Marilyn Lauf

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Marilyn M. Neuner-Lauf, nee LaCroix, 88, of Belleville, IL, born October 24, 1932, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at Missouri Baptist Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Marilyn was an Administrative Secretary for Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL, and retired in 1997. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church for many years, and later St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Belleville, IL. She loved to play cards with her friends and go to the local casinos.  But her most cherished part of life, was just spending time with her family.

Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary, nee Grainger, LaCroix; her first husband, Harlan D. Neuner, whom she married on November 12, 1955, and who died on September 24, 1989; her second husband, Raymond C. Lauf, whom she married on February 15, 1999, and who died on March 5, 2014; her dear sister, Judy Bitters; and a stepson, Thomas Lauf.

She is survived by her three children, David Neuner (Tiffany Griswold), Donna (Rick) Dockins, and Beth (Patrick) Blechle;
three stepsons, Don (Debra) Lauf, John (Jackie) Lauf, and Tim (Jodie) Lauf;
a stepdaughter-in-law, Debbie Lauf;
Marilyn was an amazing grandmother to 24 grandchildren, whom she loved so dearly, Cassidy (Dylan Polus), Catlin, Erik, and Trever Dockins, Evan and Morganne Blechle, Brandie (Sean) Beyers, Heaven Stager, Haden and Elizabeth Griswold, Josh (Tara) Lauf, Jaime (Scott) Keck, Jennifer (Collin) Largent, Justin (Kim) Lauf, D.J, (Lori) Lauf, Dustin (Grace) Lauf, Kristina (Anthony) Santa Croce, Kacey (Mark) Beatty, Katlyn (Eric) Frazier, Kinsey Lauf, Valerie, Ashley, and Britney Lauf, and Carrie DeFosset;
25 great-grandchildren, Olivia, Everleigh, Natia, Ayden, Alex, Kailey, Mason, Taylor, Jayda, Lydia, Logan, Jon, Sofie, Sloane, Patrick, Andrew, Catherine, Oliver, Noah, Nolan, Adalynn, Josephine, Eleanor, Andrew, Liam, and her soon to be great-grandson, Aiden;
a brother, Frank LaCroix;
a brother-in law, Robert “Bob” Bitters;
and many nieces, nephews, and her wonderful lifelong friends.

 “If I could sit across the porch from God, I’d thank him for lending me you”

In lieu of flowers, and in honor of our mother’s memory, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or to the Special Olympics. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Due to COVID-19, private graveside services will be held Friday January 8, 2021, at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring.

Arrangements by George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL


14 Comments on Marilyn Lauf

Karrie Banaghan said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2021 at 5:58 PM

My deepest heartfelt sympathies to Donna, Beth and David, as well as all of Marilyns many friends and loved ones. Marilyn was such a kind and loving person. I will always have a very special place in my heart for Her and Harlan. I loved them both. May they be together once more. God bless.

  • Lake Helen
  • Fl
Tottie Bassler said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2021 at 3:26 PM

Marilyn was a dear classmate of mine, and she was a wonderful person. May she have eternal rest.

  • Belleville, Il
  • Il
Jeff and Alicia Carmack said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2021 at 3:12 PM

So sorry for your loss. We are there if you need us.

  • Freeburg
Donald and Debra Lauf said : Guest Report Jan 06, 2021 at 5:16 PM

Gone from our sight but never our memories. Gone from our touch but never our hearts. A loss of a good woman wife mother grandmother great grandmother and truly a friend. One person who always had enough love for everyone she came in contact with. She will be greatly missed by all. Now she has joined departed family and friends. She is at rest with God and enjoying eternal peace and many joyful reunions with all that went before her.

  • Redding
  • California
Amy Whittaker said : Guest Report Jan 04, 2021 at 3:10 PM

I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the entire family.(Sending hugs and prayers your way.)

  • Belleville
  • IL
Maria Scheibel said : Guest Report Jan 04, 2021 at 8:50 AM

Thinking of all of you during this time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
JACK OESTERLE,JR. said : Guest Report Jan 02, 2021 at 9:15 PM

Tim, Please accept our sympathy of your loving step-mother. "May The Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her" "We Don't Say Goodbye...We Say Till We Meet Again" In Our Prayers! Mary Kay "Pope" & Jack Oesterle,Jr.

  • Kirkwood
  • Missouri
Jane Pulley said : Guest Report Jan 02, 2021 at 8:21 PM

So sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Marilyn in Personnel at Memorial. She was such a beautiful person inside and out. She loved her family and the fun times you all shared at the fish fries and annual Shriners parades. I’m sure you have many wonderful memories. Prayers to you during this difficult time.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Kelly Douffet Duncan said : Guest Report Jan 02, 2021 at 4:30 PM

Dear Lauf family I am so sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. She is now at peace in heaven with her family and friends that went before her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.🙏

  • Lehigh acres
  • FL
Ed French said : Guest Report Jan 02, 2021 at 3:53 PM

Marilyn was my Administrative Secretary (Assistant) for several years. She was always dedicated to her family and a great person for all of us to work with.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Sue Rawdon said : Guest Report Jan 02, 2021 at 2:01 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! I am so sorry for your loss dear friend! Hugs to you!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Terri LaCroix said : Guest Report Jan 02, 2021 at 12:18 PM

My heart and prayers go out to my dad, cousins and all of my Aunt Marilyn’s family and friends. I loved her so much, she was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known and I will miss her so much! 😢 ❤️🙏

  • New Baden
  • IL
Robin Buesking said : Guest Report Jan 02, 2021 at 12:00 PM

You were blessed with a large and loving family and will be missed. I loved working with you. Now you can visit your loved ones in heaven.

  • Oakville
  • Missouri
Jennifer LaCroix said : Guest Report Jan 02, 2021 at 11:23 AM

I will always treasure the memories with my Aunt Marilyn. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time. ❤️

  • Belleville
  • IL

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