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Marilyn “Lynn” Elaine Heidbrier

Marilyn “Lynn” Elaine Heidbrier (nee Gilworth), daughter of the late Ruth Butler Gilworth, passed away after a short illness on July 2, 2021, just shy of her 91st birthday. Lynn helped many people throughout her life, and in that spirit of giving, she donated her body to St. Louis University Medical School in the hope that it would help others. 

Lynn was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 46 years, Edward William Heidbrier, Jr.  Lynn was the dear mother of the late Kathleen E. (David) Reardon, Paul E. Heidbrier, Edward W. (Carol) Heidbrier, Gregory S. (Karen) Heidbrier, Mary (Kevin) Brown, Richard K. (Roxana) Heidbrier, Susan L. (Michael) Gawlak, Elizabeth A. (Gerry) Dolan, Christine L. Heidbrier, Margaret R. (John) Hanssler, Martha D. (Joe) Lesinski, and Julie A. Heidbrier. She was the loving sister of the late Albert Gilworth, the late Suzanne Kortis, the late David Gilworth, Nancy Lamere, and Beverly (Ben) Schwartz.  Lynn was also preceded in death by one of her beloved granddaughters, Hannah Marie Mueller. She was our dear grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great-aunt, great-great-aunt, and friend to many. 

With such a large family, Lynn was destined to wear many hats. Her door was always open to anyone needing a warm meal, a kind word, or a place to stay. Beyond her role as wife, mother, and “step-in mother”, she was a friend, school volunteer, actress, La Machine demonstrator, chauffeur, mystery reader, theater lover, “army cook, and backgammon player too!” 

Lynn’s family appreciates all the wonderful care that she received from her various caregivers, with special thanks to Anna Behnke, Judy McCarthy, Tonya Armstrong, and Senija Kadic for going above and beyond in their care of her.

Service: Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 10:00 AM at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 7622 Sutherland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119. Celebration of Life to follow at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Louis Zoo or the American Lung Association.


  1. Julie Heidbrier on July 8, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    Such a beautiful and meaningful tribute to such a beautiful, wonderful, kind, loving and compassionate Mother! I’m so grateful and proud to be #12 and grateful for all of my Siblings who have made my life the Adventure that it is! Mom, I know that you’ll be in the most AMAZING COMPANY in Heaven and that you’ll be watching over us All until we meet again. I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK, TO THE UTMOST AND BEYOND!

  2. Dana mchugh on July 8, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    What time is memorial? Loved her!

  3. Betsy and Earl Slater on July 9, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Our condolences to the family. She was a lovely lady.

  4. Jana Whittle on July 9, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    An amazing woman, mother, and friend! So thankful I was welcomed into her home and her heart. Her legacy will live on in many. God bless you all.

  5. Gen (Cummiskey) Van Doren on July 10, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Mother to many is right! I spent so much time in their house growing up that I’m an honorary member. Everyone was welcome around the dining room table. Mrs. Heidbrier taught us the importance of family and embracing life. I am thinking of the extended Heidbrier family today.

  6. stacie on July 10, 2021 at 11:56 am

    What i loved so much about her was that she treated every person with the same loving kindness. What she became to you was up to you. 🙂 xoxo Love to each of you. I share in your heartbreak. xoxo Stacie

  7. Diane Bertani Kofron on July 28, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    To our dear, sweet Elizabeth and the entire Heidbrier family, we extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of such a wonderful and cherished lady who was so special. We pray that you find comfort and strength in her memories and the love she shared. With Love and God´s Blessings to all of you, Chuck and Diane Kofron

  8. Candiss Heidbrier on July 29, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Lynn was such a sweet woman. I’m going to miss her but I was blessed to know her.

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