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133 E. Orchard Street
P.0. Box 217
Delton, MI 49046
Phone: (269) 623-5461
Fax: (269) 623-3188
Marilyn Rorabeck

Marilyn L. Rorabeck

Tuesday, December 2nd, 1930 - Thursday, January 31st, 2019
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Rorabeck, Marilyn L.
Delton

Marilyn Lavern Rorabeck, age 88, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Marilyn was born December 2, 1930 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Andrew and Marion (Merrifield) Shugars. On February 3, 1951, Marilyn married the love of her life, Herb Rorabeck, and they were married sixty five years before he preceded her in death in 2016. An intelligent, compassionate, loving, and talented human being, Marilyn lived her life, which often presented challenges, with patience, courage, love and long suffering. Marilyn was involved in so many accomplishments throughout her long and fruitful life. As a young woman, Marilyn worked for the Eckrich Company and various retail establishments and later worked at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, cared for loved ones and made hundreds of baby blankets, afghans, handmade pillows, and so many crafts which she lovingly gave to others. She also opened her own Basketique retail gift shop where she not only sold beautiful baskets, but also produce and other crafts. Marilyn loved working outside, growing beautiful flowers and raising fruits and vegetables as well. Among her many talents was the preserving of SO many quarts of fruits and vegetables for not only her family, but for countless others as well. Her Baby Gold peaches were always perfect. Her work with the Delton Seventh Day Adventist Church and its children played such an important part in her life for many years, as did opening their home to foster children and relatives in need through the years. She and Herb were also very involved in mission work throughout the world, providing for the education of many children in need in far off places. Many enduring relationships were formed with these encounters. Caring for the mothers also occupied much of her time as their lives drew to a close. Marilyn and Herb were always loving and gracious, sharing their abode with loved ones who came to visit. Marilyn is survived by daughters: Linda (John) Hill and Gayle (Pastor Jerry) Brown; son in law, Michael Erwin; a sister, Marva (Ed) Johnson; seven grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Herb, in 2016; a daughter, Melody Erwin; and a brother, Donald Shugars. Marilyn’s family will receive friends, Wednesday, 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Williams-Gores Funeral Home. Marilyn’s memorial service will be conducted, Thursday, February 7, 2019, 11:00 AM at Hickory Corners Bible Church, Pastor David Tenold, officiating. Burial will take place in East Hickory Corners Cemetery. Marilyn's family would like to give a special thank you to Reverence Hospice for all of their care. Memorial contributions to Delton SDA Church (DVC) will be appreciated. Please visit www.williamsgoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Marilyn’s family.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Williams-Gores Funeral Home
    Address
    133 E ORCHARD ST
    DELTON, MI 49046
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Hickory Corners Bible Church
    Address
    13720 Kellogg School Road
    HICKORY CORNERS, MI 49060
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    Officiant
    Pastor David Tenold
  • Interment

    Location
    East Hickory Corners Cemetery
    Address
    Hickory Road
    HICKORY CORNERS, MI 49060
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Cheri Hicks

Posted at 09:21pm
Dear Linda, So many memories it's hard to choose just one. Harder still, the fact that both your dad and mom are gone. I knew them my whole life. What a blessing they were to both me and my Gram. I remember one particular day Gram and I were working in the garden when your dad drove up, and called out to Gram. When Gram walked over, he told her to hold out her hand, he placed 5 , $100 bills in her hand. He told her he had had a good day at the shop. Got in his car and drove off. He never knew how badly we needed that money. Gram and I wept. Because of that one act of kindness, I have paid it forward numerous times. With your mom, she taught me my work ethic. From Sun up to Sun down Marilyn was working! I'm in the church today because of Herb, Marilyn and my Gram. Of course, if it hadn't been for them I could never have gone to BCA. I can just hear God saying "Well done thy good and faithful servant. " it is time for your mom and dad to rest. Our love and deepest sympathy to each of you. Randy and Cheri
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Rudnik/Paige Families

Posted at 07:23pm
As a kid, I went to the Delton church and got to know the Rorabecks well. I remember Marilyn in her kitchen, and how good their home smelled. Herb could be found in his shop among many tools, some of which my brother wound up selling for him. I remember when my family hit a financial low point, Herb let us raid his corn field. We filled up the back of a pick-up and spent a couple days cooking and freezing the corn. The juice from the corn even made it to our ceiling! What a mess! It was good corn though. Both of them were very loving toward kids, and my brother Jeremy and I were treated like grandchildren. My dad got a lot of his tools in his garage from them,and I am sure many of them are still there. When I think of Marilyn, I think of the tidy lady I remember who always had the exact same perfect hair and perfume. She was consistently a perfect example of a Christian lady. We will always remember her. Written by: Amya Paige(Amy Rudnik)on behalf of herself and the Rudniks (Chuck, Cindy, Jeremy)

Posted at 08:51pm
My dear sweet Auntie Marilyn (my dads sister) best known for her freezers full of ice cream, homemade canned peaches and beautiful long hair, that no one knew about because she always wore it in a bun! But most of all-her heart of pure gold💛
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Marion Coppock

Posted at 11:10pm
My memories are from 1975-1977. I was a member of the Delton SDA Church. Marilyn was the Sabbath School teacher, for my children. We worked together in Vacation Bible School. It was a pleasure to work with her. She also helped with my boys if I needed a babysitter. Whenever when we were back in the area I always tried to visit their home. Someday when the trumpet sounds and Jesus comes we will be reunited in our heavenly home. May we all be ready and waiting for that great day. Marion Coppock
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Laura Lee Rorabeck Davis

Posted at 08:51pm
Dear Linda and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you comfort and peace at this time. Such a gem! Love you!
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