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Marylyn Esther Vandenberg

January 28, 1936 August 6, 2021
Marylyn Esther Vandenberg
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Marylyn Esther VanDenBerg was born January 28, 1936 to Arthur and Elmira Buehler in Massillon, OH. She was preceded in death by her only sibling, Arthur, Jr. Her early years were spent accompanying her parents and brother in the pioneer service in various parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. She was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses 81 years ago on July 28, 1940. She had many stories to tell of those early years when wartime brought a wave of persecution. She recalls spending a night in jail at the tender age of four for preaching in the small town of Bellfontaine, OH. While the rest of the group slept she was fascinated by the running water! She could be found at large conventions of Jehovah's Witnesses playing the violin in the orchestra. By then the family lived in New Jersey where a young Bethel brother caught her eye and life would never be the same again. On October 11, 1952, she and Nicholas VanDenBerg married, going on to spend nearly 69 years together.

She remained dedicated to her God, Jehovah, and her faith her entire life. She was an avid Bible student and Bible teacher as her well-worn Bible attests. She has numerous former Bible students who consider her their spiritual mother. Even at the nursing home, she was known for freely giving her "testimony".

An industrious housewife, she loved to cook and give loving attention to her home. She was always supportive of her husband as he served the congregations in Ohio, Florida, and Indiana. In 1954, they began adding to their family with the birth of their first daughter, Debbie. A second daughter, Viki, came along in 1955, and in 1972 they were blessed with the addition of their son, Corey. They were happy their children chose Christian mates: Debbie - Terry Nash, Viki - Randy Sellman, and Corey - Leti VanDenBerg.

Beginning in 1978, they became grandparents when Viki had three children - Carissa, Matthew, and Jamon. Their extended family of loving and supportive mates, Hernan Luza, Abigail Sellman, and Kristin Sellman called her "Grandma" and benefited from her many experiences. The family continued to grow with the addition of five great-grandchildren, Sophia, Camila, Giselle, Ava, and Nicolas.

Marylyn passed away on August 6, 2021, but not before leaving a precious legacy of faithfulness in her service to Jehovah that we cherish. We believe her life does not end here with a period, but rather a comma. We know that she now rests peacefully in Jehovah's memory. We look forward to seeing her again in good health on an earth made new into the paradise she so longed for and that was the theme of the message she so eagerly shared with others. (Revelation 21:3, 4, Psalm 37:10, 11, 29)

The family of Marylyn VanDenBerg would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your many expressions of love and support. Your cards, phone calls, texts, flowers, prayers, and meals were deeply appreciated and will never be forgotten.

For more information on the hope for the future that Marylyn cherished, please visit the free website she frequented and enjoyed, jw.org. She often played the songs found there and was comforted and encouraged by their meaning.

Due to present circumstances, Memorial arrangements are to be determined. Details will be forthcoming.

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