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Staff Report
5:00 am CDT June 8, 2019

Virgil Marsh, born Jan. 22, 1931, in Chesnee, S.C., died May 22 in his Wilmette home. The oldest son of Janie and Hedric Marsh, he is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Janet; daughter Birgitta Tambeaux (David); son Donald; grandsons Michael and Lars Tambeaux; loving brother Wayne (Cheryl); and many relatives. He was preceded in death by sister Janie Ruth Putnam and brothers Leonard (Joyce), Lamar (Jayne) and Jim. A memorial service will held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3637 Golf Road, Evanston. Service is at 2 p.m. Internment in Trinity Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donation to your favorite charity or Honor Flight Chicago, 9701 W. Higgins, Suite 310, Rosemont, IL 60018.

John Phillips

Wilmette native John Phillips, 80, died May 9, 2019 in Playa del Carman, Mexico.  A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 29 at Church of the Holy Comforter, 222 Kenilworth Ave, Kenilworth, Illinois, 60043.  

Phillips grew up in Wilmette and attended New Trier High School and went on to study Hotel and Restaurant Management at Michigan State University. After working his way up with the Palmer House, he found his way to Sheraton Hotels and became the International Sales Manager. Phillips returned to Wilmette to raise his family and was very active with the Wilmette Rotary and Church of the Holy Comforter, where he sang in the choir. In recent years, he spent most of his time living in Mexico, where he enjoyed a diverse ex-patriot community, warm weather and daily walks on the beach.  

He is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Mary Hedges Phillips: their three children, Dori Phillips and her husband Richard Hoska of Catonsville, MD, Marji Mick and her husband Randy of Aurora, CO and F. J. Phillips and his wife Carrie of Wilmette, along with his two grandson’s Everett and George. He was preceded in death by his parents Lewis and Dorothy Phillips.  Memorial donations can be made to The Church of the Holy Comforter Outreach Fund.

Dr. Arthur Riley Peterson M.D.

Dr. Arthur Riley Peterson M.D., 86 of Wilmette, died April 6. Beloved husband of Mari-Lyn for 60 years. Loving Father of Tom (Cyndee) Peterson, Martha Peterson, and Heather Peterson-Cook (James Cook). Generous Grandfather of Christine and Colleen Peterson, Haley and Caroline O’Connor and Tim Cook. Peterson was a graduate of McGill School of Medicine in Montreal, and did his residency at Presbyterian St. Luke’s in Chicago and the VA Hospital in Coral Gables, Fla. He was a long time staff member of Swedish Covenant and Evanston Hospitals. He was a board member of Norwood Crossing and Norwood Life care Foundation. A Celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. June 15 at Winnetka Covenant church located at 1200 Hibbard Rd, Wilmette, IL 60091. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Norwood Life Care Foundation, 6016-20 N. Nina Ave., Chicago, IL 60631 or at

Have someone’s life you’d like to honor? Email Michael Wojtychiw at with information about a loved one who was part of the Wilmette/Kenilworth community.