Welcome to Marissa ~ The One and Only
Looking for a place to stay, eat or shop? Click here for a listing of the facilities available in Marissa. We have the unique distinction of being the only town in the United States named Marissa.
Located in southeastern St. Clair County, Illinois, Marissa is just three miles from the new World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Randolph County. Visitors are invited to experience our hometown friendliness while shopping, dining or staying in Marissa.
2016 Marissa MVP
Marissa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Stanley Lewis as the recipient of the 2016 Marissa's Valuable Person Award. Stan was born and raised in Marissa and has raised his family in Marissa. He has given back to the village throughout his lifetime. He began working for family-owned Lewis Hardware when he was 12 years old and worked at Peabody Coal Company for most of his career. Stan also served as Fire Chief of Lake of Egypt Fire District for 8 years after his retirement. Mr. Lewis also served our country for six years by serving in the Marines Reserve.
Stan has been a volunteer firefighter for the Village of Marissa for 44 years and spent 22 years as the Fire Chief. He is still a Captain with the department and currently co-sponsors the Firefighters Youth Explorers Program. He studied fire science and also taught classes of firefighters throughout the state of Illinois. Stan also helped start the first volunteer EMT service for Marissa. Prior to 911 services, Mr. Lewis took emergency call at home and dispatched the fire department. In addition to his volunteer work with the Fire Department and EMT, Stan has served as a Cub Scout master, summer baseball coach, youth group leader and Sunday school teacher. Mr. Lewis has been a member of the Methodist Church for over 50 years, where he has served in a number of leadership roles on the Board of Trustees and the Financial Board.
Stan Lewis was nominated for the 2016 Marissa’s MVP by his family. One family member stated “He has been an excellent example to not only his children and grandchildren, but to many in the Marissa area. There has never been a time that dad did not answer the call of someone in need. He has been a wonderful Christian example, husband, father, grandpa, neighbor, teacher, friend, boss and community leader.”
Stan joins great company as Marissa’s MVP including: Elden Reuss, William A. Norton, Gary “Doc” Benedict, Lee Schulte and Debbie Smith.