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Marianne Griffin Osberg

September 29, 1952 — October 6, 2020

Marianne Griffin Osberg, 68, of Carbondale, Illinois, passed away at Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital in Germantown, Tennessee on October 6, 2020, ending a visit to her beloved son and his family.

Marianne was born September 29, 1952, in Centralia, Illinois, to Wesley and Shirley (Cole) Griffin. She lived in Patoka, Illinois, and graduated with the Patoka Class of 1970. She then moved to Carbondale and graduated SIU there in 1974. She married Dr. James A. Osberg, Jr. on April 2, 1977 in Carbondale. She worked at SIU-C and retired from there. Her courageous fight with metastatic breast cancer lasted over six years.

She is survived by her husband “Jim” of Carbondale; son James “Jay” Osberg III and wife Junko and their daughter Reagan of Collierville Tennessee, her God daughter Haley Doan of Marion, Illinois, her mother Shirley Griffin of Patoka and brother Kevin and wife Jaquelyn Griffin of Patoka.

She leaves a host of family and close friends who mourn her passing. She was preceded in death by her father, George Wesley Griffin; grandparents; aunts and uncles; and cousins.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Patoka, a member of the Isaac Hull Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution in Salem, Illinois, former president of the Jackson County Republican Women’s club, a supporter of multiple cancer awareness groups, and the proud former Den mother and Pack Leader of her son’s Cub Scout troop.

A memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Bald Knob Cross of Peace in Alto Pass. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.

Options In Lieu of Flowers

We have just built a beautiful memorial garden for mom on the south end of our home in Collierville, TN. Since the logistics of transporting flowers to/from the Cross is difficult, we thought it would be special to have each family that would like to, purchase a stone to be laid under mom’s memorial tree.

Click Here for Memorial Stone Link

Input these options when ordering for uniformity:

1. DESIGN - Custom Order

2. STONE SIZE - 5” Stone

3. Check box for ADD PERSONALIZATION - Include your Family Names followed by any message up to 100 characters total - specify a font of "Brushed Script” or “Altavista”. You can also add a heart, cross, or other art if desired by simply asking him in the same box you’ll add your message. The artist will send you back a proof prior to completing for your approval.

4. During checkout in “Your Cart”, you’ll have the option to “Add a shop coupon code”. Tap on the icon and input GROUPDISCOUNT21 for 20% off the purchase. (Each stone is approx. $45).

5. Please fill out the shipping address: 10344 Altona Cv, Collierville, TN 38017 - The artist will send the stones to us in batches as he finishes them.

Donations to any of the following, The Bald Knob Cross of Peace, Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation, or The Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN.

To order memorial trees in memory of Marianne Griffin Osberg, please visit our tree store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, April 24, 2021

9:00 - 10:00 am (Eastern time)

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Memorial Service

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Hope Section - The family requests that guests wear something pink to honor the memory of Marianne Griffin Osberg.

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