CEDAR FALLS — Marilyn Jean (Thode) Schaefer, 82, of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, Jan. 12, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-St Marys Campus of Rochester, Minn.
She was born Nov. 5, 1937, in Cedar Falls, daughter of Einer and Marian (Corfe) Thode. She was married to Donald P. Schaefer on Jan. 4, 1960, at St. John’s Catholic Church of Waterloo, and he preceded her in death in 1979.
Marilyn graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1956 and attended American Institute of Business in Des Moines. She worked for Rath Packing in their business operations, dispensed samples in grocery stores, provided day care out of her home and then worked for Control-O-Fax for 26 years in the collections department until her retirement in 2006.
Survived by: her children, Michelle (Mark) Albert of Waterloo, Michon (David) Weeks of Northfield, Minn., and Mark (Debra) Schaefer of Oconomowoc, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Isaac (Jill Suurmeyer) Weeks, Peter (Elizabeth) Weeks, Christian (Mollie) Weeks, Rachel (Robin) Yim, Ross Albert, Emma Schaefer and Elleri Schaefer; a great-granddaughter, Samantha, with another great-grandchild on the way; and many other family members and friends.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; her brother, Frederick Thode; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in law.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Larsen Chapel at Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cedar Falls, with burial at St. Mary of Mount Carmel in Eagle Center. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, Cedar Falls, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.
Memorials: may be directed to Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Museum of Danish America of Elk Horn.
Marilyn was an independent woman who traveled, with a passion for gardening. She enjoyed baking, candy making, ceramics and sewing. She loved Cedar Falls from Sturgis Falls Days to volunteering at Gallagher Bluedorn. Marilyn cherished luncheon outings with friends from high school, and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.