Marilyn R. Slater

January 26, 1934 - April 07, 2017

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Tuesday, April 11, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Wednesday, April 12, 1:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Marilyn Rose Slater, 83 of Kendallville died Friday, April 7, 2017, in her residence.

She was born January 26, 1934, in Kendallville to William and Cecile (Bloomfield) O’Dell.

On June 7, 1952, in Kendallville she married Jack W. Slater.

Mrs. Slater was co-owner of Slater Concrete Products in Kendallville along with her son, Jeff. The company was founded in 1923, by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lynn and Jessie Slater. Marilyn and her husband, Jack ran the business until his death.

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville.

Marilyn enjoyed sewing, knitting, quilting, travelling, and watching “Wheel of Fortune”. As an avid animal lover, she supported the Humane Society of Noble County. But, her favorite thing to do was working with the public as office manager at Slater’s Concrete Products. Marilyn will be remembered for showing empathy and reaching out to anyone needing help.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Ray Clark of Kendallville; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Dee Slater of Kendallville; a daughter-in-law, Julie Frymier of Columbus, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Joe (Kimberly) Schroeder, Laura Krist, Melissa Krist, Scott (Nicole) Krist, Erin (Bryan) Rudnick, Austin (Holly) Slater, and Jacob Slater; and four great-grandchildren, Jessica Schroeder, Samantha Schroeder, Jack Slater, and Jonah Slater.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack W. Slater on December 4, 1995; a son, Jonah Slater on September 4, 1998; a daughter, Jennifer Krist on February 18, 2008; a grandson, Michael Schroeder on December 8, 2014; three sisters, Donnabelle Brickley, Caroline Harmeyer, and Beverly Beaty; and two brothers, Charles O’Dell and William O’Dell.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 1 p.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Rev. Dr. Robert Shriner of St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ray Clark, Joe Schroeder, Austin Slater, Jacob Slater, Bryan Rudnick, and Terry Wagner.

Calling is Tuesday, April 11, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Humane Society of Noble County, 1305 Sherman Street, Kendallville, Indiana, 46755 or the Jonah Slater Scholarship Fund through the Noble County Community Foundation, 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, Indiana, 46767.

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Kelli Burrill
April 19th, 2017 9:15pm
San Francisco

I just read in the Kendallville News Sun of Marilyn's passing. I have fond memories of growing up and sharing the alley between Summitt and Oak Streets with the Slater family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as we honor and remember a wonderful woman, mother, good friend of my mom's (who would have been 99 years old tomorrow, April 20) and neighbor to so many. Kelli Fitzpatrick Burrill

Kurt Jones
April 14th, 2017 12:29am
Fort Wayne

Jeff, I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom, it was always nice to see and talk to her when I was at your business, she was a very sweet lady. Kurt (Aramark Uniforms)

Holly O'Neal
April 13th, 2017 11:04pm

So sorry to hear this. I did not know until this posting that she had passed. Loved her like my own mom and always looked forward to seeing her smiling face. I will miss her!!!!

Rex and Reba Bardsley
April 12th, 2017 12:47am

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family..God bless

Ann Helmkamp & Judith Bucolo
April 11th, 2017 8:31pm

Jeff & Dee- so sorry for your loss!!!!!

Kelly Walkup
April 11th, 2017 1:46pm

Jeff and Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was my biggest mentor as I was growing up and learning the business world. She was a wonderful lady and was greatly respected by everyone that I know who knew her. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Penny Myers
April 11th, 2017 11:55am

Cindy, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was such a lovely person. I always enjoyed being around her.

Ken Scott
April 11th, 2017 1:20am

Jeff, Sorry to hear about your mother.

Duane Hanes
April 10th, 2017 1:13am

Sorry to hear about Marilyn; passing. Always enjoyed talking to her at the plant. She will be missed.

Mary M. Harting
April 9th, 2017 8:01pm
Ft. Wayne, IN

Marilyn could write the loveliest notes with her cards. She had a great love for her dogs and fellow man alike. Jeff and Cindy you were so fortunate to have her as a mother, as well as, the rest of the family. God's blessings

Cathy Long
April 9th, 2017 2:53pm

Prayers to the family and friends. The Slaters were good friends of my Aunt and Uncle, Bob and Bobby Hile.

Douglas Soboslay
April 8th, 2017 11:13pm
Phoenix, AZ

Cindy and Jeff, My sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. She was such a wonderful neighbor and your family will always be close in my heart. May God bless you and your families. Douglas Soboslay

Dee and Bill Rathge
April 8th, 2017 6:54pm

My thoughts and prayers for the Slater family. I'm so sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing, what a great person and neighbor. We will miss her dearly. God's blessing to you, Dee and Bill