Marilyn Miller, age 84, of Marengo, Iowa, died Friday, March 25, 2016 at her home. Funeral Services: 10 A.M. Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Paul Moore officiating. Burial will be in Koszta Cemetery, rural Marengo. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, March 28, 2016, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to the Iowa County 4-H Foundation, Oaklawn Church of God, Unity Pointe Hospice or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Marilyn is survived by her husband Herbert; her children, David (Jacquie) Miller of Marengo, Susan (Mark) Fischer of Ankeny, Jim (Luanne) Miller of Ely, and Leane (Alan) Gustafson of Lakefield, MN; her grandchildren, Deanne (Dan) Mattox of Holton, KS, Dana (Michael) Cook of North Liberty, Daniel Miller, Marengo, Erika and Bradley Gustafson of Lakefield; Justin and Jacob Fischer of Ankeny, and great grandchildren, Evelyn Mattox of Holton, KS and Michael James Cook of North Liberty. Also surviving are a sister Lois Hamann of Keystone and a sister-in-law, Arlene Cronbaugh of Marengo.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, Cecil and Merle Cronbaugh and four in infancy, and four sisters, Norma Slaymaker, Doris Danskin, Evelyn Schmidt and Esther Fitzgibbon.
Marilyn Cronbaugh was born November 17, 1931 in rural Honey Creek Township, rural Marengo. She was the daughter of Clifford C. and Margery Hay Cronbaugh. Marilyn attended the Honey Creek #10 School and graduated from Marengo High School in 1950. Following graduation, she was employed with the Iowa County Extension Service. Marilyn and Herbert N. Miller were married February 17, 1952. He was serving in the U.S. Navy and the couple moved to San Diego, CA where she worked with Reynolds Metals Company. When Herbert was discharged from the service, the couple returned to Iowa and they made their livelihood in farming. Marilyn returned to employment with the Extension Service, retiring in December 1993. She continued to work as a volunteer of 4-H for 18 years. Marilyn served as a leader for 10 years, chair of the Iowa County 4-H Foundation for 10 years, and in 2002 was inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame.
Marilyn was a member of Oaklawn Church of God, rural Marengo.