, Diana Breneman (Danny) of Mendon and Larry Velie (Patricia) of Hull, MA; four grandchildren, Jason Breneman (Michelle) of Mendon, Chad Breneman (Jenni) of Burr Oak, 2nd Lt. Jordan Velie of Ft. Benning, GA, and Kelsey Velie of Hull, MA; five great- grandchildren, Brooke, Brock, Mayson, Jayden, and Jenna Breneman; two brothers, Sheldon Fieberkorn (Jean) of Sturgis, and Harold Fieberkorn of Mattawan; one sister, Shirley Bowersox of Three Rivers; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday March 6, 2010 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 484 S. Burr Oak, Colon, MI, with Rev. David Grimm officiating. Burial will be in Leonidas Cemetery. Memorials will be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association. An online register is available and condolences may be left at

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