Marilyn Clare Apruzzese
Marilyn Clare Apruzzese
  • August 13, 1933 - December 11, 2017
  • Burbank, California

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Marilyn Clare (Dugan) Apruzzese was born on August 13, 1933 in Jerome, Arizona and passed away on December 11, 2017. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 42 years, Michael Apruzzese. She is survived by her sisters, Marge (Tom) Bentsen, of Puyallup, Washington, and Kathy (Joe) Bonzelet, of Ruidoso, New Mexico; nieces Kathy (Volante) Aitkens and Krystie (Bonzelet) Nettelman; nephews Tony Volante, Jerry Volante, Greg Lawson, and Tim Bonzelet; and many great nieces and nephews.

Marilyn was the first child born to Joe and Olga (Svob) Dugan. They lived in Clarkdale, Arizona where Marilyn soon became a big sister to Marge. She attended Kindergarten there and in 1939 they moved to Los Angeles, California where Joe became an apprentice electrician. Before long, the family made another move to San Pedro where they remained as Joe advanced in his trade, and Marilyn's youngest sister, Kathy, was born. While living in San Pedro, Marilyn attended 15th Street Elementary School, Richard Henry Dana Junior High School, and San Pedro High School. Taking after her uncles in Arizona, Marilyn learned to play the violin while in elementary school. During her years at Dana Junior High School, she and 12 other girls formed a club called "JUGS" (just us girls). This was a social club that enjoyed doing various activities together. They turned out to be life long friends and remain in touch. In Marilyn's Junior year of high school, the Dugan family moved to Montebello where she attended Montebello High School. Upon graduating she went to East Los Angeles Junior College.

After graduating, Marilyn found a job at the Sears & Roebuck Company. This afforded her the ability to buy one of the first Ford Mustangs that came out. Not long after, she met the love of her life, Michael Apruzzese, who also worked at Sears. They were married on July 3,1967 in Santa Barbara. They resided in Burbank where they lived next door to Mike's sister, Mary, and her family. While they did not have any children of their own, they were very involved with their large, extended family, and Mike's mother who lived with them.

Marilyn was a parishioner of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church where she and Mike ministered to the needs of their church community. Both were responsible for bringing in many new parishioners. For years Marilyn was a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. She also was responsible for ordering religious books, and pamphlets for the congregation. Marilyn loved to beautifully decorate the area where the items were displayed, attracting the attention of those coming into the church.

Marilyn was an avid Dodgers fan her entire life. During baseball season she always had the game on TV. This was an especially exciting season for her as her Dodgers made it to the World Series.

Marilyn and Mike enjoyed traveling both in the United States and abroad. Marilyn so loved the Blessed Mother, and on January 21, 1990 she had the opportunity to travel to Medjugorje where apparitions of the Virgin Mary had taken place. While there, she fell down a small rocky hill, scraping her hand badly. It was an open, bleeding wound. The following morning, when she woke up, Marilyn noticed the wound was completely healed, as though it were never there. While in Medjugorje, she took many photos. After returning home, she had the film developed. To her amazement some of the photos revealed a white, transparent image of the Blessed Mother. She made hundreds of copies to pass out to known and unknown people.

In addition to her involvement in the church, Marilyn participated in other civic activities. In August 1998 the Zonta Club for Women honored Marilyn as "Woman of the Year" for leadership qualities in civic and cultural awareness, religious activity, and education.

Marilyn was so devoted to family. All the family gatherings she and Mike had at her house will never be forgotten (nor will her delicious Cranberry Jello Salad). She loved to give away bottles of wine as a "thank you" to those who helped her. She adored her nephews and nieces, and their children. Both Marilyn and Mike had many Godchildren and sponsored a number of confirmation candidates. She loved all people she met, and had many close friends both near and far.

When you remember Marilyn, God's words, "Love thy neighbor as thy self"come to mind. She truly lived by these words. We will miss her kind and selfless spirit. May God hold her in his loving arms.