The Lord gained another angel as Marjorie Ann Illig died suddenly Friday evening, October 1, 2010, at Glendale Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Rita Knapp; grandson, Patrick Michael Liebelt and son-in-law, Robert Randall (Randy) Bush. She is survived by her devoted husband of fifty-five years, Edward Michael Illig; her three daughters, Rita Illig Liebelt, Katherine Schneider and Michaela Bush; her two sons-in-law, Klaus Liebelt and Charles Schneider; and her grandchildren, Adam, Megan and Anna Liebelt, John Schneider, and Dylan and Rachel Bush.
Marjorie was born May 23, 1931 in Santa Paula, CA to Rita and Edward Knapp as a fourth generation Californian. Raised on a chicken farm until moving to Los Angeles in 1941, Marjorie found her passion in the violin. She played with the Los Angeles Jr. Symphony, and professionally with the studio orchestras, Huston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra as a first violinist. Marjorie was the youngest person to enter under contract with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She met the love of her life, Edward Illig, in September 1953 and they married June 11, 1955. After fifteen years of professional violin playing, Marjorie retired to raise her three daughters: Rita, Katherine and Michaela, and to become active in her St. Bede Parish community.