Marilyn Frances Vonch

  • Born: August 13, 1940
  • Died: October 19, 2013
  • Location: Lockport, Illinois

Goodale Memorial Chapel

912 Hamilton St
P.O. Box 212
Lockport, IL 60441

Tel. (815) 838-1533

Tribute & Message From The Family


Age 73, of Lockport, passed away on Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at Rosewood Care Center of Joliet.

Marilyn is survived by her loving family, aunt, Laurel Liston, cousins, Linda Liston, M.D., Dianne Letson, numerous other cousins, God sister, Lina Sims and close friend, Judy Schroeder.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Elizabeth Vonch (Liston) and grandparents, Frederick & Mable Liston.

Marilyn was a long time member of St. Dennis Church in Lockport where she was a very active member of the Right to Life Ministry and the choir. She was a teacher in the Valley View School District for 32 years and was a proud member of the American Legion Band in Joliet.

Family will receive friends at Goodale Memorial Chapel, 912 S. Hamilton Street, Lockport, IL 60441 on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. Funeral, Thursday, October 24th, 2013 with prayers at the funeral home at 9:30 AM and then to St. Dennis Church, 1214 S. Hamilton Street, Lockport, IL 60441 for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM. Interment, Lockport City Cemetery, Lockport IL. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Dennis Church would be appreciated. For information, 815-838-1533 or


Condolence & Memory Journal

Ms Vonch cared about her students. She was a most talented and dedicated teacher. Marilyn made a significant difference in the lives of those she taught. She is missed!

Posted by Dominick Maino - Chicago, IL - Student   October 30, 2019

Miss Vonch. She was an excellent teacher amongst a group of excellent teachers at Lockport West High School. But she shined. I was in her speech class for 2 years. Her commitment to her students was unflinching. I know that here encouragement allowed me, an otherwise shy reserved student, to have enough confidence to come in 2nd place 2 years in a row at the regional speech competition. She was a drama coach to my sister, Linda. Linda was an aspiring actress. Miss Vonch said that Linda had the spark to be a professional actress. Miss Vonch was a very positive teacher. She was her students biggest cheerleader. All her students came to love and respect her.

Posted by Christopher Aquino - Silver City, NM - Friend   October 18, 2019

Wow! I don't even know where to begin to tell the ways that Marilyn (I think I might be old enough to call Miss Vonch by her first name) has impacted my life and the lives of my family.

I first met Marilyn in 1963 when she taught at the newly built LWHS. This must have been her first teaching gig because she was all of 23 when the school year began. I was a Freshman at this brand new High School.

I took a class called "Speech". I didn't know what was being taught in that class but I did know that my "speech" was less than stellar and I could possibly benefit from a class so named. The first class of the first day, in walks this radiantly beautiful vision of lovliness and grace. When she walked into that classroom my life shifted for the better.

There have been choices in my life that, in retrospect, seem inspired by a universal mind. Being a student of Marilyn's was such a choice. Thank you Marilyn for instilling confidence and since of worth to all of your students (including myself). Peace Be With You.

Posted by Christopher Aquino - Silver City, NM - Student   August 25, 2014

Ms. Vonch was a wonderful teacher who encouraged me to join the speech was the most fun ever! She definitely made a wonderful mark on the world thru her teaching career!

Posted by Amber (Bechtlofft) Mitchell    January 15, 2014

When my boss refused to give me the day off to attend an honor banquet for seniors, Ms. Vonch called her. I'd love to know what Ms. Vonch said because my boss was full of apologies. What a great lady. From one English teacher to another, thanks Ms. Vonch.

Posted by Kellie Doubek - IL   October 26, 2013

My thoughts and Prayers are with Ms. Vonch, she was one of my favorite teachers.

Posted by Johnny Smolik - New Lenox, IL - Student   October 24, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the family..great memories of a great teacher!

Posted by Jana Thompson - Denver, CO - Former student   October 23, 2013

I will always remember and appreciate knowing Ms. Vonch as an extraordinary person who had a gift of teaching. I had the pleasure of being one of her students at Romeoville High School in the 70's.
She was always so cheerful and took a special interest in her students.
Rest in peace. <

Posted by Susan Lasota - Romeoville, IL - former student   October 23, 2013

Teacher, Director of Speech, Drama and Department Chairman at RHS. She excelled at all of these positions. Her value system was solid, especially her dedication to the companionship and care for her mother. Her dedication to her students and staff was superior. Her impact on those mentioned is that of an excellent teacher. My sympathy to her family and close friends.

Dave Hennessey

Posted by David J. Hennessey - Joliet, IL - Teacherand friend at RHS- 1972-p   October 23, 2013

I am saddened by Marilyn's passing. She was a great teacher and taught me a lot about speech.

Posted by Jo Ann Mikan Murphy - Shorewood, IL - Past student of Marilyn, 1969   October 23, 2013

A great teacher and one of my favorites. She had confidence in me even when I didn't. She will be missed. Comdolences to her family. RIP Miss Vonch

Posted by Kathie Kieras - Bolingbrook, IL - former student   October 22, 2013


she was a great lady she took us on a trip to the city we had a good time

Posted by Michael Hernandez - sevenmile, OH   October 22, 2013

I will always remember her love for poetry an how she was the first one that made me write a poem. Now I am writing Sermons to try and inspire, comfort, and guide people with their journey with God. Thank you Miss Vonch for sharing your knowledge and love of our English language.

Posted by Susan Zarek - New Lenox, IL - student class of 1982   October 22, 2013

Marilyn and I were roommates in summer school at the University of Illinois. She was a bridesmaid at my wedding. We shared lots of good times. Marilyn was a very loving and caring person and a good friend. She touched many lives.

