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Anaheim, California: February 5, 2018:
Marilyn Patricia St. Paul passed away as the sun rose early Monday morning, February 5th, 2018 surrounded by her family at her bedside. She leaves behind her husband, Bob, three sons and three daughters.
Marilyn, was born in Woburn, Massachusetts on September 14, 1932. She attended grade school and high school at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Woburn, MA and graduated in 1950. She also attended Nursing School at Children’s Hospital in Boston and graduated President of her class in1953 receiving her RN license. Marilyn had also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from California State Dominguez Hills in 1992. During this time Marilyn worked devotedly as an obstetrics RN from 1956 at UCLA Hospital and then at Garden Park Hospital, Anaheim until 1978. Marilyn continued her RN services as supervisor of the nursing staff at Martin Luther Hospital, Anaheim, and later worked as a nursing educator.
After meeting her husband, Bob in 1952, the two married at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Woburn on May 8, 1954. Marianne, their first daughter was born in Woburn on February 5, 1955 at Choate Hospital. The little family drove across country to Los Angeles while Marilyn was pregnant with Nancy. Bob was employed at Hughes Aircraft Company near LAX and Marilyn at UCLA Hospital in obstetrics. In 1956, after Nancy was born, Marilyn and Bob found their way to Anaheim, and bought their first and only house (now with many added rooms), which is still the family’s home today. Since that move to Anaheim, Robert, Jr., Michael, Danny and Katie were added to the St. Paul family.
Marilyn ( Mal ) and Bob were one of the original founding members of St. Justin Martyr Church in 1958, (known as the Warehouse Gang). She was nominated and finally accepted the Catholic Women of the Year honor from St. Justin Martyr Church in 2006. (Fr. Joe Nettekoven, her then pastor, called Fr. Michael, Marilyn’s son, and said, “would you tell your mother to accept this honor, 3 times is the charm!) Marilyn reluctantly but graciously accepted this lovely honor. She was a worldwide traveler! Among her favorite places to visit include Italy, Ireland, Great Britain, France, Hawaii, Alaska, South America, their many vacations by car across country with her husband Bob and children, visiting their cousins, aunts and uncles and parents in Woburn, Massachusetts. She especially enjoyed her countless ocean cruises with her husband and amazing cruise partner, Bob.
As an avid reader, Marilyn loved novels by Frances Parkinson Keyes, Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, the Catholic Digest, Holy Scripture and the daily newspaper, every word! Her favorite thing was working and completing the crossword puzzles and would never ever cheat!
In her later years, Marilyn became very active in bereavement ministry, Eucharistic ministry to the sick and homebound at St. Justin Martyr Church and fed the hungry until she was no longer able to do so. As parents of a priest, Marilyn and Bob often found themselves going to Mass where their son, Fr. Michael was assigned; who is currently pastor at St. Polycarp Catholic Church and School, Stanton, Calif.
Marilyn was dedicated and devoted to God and her Catholic faith, to her beloved husband, Bob, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, friends, and her only sister, Elaine. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that you consider a donation in her name to either Boystown or to EWTN, (Catholic TV)