In loving memory of

Marilyn Kerma Koenen
April 16, 1936 - April 27, 2019

Marilyn Kerma Koenen, 83, of Hampton, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton in Hampton, Iowa. She was born April 16, 1936, in Joice, Iowa to Kermit and Mildred (Reinsmoen) Anonson. She was baptized in Bethany Lutheran Church, in Joice, Iowa.

Marilyn graduated from Joice High School, then attended Waldorf College in Forest City and graduated from Iowa State Teacher College in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She was a teacher at CAL Community Schools, Chapin Schools, Alexander Schools, and St. Paul's Lutheran School in Latimer. Marilyn was united in marriage to Maynard C. Koenen in Joice, Iowa, on November 1, 1958.

Marilyn was a member of Zion Reformed Church, Zion RCW, mothers club, Zion couples club, Franklin County food pantry, and Hampton Senior Center. She enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge and spending time with her family and friends.

Marilyn is survived by her husband Maynard C. Koenen of Hampton, daughter Melody (Andy) Rowe of Wellman, daughter Marla (Mike) Earp of Ankeny, son Matthew (Chandler) Koenen of Grinnell, grandchildren Ben Malek, Jacob (Danielle) Earp, step-grandchildren Jessica (Jon) Ledinsky, Jacquelyn (Brian) Jones, Joseph (Marci) Earp, John Malek, Adam (Katie) Rowe, Amy (Nathan) Nicholson, seventeen step great-grandchildren.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents Kermit and Mildred Anonson and brother Keith Anonson.

Memorials can be given to the Marilyn Koenen Memorial Fund to be distributed between her favorite charities.


Kent Abbott wrote on Apr 30, 2019:

"What a sweet, lovely woman with a twinkle of mischief in her eye! Marilyn carried herself with dignity and grace, and I for one, will miss her meatloaf, her roast beef, and most of all her quiet strength. Condolences to the Koenen family."

Carol Sims wrote on Apr 30, 2019:

"Soooo many memories with Marilyn and this family. My vision of Marilyn will always be a glowing angel with a constant smile on her face. She never had a bad word to say about anything. Matt, I can still remember when those self propelled vacuums first came out and your mom got one. She had all those bruises on her shins from getting trapped between the sofa and the coffee table and the vacuum just kept coming at her!!! ? I want you all to feel my sincerest condolences and know I am praying for peace for all of you. Please know that beautiful angel will be in your hearts forever. I love you guys!!!! ???? "

Jacquie McTaggart wrote on Apr 29, 2019:

"Marilyn: A loving wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, friend, and warrior for Christ. May the memories associated with each of these callings carry you, her family, through this difficult time and in the years ahead."

Dixie Hansen wrote on Apr 29, 2019:

"I don't know Marilyn but I know her daughter- Melody Malek Rowe, as well as two of her grandchildren. Prayers for all who loved Marilyn during this time of grieving. "

Connis Dayton wrote on Apr 28, 2019:

"Everyone in Marilyn?s family has our deepest sympathy. She was a very special lady. Connis and John Dayton, Grinnell, IA"