FREDERICKTOWN — Marilyn J. Klapproth, 87, of Fredericktown, passed away Nov. 16, 2019. She was born Nov. 12, 1932, in Springfield, to Fred and Mary (French) Gerhardt. She was married June 27, 1958, to Richard A. Klapproth in Springfield. They were married for 46 years.

Marilyn worked for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a secretary for 7 1/2 years. Moving to Fredericktown in 1964, she worked for the Fredericktown Community Library for 17 years and continued to volunteer at the library for many years after.

She was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in Fredericktown, serving for many years as an elder and deacon. She was an officer and treasurer for the Presbyterian Women’s group. Marilyn volunteered as a 4-H Leader and enjoyed reading and had been a member of Readers Review Book Club.

Surviving are her two daughters; Kristi Kepler and Karen (Mike) Mazzei; five beloved grandchildren, Derek and JD (Ally) Kepler and Jon, Alyssa and Mitch Mazzei; a great grandson, Peyton Mazzei; and a great-granddaughter, Marin Kepler; two brothers, Bob (Fran) Gerhardt, Don (Barb) Gerhardt; a sister, Janet (Roger) Roth; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dick Dec. 31, 2004; parents Fred and Mary Gerhardt; and a nephew, Stuart Roth.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, beginning at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Fredericktown, 17 S. Main Street, Fredericktown, where friends may call from noon until the time of service. Rev. Christine Burns will be officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church.

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The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Marilyn J. Klapproth.


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