Marilyn J. (Plinky) Bitzer 83, of Shelbyville, IL, passed away at 2:20 PM Monday Mar. 15, 2010 in her home.Plinky was born August 15, 1926 in Rockford, IL the daughter of C. Harold and Estelle Forsell Johnson.

She attended the University of Illinois where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority.It was there she met her husband Bob Bitzer and they were married on February 7, 1948.They moved to Shelbyville where she was a homemaker and a member of the Board of the Shelbyville Public Library for many years.

She and her husband, Bob, were part owners of the Lithia Springs Marina and for the past several years, Plinky loved to spend her summers on Lake Shelbyville on “F-dock” at Lithia Springs with her family, friends and her two cats.

Marilyn is survived by her children: Nancy Cruitt and husband Dave of Shelbyville, John Bitzer and wife Mary Ann of Collinsville, IL, Ann Kiley and husband Michael of Shelbyville, David Bitzer and wife Paula of Shelbyville, Donald Bitzer andwife Judy of Mt. Zion, IL; daughter-in-law Sarah Bitzer of Shelbyville; grandchildren: Julie Goebel and husband Todd, Laura Donneland husband Cory, Rachel Reed and husband Brandon, Jack Kiley, Dan Kiley and wife Anna, Katie Bitzer, Kelly Bitzer, Bobby Bitzer, Jason Bitzer, Libby Bitzer, Emily Bitzer and Doug Cruitt; eight great grandchildren.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband Robert, son James Robert Bitzer, parents, brother Burton ’Bud’ Johnson and sister Marjorie Pitchford.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday Mar. 18, 2010 in Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville.Rev. Kevin Ray will officiate.Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials can be made to the Shelbyville Public Library.On line condolences may be directed to the family at