Marilyn Phyllis Richardson

May 05, 1931 - November 04, 2022


Obituary For Marilyn Phyllis Richardson

Rio - On Friday, November 4, 2022, the Lord Jesus sent His holy angels for the soul of Marilyn Richardson and took her home to heaven. Thus completed Marilyn’s earthly pilgrimage which lasted 91 years, 5 months and 30 days.

Marilyn Phyllis Gartzke was born on May 5, 1931, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Victor and Margaret Gartzke. Marilyn received Christian baptism on September 27, 1931. She was one of six children in her family. On October 25, 1953, she was united in marriage with Jack A. Richardson in Milwaukee.

Marilyn was a loving servant. She created a strong family environment where all her children were taught about the Lord. She worked in manufacturing for a short time and held several other jobs, but her heart was always the Lord’s, and her efforts were always focused at home. She was a longtime member of the Lord of Love Lutheran Church and volunteered many hours helping to build the present church building. She loved the Lord and her family. She was devoted to Jack and remained a strong part of her adult children’s lives. Marilyn was self-less and Christ-centered. She listened with her gentle spirit, she was loving, helpful, kind, and full of goodness.

Survivors include her son, Mike Richardson of Mukwonago, WI., (wife Cheryl), Grandson, Chad (wife Sandy) great grandson, Landon. Granddaughter, Jodi (husband Josh) great grandson, Beau.

Daughter, Cindy Crary of Wyocena, WI., (husband Paul), Grandson Jeremy Crary (wife Kirshton) great grandsons Alex and Mason, great granddaughters Ava and Sammy. Grandson, Nick Crary (wife Megan) great grandson, Jakson, and great granddaughter, Ella. Grandson, Craig Crary (wife Casey) great granddaughters, Kayleigh and Miranda, great grandson, Logan. Grandaughter, Shannon Garrett (husband Matthew) great grandsons, Braylon and Ivan.

Son, Steven Richardson of DeForest, WI., (wife Cindy) Granddaughter Samantha Binnie (husband Chase) granddaughters, Leeland and Henrietta. Granddaughter, Alexandria Quick (husband Jeremy) great granddaughter, Josie and great grandson, Paxton. Grandaughter, Heidi Kurzinski (husband Eric) and great granddaughter, Harlow and great grandsons, Finley and Atlas. Grandson, Calvin Richardson (wife Kara) great grandson, Griffin, great granddaughter, Ninah.

Daughter, Cheryl Armstrong of Wausau, WI., (husband Rich) Grandson, Caleb Armstrong, Granddaughter Brittany Higgins (husband John), Granddaughter Hannah Armstrong.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, her parents, sisters and brothers.

Marilyn’s body will rest and await the return of Jesus and the glorious resurrection at Norway Grove Cemetery, DeForest. Then the saying that is written will come true, “Death has been swallowed up in victory. (1 Corinthians, 15:54)

Thank you, Lord for giving Marilyn such a wonderful long life of 91 years and for the 68 years of sharing love with her children and her husband, Jack. Thank you to, Pastor Jenswold and Pastor Michael Willitz, for sharing their eternal hope with mom. Thank you for the many visits to mom. Thank you for the conversation and continually sharing God’s love with mom and our family. Thank you for visiting, praying and being there continually through illness and injury. We are so appreciative of your guidance in mentoring on this journey. Thank you to the staff and members of the Lord of Love and for all the many hours of service, the hugs, patience and understanding during this time.

Thank you, family, for your loving continued support and assistance of mom. Thank you for the kindness, concern, and gentleness that you shared with her. Mom thanked God continually and consistently prayed for the Christian walk of her 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lord of Love Lutheran Church.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Lord of Love Lutheran Church, DeForest. A visitation will be held on Friday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Interment will follow at Norway Grove Cemetery.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services Windsor/DeForest Chapel 6924 Lake Road 608-846-4250


11 Nov


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Lord of Love Lutheran Church 105 Paradise Circle DeForest, WI 53532 Get Directions »
11 Nov

Memorial Service

11:00 AM

Lord of Love Lutheran Church 105 Paradise Circle DeForest, WI 53532 Get Directions »
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  • 11/09/2022

    Marilyn was a wonderful and special person to everyone she met. Memories of Marilyn will live on in the hearts of her family forever. May she now Rest In Peace with her Lord and Savior reunited with her loving husband Jack.

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