Marilou Adam

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Marilou Adam, 86, of Belleville, IL, died Sunday, August 9, 2020, at Aviston Countryside Manor, Aviston, IL. The family thanks Countryside Manor for their care.

Born on February 17, 1934 in Belleville, IL, Marilou attended Notre Dame Academy before graduating from Fontbonne College with a bachelor’s degree. She worked as a medical technologist at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, IL. She was a member of Delta Theta Tau philanthropic sorority and worked as a volunteer at the Smithton library for many years. Among playing bridge with friends and listening to KMOX radio, Marilou also spent much of her time traveling, with trips to the Panama Canal, Hawaii, and a month-long grand tour of Europe among some of her favorites. As a member of the Fox club at the St. Louis Fox Theater and a frequent attendee of the St. Louis Muny, Marilou enjoyed both plays and musicals. She was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and later, the St. Louis Blues – especially when they were winning. She attended Cardinal games throughout her life and enjoyed her first Blues hockey game in 2009 at the age of 72. Above all, her family will remember her as a kind and ambitious spirit who brightened their lives with her grace (and excellent grilled-cheese sandwiches.)

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph W. and Aurelia M., nee Laeuffert, Adam.

Surviving are her dear cousins, Tom and Mary Beth Metzger of Belleville, IL; extended family, Angela Volluz (nee Metzger) of Swansea, IL, Mark (Judy) Metzger of Aurora, IL, Douglas (Jocey) Metzger, Tatum and Delaney Metzger, Ryan (Kathleen) Metzger, Nicholas Metzger, Katherine Volluz, Roxanne Ford of Yorba Linda, CA, and Aaron Ford of Burbank, CA.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, or to St. Teresa Catholic Church.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, August 17, 2020, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Face masks and other CDC protocols will be observed.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, August 17, 2020, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. David Darin officiating.

Burial will be at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


8 Comments on Marilou Adam

Marian Albers said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2020 at 1:01 PM

I was saddened to learn of Marilou's passing. I met Marilou when she started Volunteering at the Smithton Public Library. I had the pleasure of working with Marilou for 10 years. She was a dear friend and awesome volunteer. We stayed in touch and I enjoyed a long lunch with her in early 2019. She was so vibrant. She will be missed. My deepest sympathies to all the family members.

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Gloria said : Guest Report Aug 15, 2020 at 10:50 AM

So sorry to hear. Marilou hired me in 1973. She was always respected and respectful of all of her employees. I was glad to call her a friend. My sympathy to Marilou's family and friends.

Myra coggeshall said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2020 at 3:49 PM

Marilou hired me to work at St.E's lab in 1966. We became friends through the years. We enjoyed lunch at the Shrine Restaurant often.She was brave lady.

  • belleville
  • Illinois
Barbara Kern said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2020 at 1:36 PM

Marilou and her parents were good friends of the Kern family. Deepest sympathy to her cousins.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Barbara Kern said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2020 at 10:20 AM

Marilou and her parents were lifelong friends of the Kern family. We are so sorry to learn of her passing.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Rita Rande said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2020 at 9:40 AM

I met Mary Lou at the Smithton Library. She always had a warm greeting and a great smile! I admired her positive attitude! I loved talking “books” with her! She always had a few book picks to recommend. What a fine woman!! She made the world a better place!

  • Smithton
  • Il
Carol Kniepkamp said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2020 at 10:18 PM

To the Metzger Family-So sorry to hear of Marilou's passing. May God welcome her to Eternal Life and may God bless all of you.

  • North Richland Hills
  • TX
Richard and Diane Freeman said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2020 at 8:44 PM

So hard to lose a loved one. You have our deepest sympathy.

  • Homer
  • I’ll.

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