Zeigler, Marilyn S.

Marilyn S. Zeigler, 87, a long-time Brunswick resident, passed away peacefully on the evening of November 17, 2022, in Brunswick, Ohio. She was born on May 4, 1935, in Cleveland, Ohio to Fred and Agnes (Regal) Schenk.

She was a dedicated member of Brunswick Reformed Church (BRC) and considered the church to be her second family. In addition, to being a charter member, she also served as a youth group advisor, a morning greeter, a Bible study member, and a steadfast prayer warrior. One of her most fervent prayers was answered with the creation of a connection of BRC with Kids Hope USA. A program that connected her church family with her work family, Towslee Elementary, in a mentorship program for children.

Marilyn’s years of work as a librarian were more of a devotion than employment, as she served over 40 years as the Librarian at Towslee Elementary School. She made it her top priority to ensure every student and staff member knew that they were important and valued individuals.  She instilled a passion for reading in every child and decorated her library as a playful area to explore the world through books. Many students hold fond memories of her many puppets and animal cracker treats, as well as her consistent encouragement to give warm fuzzies and to avoid cold pricklies. Last month, Marilyn was inducted into the Brunswick School District Alumni Hall of Fame, in recognition of her tremendous impact on so many lives.

Marilyn will be deeply missed by many, but especially by her family. She is survived by her children, Donna (John) Cook, Tracy Lezark, Scott Zeigler, and Karyn (Earl) Gentile; grandchildren, Kyle, Kelly (Marc), Kevin, Grace, Madeline, and Joey; and great-grandchild, Wesley; as well as many family members and friends. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Eddie and Freddie.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Brunswick Reformed Church, 3535 Grafton Road, Brunswick, Ohio, on Sunday, November 27, 2022, at 2:30 PM. The family will receive friends at Brunswick Reformed Church at 1:30 PM, before the start of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Marilyn’s name to Brunswick Reformed Church, 3535 Grafton Road, Brunswick, OH 44212.

Bollinger Funeral Services assisted the family.

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  1. She was the Greatest of All Time. Known her All my Life and she was Always so Positive every minute of the Day. She Will be Missed by all who she has come in contact With

  2. Mrs. Ziegler will forever hold a very special place in my heart, soul, and memories. Her impact on my life growing up at BRC as well as a guest in her home on many occasions. So blessed that I had the opportunity to visit during a trip to Brunswick a few years ago and staying connected on FB. Prayers for comfort and peace for Donna, Tracy, Scott, Karen and all. That beautiful smile, encouraging voice, and Christian heart will never be forgotten. Hugs and love. Cindy

  3. I am so very saddened to hear of her passing. We talked not very long ago. She was my Godmother and my Mother’s best friend throughout their lifetimes. She was such a special person and probably taught me my first Christian Poem. She told my Mon, I should become a preacher because I always ran around singing “This Little Light of Mine”, well at the time SHE was that light I was singing about, and I realized that as I got older, just how close to God she was. She never waivered from Her Faith. I will miss her dearly she was “Family” to me. I will pray for ALL of her family through this part of the grieving process and beyond. Having lost my Mom, on January 25th, 2022, the same age as Marilyn, 87, I know of that grief. May God be with you all… Ken Phillips

  4. Marilyn,
    It was a pleasure and a privilege to get to know you. Thank you for truly making this world a better place!
    With love and fond memories,

  5. So sad to hear of Marilyn’s passing! But I’m so thankful that our family was so blessed by knowing her, not only at Towslee, but at BRC! She was one of a kind and a blessing to all who had the privilege of knowing her. Praying for your family at this sad time. We’re glad that we will see her again on those streets of gold!

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