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Marilyn Phillippe

Marilyn Joyce Phillippe (Dallenbach)

Sunday, August 11th, 1935 - Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
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Obituary

A private family graveside service and interment for Marilyn Phillippe, 85, of Cottonwood, MN, will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Cottonwood.

Marilyn Joyce Phillippe was born on August 11, 1935, to Hugo and Frances (Ocharzk) Dallenbach, in Tracy, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. She grew up on farms in rural Walnut Grove, MN, and graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1953.

On March 23, 1953, Marilyn was united in marriage to Robert Phillippe at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Walnut Grove. To this union was born seven children: Michael, Patrick, Julie, Nancy, twins Jeffery and Kenneth, and Mary Jo.

Marilyn entered the work force full-time after being widowed at a young age. She worked at North Star Mutual Insurance Company while raising her family. She worked at North Star from 1977 until 1999. They provided a supportive environment where she developed many long term relationships. Marilyn played the role of a mother and father at a time when that was not common. Despite these struggles, she always provided a loving and warm home for her family and others. Marilyn never remarried after the death of her husband Robert in 1976, who was the love of her life: “I had already married the best, who could ask for more.” They had been married 24 years.

Marilyn had an incredibly strong faith and love for life. She could be found most times with a smile on her face and kind words, with enduring friendships from young to old, no matter what side of the railroad tracks. Marilyn enjoyed cooking, baking, embroidery, sewing, and watching the Minnesota Twins.

Marilyn died on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at her home in Cottonwood. She had reached the age of 85. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents Hugo and Frances Dallenbach, husband Robert Phillippe, son Kenneth, daughter Mary Jo Henle, grandson Adam Caron, brothers Jan and Richard Dallenbach, other relatives, and many friends. She is survived by her children Michael (significant other Donna Haskins) of Marshall, Patrick (Cerese) of Eden Prairie, Julie (Douglas) Caron of Madison, SD, Nancy (Phil) Phillippe-Swift of Cheyenne, WY, and Jeffery of Cottonwood. Grandchildren Jason (Julie) Phillippe, Logan and Carter; Connor Phillippe; Lauren Phillippe; Michelle (Christopher) (Caron) Uthe, William and Margaret; Alicia (Kelly) (Caron) Koch, Elsie, Arlo, and Oliver; Emily (Nate) (Caron) Anderson; Joshua (Jenn) Phillippe-Swift, Hayden; Jessica Phillippe-Swift; Spencer Henle; Mackenzie (Josh) (Henle) Hulbert; and Noah Henle. She is also survived by her brother David (Mary) Dallenbach, sister-in-law JoAnn Dallenbach, brother-in-law Eugene (Evonne) Phillippe, and son-in-law Michael Henle.
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    Location
    St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    COTTONWOOD, MN

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Annette (Doroinghaus) Nelson

Posted at 09:02pm
We are so very sad to hear of Marilyn's passing on Wed. My heart and love go out to your whole family. There are too many good times to mention. Mom and Marilyn were childhood friends, and Bob and your family were a part of our family. It was great fun growing up with your family. Marilyn will be sadly missed. She was like my other mom. I will miss our annual Christmas calls, so sad I was late with my call this year. God Bless all of you. All my love...Nettie
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The Fitterers

Posted at 10:42am
Our hearts reach out to the entire Phillippe family. Marilyn was a wonderful lady. Praying for peace for all of you in the days to come.
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Jodi Berning

Posted at 06:38pm
I just have so much to say, where to begin! Marilyn was like my second mom when I was small, we lived in the trailer court in Cottonwood across the road from her and she babysat us while our parents worked. This was in the early 1970's. We were great friends with the Philippe's, but lost touch once we left the area....but Marilyn, Bob, and the kids were always in my heart. Mary Jo was closest to me in age (we remained pen pals for awhile after we moved) , Jeffery after that (he was so fun to tease - Patrick taught us that ;- and Marilyn ALWAYS scolding that boy). I remember Nancy, Patrick, and Michael - but they were older and the "cool" kids. After I was married in 1987 - I moved to Luverne (from Alexandria) with my new husband. On my trips back to Alex I started to periodically stop in and see Marilyn. She was such a wonderful and amazing woman, you were all family to me in my younger years (we left Cottonwood when I was in the second grade). I think Bob passed shortly after we left the area. In my visits I heard about the loss of Mary Jo. I remember Bob, he was such a kind old bald man, sometimes a little scary - of course when your 6 or 7 years old EVERYONE was old and a little bit scary! Such a strange way I found out about Marilyn's passing as well. I moved back to Alexandria 22 years ago and my visits to your mom stopped....but Jenn Seesz (another neighborhood kid Marilyn babysat) had seen me in an article in our local paper (she now lives in Alexandria as well)...she stopped by my flower shop to order flowers, one conversation lead to another with how all our parents were friends. She mentioned to me she had just heard about your mom! It's such a small world sometimes, I felt it was a "God" thing that brought her to my store and share with me the news of your mother. And I definitely wanted you to know that even as a small child what an impact your mom made in my short "formative" years....she impacted me so much I wanted her to meet my husband years after she stopped being my care-giver, and catch up with her when I could. Nothing is of course the same there anymore- she used to be the only trailer house on the "other side of the road". And much like the Seesz kids, if our parents couldn't find us- they were always certain we were at the Phillippe's!! My deepest sympathy to your entire family. She was a special lady! Much love to you all!! Jodi (Rost) Berning
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Craig Norland

Posted at 05:37pm
My sincere sympathies to the family. Marilyn was such a nice person and a joy to be around. I enjoyed the many years we worked together at North Star and all the little conversations we had. She never complained about things and was quick with a smile. A truly special person.

Take care,
Craig

Donna Hankins

Posted at 12:58pm
My sympathy to the phillippe family !!!! I'm going to miss this AMAZING lady !!!
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