Marrilyn Joyce Lunders was born Oct. 25, 1941, at Cherokee, the daughter of Edward and Lenore (Miller) Lunders. Marrilyn was baptized into the Catholic faith. As a young child, Marrilyn lived in the Cleghorn area and attended Mary Hill Catholic School. She graduated from Cleghorn High School. Marrilyn attended business school in Sioux City and upon completion of her studies, she went to work for John Hancock Insurance in Sioux City in 1961 until 1971.
Marrilyn was united in marriage to Edward Utesch Jr. on Nov. 29, 1969, at Cathedral of the Epiphany Catholic Church in Sioux City. Marrilyn and Ed have lived and farmed in Grant Township for nearly 40 years.
Marrilyn was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Struble. She had taught CCD classes for several years and also volunteered to maintain the Parish Hall. She also enjoyed planting and caring for flowers at the church. She had also volunteered at the Plymouth County Fair for several years. In the later years, Marrilyn and Ed enjoyed volunteering at the Plymouth County Historical Museum.
Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Edward Utesch Jr. of Le Mars; two children: Beth Robey and her husband Doug of Omaha, Neb., and Mark Utesch of Le Mars; eight brothers and sisters: Gerald Lunders and his wife Kathy of St. Louis, Mo., Beverly Montie and her husband Bill of Detroit, Mich., Dianne Honermann and her husband Al of Mankato, Minn., Connie Vaughn and her husband Paul of Seattle, Wash., Dale Lunders and his wife Pat of Cleghorn, Susan Burns of Detroit, Mich., David Lunders and his wife Suzanne of Kansas City, Mo., and Loren Lunders of Marcus; and several nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Marrilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Lenore (Miller) Lunders, and a brother, LeRoy Lunders.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday, Oct. 1) at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Struble with the Rev. Dan Greving officiating. Visitation was after 2 p.m. Sunday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with a 4 p.m. parish rosary and a 7 p.m. Scriptural wake service Sunday evening. Visitation continued Monday morning at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers were her nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.