Posted by Carole MacMinn    October 22, 2013

A very caring educator who went the extra mile for her students. R.I.P. Ms. Vonch.

Posted by Thomas Rogers - Scottsdale, AZ - Former student LWHS Class of '71   October 21, 2013

Miss Vonch was my english teacher and speech coach. She was such a devoted teacher and such a nice person. She had a smile for everyone. She will be missed!

Posted by Lisa (Campbell) Wright - Richardson, TX - Former Student   October 21, 2013

One of the best teachers at RHS...always supportive, encouraging and positive. I know she influenced many students including myself. God bless. She will be missed.

Posted by Jerry Richards - Former Student   October 21, 2013


Mrs. Vonch is one of the best memories I have of RHS! She was my speech coach (State) and she was a terrific person too!!! I wish I could have embraced her back then ......but as a teenager I did not see the value she was ~ and she was!!!!!!

I am SO sorry for her family and close friends ...................

Posted by Wendy Mattison - Prospect Heights, IL - former student   October 21, 2013

Great teacher and a wonderful person just to talk to about anything.My thoughts and prayers sent to her family. David Stamm.Class of '82

Posted by David Stamm - San Antonio, TX   October 21, 2013


She always had a ready smile for her students.

Posted by mailee lao - San Bernardino, CA - RHS Student   October 21, 2013

What a devoted and dedicated teacher! She left an impact on a countless number of students. ♥

Posted by Tina Ziegler - romeoville, IL - student   October 21, 2013

"Auntie Marilyn" is an amazing woman. I have many fond memories of visiting her in the summer. We would always go into Chicago and it was with Aunt Marilyn that I got my big city cultural experiences. We went to amazing museums, musicals, restaurants and shopping. My first and forever favorite musical is Les Miserables that we saw together. She was an amazing caregiver to her mother. She will be missed.

Posted by Anne Gregg - Rockledge, FL - God Daughter   October 21, 2013

Where do I begin to put down in words a memory of this extraordinary influence this wonderfully bright light in my life. Miss Vonch (she will always be that to me) was my teacher from the time I was 14 until I graduated high school in the summer of 1966. There wet many friends and many acquaintances that shape a person's life, but parents an teachers are always the most influential. I was never a n orator. my speech patterns tend to be a bit slurred. In an effort to combat my impediments I took speech class and Miss Vonch became my teacher, my mentor and, dare I say, my friend. She was also very close to my sister, Linda.
Rather than mourn my friend's death, I will toast a life well lived. The world is a little less bright with her passing, but oh so much better for her having lived. Miss Vonch will be greatly missed by a great many people. And I am among them. Peace and Love, Sweet teacher

Posted by Christopher Aquino - Silver City, NM - Former Student   October 21, 2013

Marilyn was my summer school roommate at the University of Illinois and close friend. She was my daughter Anne's Godmother. We shared many good times together and went to Greece together. She is a very special person who is now in a better place. Her faith and loving nature will always be remembered. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Julianne Mallak - Indialantic, FL - Close friend   October 21, 2013

thank you for being a good role model for all of your students....

Posted by Jane Gombosi - Lockport, IL - former student   October 21, 2013

Wonderful teacher and such a nice lady. My sympathies.

Posted by Glenn Littrell: Class of '85 RHS - Romeoville, IL - Class of 85 RHS student   October 21, 2013

Miss Vonch was a rare breed of teacher - knowledgeable, astute, and a classy lady. They surely don't make them like her any more. Here is to one fine English teacher - may you rest in eternal peace.

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."

Posted by Valerie Barsevich - Tucson, AZ - Student   October 21, 2013

What an awesome teacher, especially enjoyed the trip abroad to Englad in 1977 - she was a great role model - my condolences to her family, may god bless you!

Posted by Lois (Kolb) Griffin - Milton, KY - Former Student class of 1978   October 21, 2013

Ms. Vonch was a wonderful teacher. She certainly would listen to you when you were having a problem with your school assignments and always helped out though she did make sure you were able to figure something out on your own. She will be missed. R.I.P and God Bless you.

Posted by Ron Serling - Plainfield, IL   October 21, 2013

rip miss vonch my sister and i both had you in english in freshman year plus you were a speech coach for me you will be missed.

Posted by allan - floral city, FL - former student   October 21, 2013

Miss Vonch was my homeroom teacher
'.62 to '65.
What a great person and teacher.

Posted by Jo Ann Woodward - Romeoville, IL - Class of 1965 Lockport West   October 21, 2013

Ms. Vounch was somewhat of a legend at Romeoville High School. She taught us all skills that we have used throughout our lives. She was knowledgeable, inspirational, and gave us all a desire to learn. I'm sure in her 32 years, she touched the lives of thousands of students and will live on in all our hearts and minds. Prayers for the family.

Posted by Kathy Lindstrom Shapiro - Braidwood, IL - Student   October 21, 2013

You were a funny and very nice lady, and I learned a lot from you. Rest in peace.

Posted by Penny Levit Ester - Castle Pines, CO   October 21, 2013

Class of 1977 @ RHS. One of the few teachers I have thought about. She affected many people with her positive energy and words.

Posted by Jeff Gunty    October 21, 2013

Miss Vonch will be greatly missed. I was in the class of 1969 and she was a great motivator for me. Made me do things I did not think were in me. God Bless You Miss Vonch.

Posted by Nancy Valentine Pavesich - Dousman, WI - Student   October 20, 2013