Marilyn Kresa, nee Rippel

Marilyn Rippel Kresa, 86, formerly of Western Springs, Hinsdale and Oak Brook, IL passed away on Feb. 26, 2013.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Donald Eichler (d. 1977), John “Jack” Stout (d. 1989), brother Bradley (Patricia) Rippel and devoted son, Grant Eichler.  She is survived by her sons Kent Eichler (the late Mary Beth) of Chicago, IL, and Douglas Eichler of Boulder, CO, daughter Dr. Mary (Joseph) Tyree of Chicago, IL and grandchildren, Lindsay Eichler, Catherine Tyree, and Lauren Tyree.  Marilyn was born on February 12, 1927 in Oak Park, IL, to Frederick and Myrtle Rippel.  She attended Oak Park – River Forest High School and enrolled at MacMurray College at the age of 16.  While there, Marilyn developed a love for equestrian competition, which she passed down to her daughter Mary, and granddaughters Catherine and Lauren.

After graduating from college, Marilyn married Donald and together they raised their family in Western Springs, IL.  Widowed, Marilyn married Jack Stout in 1980 and moved to Hinsdale, IL where she became a longtime member of both the Hinsdale Golf Club and Hinsdale Garden Club.  Marilyn’s main treasure in life was her family.  She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Marilyn was a wonderful homemaker, an avid gardener and an exceptional seamstress who loved playing golf, tennis, and bridge.  She also had a great commitment to God and was both a member and volunteer at Christ Church of Oak Brook for over 30 years.  Marilyn will be remembered for her grace, style and love of God and family.  Throughout her life, Marilyn redefined the very definitions of integrity and character.

Funeral services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ Church of Oak Brook at 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523, by calling (630) 654-1882, or online at  To celebrate Marilyn’s life, please visit:    Arrangements made by Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.  Information 708-485-2000 or

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