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In Memoriam: Marilyn Seiler (Jan. 29, 1936 – Dec. 3, 2021)

Marilyn (Piatz) Seiler, 85, passed away on Dec. 3, 2021 surrounded by her five children in Silverton, Oregon. 

Marilyn was born in Napoleon, North Dakota on Jan. 29, 1936 to Joseph and Rose (Gross) Piatz. She was the youngest of three siblings. Her family moved to Mount Angel, Oregon when she was just six months old.

Marilyn went to St. Mary’s grade school and graduated high school at the Mount Angel Academy in 1954. After graduation, she worked at a dentist office in Mount Angel. 

She married Joe Seiler at St. Mary Catholic Church on Dec. 28, 1957. They moved to Corvallis, Oregon for a short time while Joe started his barbering career. Then, in 1958, they moved back to Mount Angel and soon after had their first child. In 1961, they moved into a little house on W. Church Street where they raised their five children and lived for 59 years. It was the perfect place to raise a growing family.

As their children grew Marilyn started to work various jobs including the Mt. Angel Drug Store and the library. Her love of writing assisted her in writing editorials for the Mount Angel newspaper. Marilyn’s last job was with the Mount Angel Abbey development office where she retired after 25 years.

She loved to read, crochet, camp at Detroit Lake, take trips to the beach and Reno, Nevada, and spend time with family which included attending many school activities and sporting events. She was a great listener and always had a great sense of humor. Marilyn loved sports and taught her children to play them, especially baseball. She had a fondness for Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Joe, her parents, her sister Leonora Beyer, and her great grandson baby JJ Seiler. She is survived by her brother, Francis Piatz of Mount Angel; brother-in-law, Fritz Beyer of Salem; children, Cindy (Rick) Schiedler, Tony (Kay) Seiler, Don (Kathy) Seiler, Shelley (Steve) Sperle, Jeff (Christi) Seiler; 12 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren with one more on the way in April.

Marilyn’s family thanks the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center for the last four years of her care. 

Funeral services were held at St. Mary Catholic Church on Dec. 11 followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or Mount Angel Abbey. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel.

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