Marilyn Gardner, Evanston ham radio leader


Funeral services for Marilyn Gardner, 73, founder and president of the Evanston Amateur Radio Community, will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1334 Wesley Ave.

Gardner, who was also choir director at the church, died last Tuesday. She was an active member of several ham radio groups in the area, including the North Shore Radio Club and the Metro Amateur Radio Club.

She was one of the original founders of the Evanston group, whose mission is to assist the City of Evanston with emergency communications in the event of a local disaster, and her call letters, W9LUO, are readily recognized by hams throughout the Chicago area.

She regularly volunteered as a participant with the group of hams who provided communications support for the annual Century Bike Ride of the Evanston Bicycle Club.

A native of Washington, D.C., Gardner graduated from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in geography and from Valparaiso University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in geography, theology, and English.


Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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