Marie Zarlingo

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Marie A. Zarlingo, nee Burgener, 90, of Smithton, IL, born January 17, 1928, in St. Vincent, AR, died Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Marie was a loving mother devoted to her family.  She enjoyed bingo, quilting, traveling, and visits to the casino.  She loved to play Black Jack – and did until the very end.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 71 years, Ernest P. Zarlingo, who died on March 1, 2017; her parents, Ralph and Regina, nee Kuettle, Burgener; a grandson, Phillip Williams; a son-in-law, Gary Dunn; and numerous brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.

Surviving are a son, Phillip (Joanna) Zarlingo of Columbia, IL;
a daughter, Marilyn Zarlingo Dunn of Des Peres, MO;
two grandchildren, James Zarlingo of Columbia, IL, and Angela (Keith) Ingenthron of Ellisville, MO;
five great-grandchildren, Jessica Zarlingo (Josh Shaffer) of Waterloo, IL, Cooper Williams of St. Louis, MO, Seamus Zarlingo and Delaney Zarlingo of Columbia, IL, and Carson Ingenthron of Ellisville, MO;
one great-great-grandson, Alex Shaffer of Waterloo, IL;
and a dear brother-in-law, Pasco Zarlingo of West Memphis, AR.

Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, or in the form of memorial masses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 2018, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL.

Funeral:  A funeral procession will leave at 9:45 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2018, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, with Father Stanley Konieczny officiating.

Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Smithton, IL.



6 Comments on Marie Zarlingo

John Guenther said : Guest Report Aug 08, 2021 at 12:01 PM

A bit late but my snd my families sincere condolences. I remember living one street over when we all lived in Cahokia. Knew Phil and Marilyn well and Ernie and my dad were active in parish activities at St Catherine’s. Wonderful lady and family. I’ve been gone from Cahokia since 1997. Will always miss the friends I had and have lost track of. To Phil and Marilyn snd thier families may God bless and watch over you and your families.

  • Athens
  • Akabams
Venice History Committee said : Guest Report Jun 13, 2018 at 1:47 AM

Living in Venice was special to many of us. Some of us arrived later, but many of us grew up there. A smile, a kind word, or a friendship became a part of us and made us who we are. Whether we lived there recently or long ago, when we hear someone has passed on we feel a loss. Even if we did not know them personally, the fact they lived in Venice is important to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you on the passing of Mrs. Zarlingo.

  • Granite City
  • Illinois
Emerita Sponer said : Guest Report May 09, 2018 at 8:21 PM

So sorry for your loss. I'm a close neighbor of her sister Catherine. Marie & Ernie came for visits almost every year. We looked forward to them too. Love & prayers. The children of Alfred and Theresia Sponer.

  • Hattieville
  • AR
Cindy Fink said : Guest Report May 07, 2018 at 10:12 PM

We are sorry for you loss. She was a very friendly and loving neighbor. We live down the street from Marie and Ernie, and always in the winter time cleaned off their driveway for them.. R.I.P Marie

  • Smithton
  • IL
Eileen "Debbie" Huntley Benne said : Guest Report May 04, 2018 at 8:22 PM

I grew up down the street from Marie and Ernie. They were wonderful neighbors. I then had the priveledge of having Marie as my mentor at my first job at Wild Goose in Cahokia. She was a loving person and had a great sense of humor. She will be missed by many. Prayers of comfort to her whole family.

  • Hanna City
  • Il
S. Paul Zarlingo said : Guest Report May 03, 2018 at 10:53 PM

I will never have a more caring and loving Aunt. Godspeed on your journey to reunite with Uncle Ernie for eternal happiness. To all of the wonderful Family they created I am so so sorry for your loss.

  • Granite City
  • IL

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