Marilyn Joy (Rissler) Peel, 87, of New Albany, entered into eternal rest on July 18, 2019. A vibrant woman who loved the Lord and her family, Marilyn graduated from New Albany High School in 1949 and Asbury College in 1953. She was the director/teacher of Sunnyhill Kindergarten in Floyds Knobs for 11 years and a part-time travel agent in Louisville. A long-standing member of Trinity United Methodist Church in New Albany, Marilyn gave generously of her time and talents in many volunteer capacities as a teacher, speaker, office worker, organizer of the Silver Creek soup kitchen and holiday/craft expo, as well as a leader for many United Methodist Women events, including the annual women’s retreat.
Marilyn loved to bake cookies and spearheaded countless bake sales for several entities. She also served as a tireless volunteer for the Floyd County Historical Society, The Padgett Museum, and the Vintage Fire Museum. Throughout her life, she was active in alumni and reunion events for her beloved New Albany High School and Asbury College.
An avid traveler, Marilyn’s journeys took her all over the U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska, the UK, Europe, the Caribbean, Egypt, Russia, and the Holy Land. She greatly enjoyed traveling, her craft projects, and spending time with her family.
The daughter of Herbert Rissler and Mary Cassie (Beeler) Rissler, Marilyn’s birth mother died when she was a toddler. She was raised by her father and stepmother, Bertha Rissler. Formerly married to Ward Peel of Jeffersonville, IN, Marilyn is survived by her two children, Steven Peel of New Albany, and JoAnn Durgin (Jim) of New Albany, three grandchildren: Sarah Durgin, Chelsea Newland (Matt), Matthew Durgin, and great-granddaughter, Amelia Newland.
Marilyn is predeceased in death by her sister, Dolores (“Dody”) Ellenberger. She is survived by her stepsister, Ann Eiler, of New Albany and stepbrother, Jim Thornton, of Louisville. Survivors also include nephews Terry Eiler (Lyntha), of Athens, OH, Jamie Eiler (Janice), of New Albany, Joe Eiler (Deb) of Winchester, MA, Matt Thornton (Fran), Andy Thornton, and Eric Thornton, all of Louisville, KY, and Jack Ellenberger (Jackie) of Albion, NY. She is also survived by nieces Diane Zoeller (Fuzzy) of Floyds Knobs, Sue Ratliffe (Kim) of Birmingham, AL, Susan Buckner of Caledonia, NY; Janis Slora of Graniteville, VT; and Becki LeRoy (Steve) of Hilton, NY, as well as numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation will be on Monday, July 22, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Naville & Seabrook Funeral Home, 1119 East Market Street in New Albany. Friends and family are welcome to gather at 10 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2796 Charlestown Road, New Albany, on Tuesday, July 23, followed by a celebration of life service at 11 a.m. with burial immediately following in Kraft Graceland Memorial Park, 2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany.
The family is thankful to the nurses and staff at Diversicare of Providence in New Albany and Kindred Hospice Care for their dedicated care of Marilyn. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Marilyn’s name to Kindred Hospice, 391 Quartermaster Court, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130.
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