Gilliland Howe Funeral Home

110 East North Street, Greensburg, IN


Marilyn M. Preston

March 3, 1943August 25, 2019
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Marilyn M. Preston, 76 of Greensburg, passed away on August 25, 2019 at her home. Marilyn was born on March 3, 1943 in Greensburg, the daughter of John and Helen Vanderpohl. She was a 1961 graduate of the Immaculate Conception Academy in Oldenburg. She worked at Delta Faucet for 23 years, KB Foods for 11 years and most recently at Crafts and Occasions. She enjoyed wood working and simply helping people in any way she could. Survivors include her two daughters – Bernadette (Dave) Dodson and Angie (Richard) Foster; two sons – John (Claudia) Preston, Jr. and Robert (Beth) Preston; two sisters – Dorothy (Charles) Land and Elizabeth Schroeder; one brother – Vernon Vanderpohl; seven grandchildren – Nathan (Brittany) Foster, Kurtis Zapfe, Nicole (Seth) Enneking, Kara Zapfe, Jacob Preston, Sarah Preston, John Carlos Preston and five great grandchildren – Libby Crawford, Easton Foster, Sofia Zapfe, Everett Foster, and Marli Salinas. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters – Evelyn Theising, Florine Owen and Esther Abbott; and five brothers – Irvin, Clifford, John, Gilbert and Donald Vanderpohl. A Rosary will be prayed at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 3:00 pm. A visitation for family and friends will follow at 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Father John Meyer will be officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bread of Life. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.


  • John Vanderpohl, Father (deceased)
  • Helen Vanderpohl, Mother (deceased)
  • John (Claudia) Preston Jr., Son
  • Angie (Richard) Foster, Daughter
  • Bernadette (Dave) Dodson, Daughter
  • Robert (Beth) Preston, Son
  • Esther Abbott, Sister (deceased)
  • Dorothy (Charles) Land, Sister
  • Elizabeth Schroeder, Sister
  • Evelyn Theising, Sister (deceased)
  • Florine Owens, Sister (deceased)
  • Gilbert Vanderpohl, Brother (deceased)
  • Vernon Vanderpohl, Brother
  • Donald (Izetta) Vanderpohl, Brother (deceased)
  • Irvin Vanderpohl, Brother (deceased)
  • Clifford Vanderpohl, Brother (deceased)
  • John Vanderpohl, Brother (deceased)

  • John Preston
  • Bob Preston
  • Seth Enneking
  • Nathan Foster
  • Kurtis Zapfe
  • Tim Schroeder


  • Rosary Tuesday, August 27, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 27, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, August 28, 2019


Marilyn M. Preston

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Tracey Bottoms

August 28, 2019

I will miss you my friend. Thank you for always being kind and friendly to me. My heart breaks for all of your family. You touched mine and Mark's lives in so many ways. I will cherish all my memories of you.

Maryanne Fehlinger

August 27, 2019

My dear Betsy. Thought of you and Marilyn many times. Was talking about Marilyn this past Friday with Helga Schwartz, one of her classmates and my Sister-in-law. I was a year behind them, but we had many good times at Good Ole ICA and the few times I went home with her for a week-end in 1961.
Will be praying and thinking of you all at this sad time.
Love and God Bless. Maryanne Fehlinger, Brookville, IN

Mandi Adams

August 27, 2019

My heart is so heavy. You look so beautiful. I could not have dreamed up a better neighbor and friend for the last 9 years. Also getting to share a job with you at Crafts & Occasions was one of the highlights of me and my sisters life’s! I am truly not sure if there was ever a more pure, compassionate, caring and giving soul. I have loved living next to ‘The Sisters’! You fought so hard. I will miss you calling me silly names, telling Craig thank you 200 times for the silliest little things he did, telling me to ‘get some shoes on, sis!’ and all of the sweet, quirky things about you! Thank you to you and Betty for so much more than you know. I love you, Marilyn!

Stephenie Paquette

August 27, 2019

So sorry to hear of the passing of my classmate Marilyn.....I am happy to say that she and I had a nice visit together on a beautiful fall day some years ago in Oldenburg. Rest in peace, Marilyn, and may your family be consoled.

John Preston

August 27, 2019


Thanks for everything you have done for us. I’ll make sure your grandson remembers you and the time you both shared together. We love you.

John & Claudia

Chris Jackson

August 26, 2019

Just wanted to say how proud to be a part of this huge family. I love how all my aunts and uncles have taken care of each other. So many behind the scenes acts of kindness from them. The age before social media, they didn’t do for others and expect accolades. I have countless memories of Aunt Marilyn.I loved her passion to preserve the history of the family. When as a child my family had needs that weren’t being met, they made sure we had what we needed. Words cannot express how grateful I am for them all. Aunt Marilyn you will be missed as all who have preceded you in the family. You would love the outpouring of love for you. Rest easy and I love you.

Nannette Tichenor

August 26, 2019

Marilyn was a fabulous person, I love watching giving her sister & brothers the what for in. You will be missed by alot of people my friend.

Joanne Stier

August 26, 2019

So Sorry Bernie & the family. I enjoyed working with her at K.B. You will be missed. RIP Sweet Angel