Flags at the Village of La Grange will be flown at half-staff for the next few days in remembrance of former village manager, Marlies Perthel.
Perthel, of Indian Head Park, passed away on Monday, Dec. 5.
A visitation will be held at , 1025 W. 55th St., Countryside, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. today. A funeral will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at Christ Church of Oak Brook.
Before coming to La Grange, Perthel was a former executive secretary for Spiegel & Co. and a former assistant clerk for the Village of Indian Head Park.
In La Grange, Perthel was a village employee for 19 years, beginning as director of building and zoning from '89-'93 and then as village manager from '93-'04. She served as village manager until she retired in 2004.
In a message posted on the Village of La Grange website, Village President Elizabeth Asperger said of Perthel that, “Her contributions to La Grange were numerous, guiding our community through a significant period of growth and redevelopment. Marlies led with a strength of purpose, thoughtful insight and a gentle hand. Her dedication to La Grange helped us become who we are today, and her contributions will long be remembered.”
Perthel was instrumental in the creation of the Village Triangle and the parking deck in La Grange. In her obituary published on Legacy.com, Perthel is remembered for making downtown La Grange a destination for the area.