Marilyn Munsell McNitt, May 10, 1951 – October 22, 2013


MAA joins in expressing sorrow over the loss of colleague and friend, Bentley Historical Library archivist Marilyn McNitt.

Marilyn M. McNitt, 62, of Ann Arbor, Michigan passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital of Ann Arbor after an extended battle with acute myeloid leukemia. She was born on May 10, 1951, in Morenci, Michigan, the daughter of Dallas J. and Ruth Marie Louise (Weinmann) Munsell. She married William H. McNitt on May 6, 1978, in Hudson, Michigan and he survives.

She was a graduate of Hudson High School Class of 1969, earned a B.A. degree in History at Adrian College and two master’s degrees at the University of Michigan in History and Library Science. She worked for twenty-five years as an archivist at the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library, where she enjoyed working with researchers. She loved University of Michigan football, hockey and seeing theater productions by the UM Gilbert and Sullivan Society and at the Croswell Opera House. She was a loyal Adrian Bulldog and served on the Board of Directors for the Alumni Association. She was a member of the West Side United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor and was chair of the Commission on Archives and History of the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Marilyn is survived by her mother, Ruth Munsell of Hudson; her husband of 35 years, William McNitt of Ann Arbor; three daughters: Sarah McNitt (Jason Sprague) of Coralville, IA, Rebecca McNitt of Ann Arbor and Marie-Theres Niedermaier of Grosskarolinenfeld, Germany; her brother, John (Pam) Munsell of Grand Blanc; two nephews: Bentley Munsell (Emery Shriver) of Williamstown, MA and Ian Munsell of Grand Blanc; her niece, Andrea (Joseph) Huls of Grand Rapids; her great-niece, Brianna Huls of Grand Rapids and many friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Dallas on December 25, 2002.

Visitation for Marilyn will be Friday, October 25, at Muehlig Funeral Chapel (403 S. Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 26, at Eagle Funeral Home (415 W. Main St., Hudson, MI 49247) from noon until the time of service at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Fred Hatfield officiating. Interment will follow in Lime Creek Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Marilyn’s memory to the American Red Cross or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Shared from Eagle Funeral Home Obituaries,  The editors of MAA’s Open Entry newsletter are collecting reminiscences of and tributes to Marilyn for publication in the spring 2014 issue (email  We also encourage readers to sign the online guestbook at the Eagle Funeral Home website.


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