In Memory of Marilyn Stewart


On Saturday evening, around 6:49 p.m. — about the time we finished singing “May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you” in our worship service, which she was listening to — Savior member Marilyn Stewart passed away, surrounded by her loving family.

Marilyn was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in October 2017. She is now face-to-face with Jesus Christ, receiving the goal of her entire life, for as the Bible says, “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”

Marilyn was a founding member of Church of the Savior in 2004, and she was a long-time staff member with her husband, Doug, leading spiritual formation. Marilyn also helped launch some of Savior’s most beloved traditions, such as the Epiphany Rosca and the Prayer & Picnic in the Park.

Marilyn will be remembered as a wife, mother, and grandmother; a spiritual mother, retreat leader, guide, director, counselor, prophet, truth-teller; and a person who welcomed and gathered and who became a second mother to many. I (Fr. Kevin) frequently meet people who tell me they would not be a Christian today, or would not be serving as a leader today, were it not for Marilyn.

The family will hold a visitation at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Road in Wheaton on Friday, December 7 from 4 - 8 pm.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 8th, at 1:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 715 N. Carlton Avenue in Wheaton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the ministry Marilyn served for many years, International Fellowship of Evangelical Students: IFES USA (PO Box 436, Platteville, WI 53818-9920).

Please pray for Marilyn’s family as they grieve: husband, Doug; daughters Elizabeth (and Jamie), Mary (and Angel), and Helen; and grandchildren Daniel, Mariana, Isabel, and Emma.