Marylea Dumke

OTTAWA — Marylea Dumke, 83, of Ottawa, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 at her home.

Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Gladfelter Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Johnson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Marylea was born Dec. 9, 1928, in Marseilles, a daughter of Frank and Lena (Henderson) Cavanaugh. She married Robert Henry "Bob" Dumke on June 8, 1946, in Marseilles. He preceded her in death June 30, 2001.

Marylea is survived by three daughters, Twila (Tim) Yednock, Barbara Oslanzi and Katie (Jim) Troccoli, all of Ottawa; one son, Frank (Mary Knop) Dumke, of Galesburg; her grandchildren, Robert "Joe" (Tracie) Yednock, Lance (Deana) Yednock, Judd and Justin Dumke, Karin (Jamie) Kummer, James Oslanzi, Lenny Newell, Jenny (Chris Farrell) Troccoli and Krisy Troccoli; eight great-grandchildren, Tom and Ryan Yednock, William Kummer, C.J. Krause, Cameron and Lylah Dumke and Jaydin and Ashton Lundsford; a brother, Ed (Connie) Cavanaugh, of Marseilles; and one sister in-law, Marian Cavanaugh, of Ottawa.

She was preceded in death by a son, Christopher, at birth; her parents; and two brothers, Gene and Dale Cavanaugh.

Marylea was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was past president of the American Legion Auxiliary, a member of 40 and 8, and secretary-treasurer and trustee of the Ottawa Memorial Association. She also was a member of the Ottawa Garden Club, the Illinois Valley Skydivers Club, of which she made 16 parachute jumps, and honorary member and co-founder of the John Steele Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association.

With her husband, Marylea ran Dumke's Greenhouse and Florist for 40 years. They were especially proud of their tomato plants and geraniums.

Marylea was a cheerleader at Marseilles High School and was salutatorian of her graduating class of 1946. While in high school, she also was a magician's assistant. She was a graduate of the Cliff Mann School of Floral Design in Denver, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the 82nd Airborne Division John Steele Chapter.

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