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Obituary: Marjorie Illig

October 05, 2010

Marjorie Ann Illig of La Cañada Flintridge, a former professional violinist who was active in her church and in charitable endeavors, died Oct. 1 at Glendale. She was 79.

Illig was founding chairman of the Sacred Heart Elementary School Development Board and chairman of the first Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy gala. She was honored as a Dame of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great and of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and as a Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

She was born May 23, 1931 in Santa Paula. As a passionate young violinist, she played with the Los Angeles Jr. Symphony, the L.A. Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra as first violinist. She also played professionally with studio orchestras.

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In 1955 she married Edward Illig, who survives her. She retired from her career as a musician to raise the couple's three daughters, Rita, Katherine and Michaela.

Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church in La Cañada, with Mass of Christian Burial planed for 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8 at the same church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Sacred Heart Elementary School Scholarship Fund, 2109 Sichel St., Los Angeles, CA 90031.

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