Birthday Girl
Marilyn Nilles Van Vleet
  • 90 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 3, 1924
  • Place of birth:
    Evanston, Illinois, United States
  • Date of passing: May 19, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret — you return to the beauty you have always been.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Lynne Van Vleet, 90, born on October 3, 1924 and passed away on May 19, 2015. We will remember her forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Annette Alvarez on 3rd October 2016

"A Mother's Love is...
by Helen Steiner Rice
A Mother's love is something
that no on can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain

It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away

It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking

It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems

It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation

A many splendor miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God's tender guiding hand.

Remembering Lynne and thinking of all of you.
With love, Annette"

This tribute was added by Luke Waldo on 28th May 2015

"There are few people in the world who can unite such a rowdy bunch like ours.  Nana not only brought us together, but she made us make sense even when we didn't.  Outside of Christmas gatherings or long weekends at Silver Lake, we were disparate paths heading into distant worlds.  Before Nana's smile, at Nana's long dinner table, while opening gifts under Nana's sparkling Christmas tree, we were family.  We are family because Nana gave us that gift.  That first and most important gift.  I can only hope that we made good on that gift through lives lived with kindness, gratitude, and kringle.  We love and miss you!"

This tribute was added by Jack Nilles on 28th May 2015

"I had the good fortune to be the proving ground for a great mother-to-be. She started my (short-lived) acting career, introduced me to classical music and art, gave me wonderful advice, encouragement and a positive approach to the world. She then went on to do the same and more for friends and a loving family by including my wife Laila.

Words are a feeble means of expressing how deeply she impressed and motivated all those around her since she is an indescribable force of nature as well as a wonderful human being.

Long may her influence continue!"

This tribute was added by Carolyn Van Vleet on 27th May 2015

"I thought of you today,
but that is nothing new

I thought about you yesterday
and days before that too

I think of you in silence
I often speak your name

All I have are memories and
your pictures in a frame

Your memory's a keepsake
from which I'll never part

God now has you in His arms
I have you in my heart

I thank you for allowing me
to join your family

I pray now that you'll rest in peace
for all eternity"

This tribute was added by Annette Alvarez on 25th May 2015

"Throughout our lives our Dad and Mom encouraged us to do something kind for others and leave the world a better place. Mom would always light candles for people she loved.  Today I light a candle honoring the life and legacy of your Mom, grandmother, and friend.  Lynne was truly a renaissance woman, who loved deeply and lived elegantly.   I will always remember of her grace and style and love of tradition.   Her unconditional generosity and love for her family and grandchildren. She told me she loved to spoil the grandkids and loved watching them open their gifts on special occasions.  We talked about how much she loved all of you and was so proud of your accomplishments. I loved her smile and the way her eyes would light up when she would talk about all of you.  She never forgot to send me a card for my birthday.  She was so thoughtful. She was loving, caring and encouraged me to follow my dreams. I miss her and I'm grateful that I had the honor of knowing her and spending time with your family. Thank you for the memories.   She was a good friend. I loved her and I miss her very much."

This tribute was added by Bill Van Vleet on 25th May 2015

"From Julie Spieker ... Some of my fondest memories at the lake include fun activities with the box of amazing shoes she always brought for us girls when we were little. We were in high style as we walked off the dock into the lake for hours on end. She is in good hands and in good company, but my heart breaks for you."

This tribute was added by Lina Alvarez on 24th May 2015

"Mom:  One Child's Random Reflections

Provider of unconditional love from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs.

Exhibitor of exceptional pride in our accomplishments, particularly those that were far from exceptional.

Fierce protector, physically and emotionally.

Promoter of music, arts, travel and culture.

Athletic supporter (and encourager of strong sense of humor).

Confidence builder.

Enforcer of saucy attitudes, of which there were a few.

Provider of a life changing hug moments before boarding a plane for college.

Patron saint of the holidays, from President's Day to Christmas.

More classic stylist than fashionista -- always well presented.

Playful, physically and spiritually.

Faith advocate.

Genuinely interested in hearing every life detail and a great listener.

An exceptional friend and role model.

"She's my Mum"."

This tribute was added by Bill Van Vleet on 22nd May 2015

"We are always safe,
it's only change.
From the moment we are born
we are preparing to be embraced by the Light.
Once more...
position yourself for maximum Peace.

Angels surround you
and are guiding you each step of the way.
Whatever you choose will be perfect for you.
Everything will happen in
the perfect time-space sequence.
This is a time for joy
and for rejoicing.
You are on your way Home
as we all are.

                                    - Louise Hay"

This tribute was added by Bill Van Vleet on 22nd May 2015

"Beatitudes for the New Wilderness:

Blessed are those who attend to the inner solitude of their soul,
For they shall know God.

Blessed are those who confess their pain and brokenness,
For they shall take hold of their healing.

Blessed are those who connect to all things and refuse separation,
For they shall become one with God.

Blessed are those who wrestle with their own darkness,
For they shall touch again the light from which they came.

Blessed are those who wait upon God,
For they shall renew their strength and deepen their faith.

Blessed are those who give compassion to the world,
For they shall burst the bonds of suffering and death.

Blessed are those who realize they have been created by love for love,
For they shall live in love all the days of their lives.

Blessed are those who rejoice at all times and circumstances knowing that God is in everything with eternal joy,
Through them the seed of love will eternally be resown and they shall stand in the kingdom, awakening the universe with their smile.

                                                                                   - Rodney Romney"

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