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Marilynn Jean Berlon, of Buford, Georgia, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends on December 18, 2022.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 10, 1938, to Joseph and Helen Evanko, Lynn was preceded in death by her parents, infant sister, Judy, and brothers-in-law Hank Berlon and Louis Pecek.
Lynn leaves her beloved husband of 63 years, Robert (Bob) Berlon; children Kevin Berlon (Mary jo); R. Scott Berlon (Amanda); Susan Beers (Randy); Karen Loyd (Dave); David Berlon (Ann Berlon); Sharon Sills (Jim); Jim Berlon (Lisa); John Berlon (Lila); Susan Koziol; grandchildren Renee Berlon; Allyson (Dave) Richer; Anna Berlon; Zachary (Amanda) Berlon; Caleb Berlon; Emily Beers; Maria (Bobby) Ryan; Kerri Loyd; Joshua (Alicia) Loyd; Nathan (Alexa) Sills; Jessica Sills; Jacob Sills; Matthew (Dakota) Berlon; Claire Berlon; Joseph Berlon; great-grandchildren Noah Richer and Myles Richer; sisters-in-law Mary Ann Pecek and Cheryl Berlon, and a host of Bugos cousins. She also leaves behind a network of friends including her Anam Cara (soul friend) Mike Coughlin and his family, the Laubenthal family and others from the Dillon State Park summer vacations, and members of their Emmaus community.
Lynn graduated from Lourdes Academy in Cleveland, OH, but it was in Kindergarten at Incarnate Word Academy that she legendarily crossed paths with the eventual love of her life, Bob. Lynn’s advocacy for those marginalized by society intensified in the late 1970s as she and Bob opened their home to form a Faith and Light community which embraces those adults with developmental disabilities and their families and friends by fostering friendship, prayer, celebration, and sharing. From that connection, and with the support of the University of Dayton’s Office of Ministry and Religious Education Services (MORES) and their FACES clown ministry club, Lynn formed a mime troupe of adults with developmental disabilities to perform an award-winning short-stage adaptation of Shel Silverstein’s popular children’s book, The Giving Tree. She believed in living in the NOW, and that we are all lovable and capable. Known for her baked goods and willingness to attempt new recipes, Lynn and Bob briefly turned their skills into a holiday catering business for several years.
Interment will be private, but a celebration of life will be planned for the Spring. The Berlon family extends much gratitude to Dr. Jordan Duhon & Dr. Madhurima Adulla and all staff at Northside Hospital Gwinnett for their compassion and kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lynn’s name to L’Arche Atlanta, PO Box 2359, Decatur, GA 30031.