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Marilyn Grote
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“Denny and family,we are thinking of you at is difficult time...our condolences to you ”
1 of 27 | Posted by: lanette malone - Dunlap, IA

“Dear Denny and family,You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss. Deb ”
2 of 27 | Posted by: Deb (Shumate) Benefield - Roland, IA

“My condolences to you Denny and your entire family. Mine, or no one else's words can take away the pain and suffering from the loss of a soul-mate. ...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Gale Rockwell - Astoria, OR

“To the many whose lives were touched by Marilyn:"It takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, and a day to love them, but...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Doug Stockstad - Concord, MA

“Mike and Mary as well as all of the family:I have fond memories coming to your parent's house growing up and we hung out with Marilyn and Mary. ...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Lynne Kaufman-Carroll - Avoca, IA

“Denny and Family...You are in our thoughts and prayers.I always remember her smile and being a great mom. Take care...and God Bless. Cousin Rita and...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Rita Purkapile (Hoffmann) - NE

“So sorry for your loss our prayers go out to your familyLyle and Tammy Bramley ”
7 of 27 | Posted by: Tammy Bramley - Ute, IA - Friend

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Denny and the Grote Family. ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Randy Hunter - Lutz, FL

“Denny and family, it is with deep sympathy as you go through the loss of Marilyn.She was aleays so nice to Mom. ”
9 of 27 | Posted by: Connie Leaders.Jetter - Ankeny, IA

“The Harlan Iowa Class of 1973 and the Dunlap community have lost another great person! I'm very sorry the hear of Marilyn's passing. May she rest in...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Marty Huebner - Omaha, NE

“Growing up, I always visited with Marilyn when she walked around town, stopped in mom's store to visit, or at the salon. She was a very influential...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Jeff and Melissa (Wendt) Boettger - IA

“God Bless your family... ”
12 of 27 | Posted by: Connie Jetter - Friend, IA

“The Community has lost a Great Person and a Dear Friend. Marilyn will be missed by many. She is a Real Trooper! Sam Cogdill ”
13 of 27 | Posted by: Sam Cogdill - Dunlap, IA - Friend

“Denny and family, Roy and I would like to express our deepest sympathies. May God grant you peace. ”
14 of 27 | Posted by: Diane Osborne - Council Bluffs, IA

“So sorry for your loss!!! Marilyn was such a wonderful person! I always enjoyed talking to her and seeing her! ”
15 of 27 | Posted by: Tiff Stessman-Riesenberg - IA

“Denny and family -Marilyn was a special lady who gave so much to so many. We all want to leave the world a better place than it was before us. She...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Dennis Houston - Parker, CO

“My deepest sympathy goes out to your family. I worked with Marilyn on music for several family funerals and she was always willing to help. Marilyn...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Jill Davie - Elkhorn, NE - Friend

“I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers. ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: Jacqueline Jenkins-Beam - Fremont, NE

“Sorry for your lose, Marilyn sent me the kindest note when I was diagnosed with cancer. She will be for ever missed. ”
19 of 27 | Posted by: Sandra Emswiler - Omaha, NE

“Denny, I am so sorry for your loss. I'm keeping you in my prayers. ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Donna Seda Nelson

“Marilyn was a gift. She touched our hearts and souls and our lives are better for having known her. She leaves us a legacy of family, music, and...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Linda Kepford - Logan, IA

“Denny and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Marilyn was a true fighter. She went to sleep and woke up with God. May God bless you all. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Byron Hartwig - Battle Creek, IA

“Marilyn will be sorely missed by so many people. she was such a giving lady, sharing her organizational skills so many years with the parish dinner,...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Joyce Cogdill - Dunlap, IA

“My heartfelt sympathy and love to Marilyn's family, and to all the aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Marilyn will be forever missed, forever...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Sue Leuschen - Houston, TX

“Prayers go out to this family on their time of loss. Marilyn we had some amazing memories now heaven has an angel and the piano is playing strong....Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Jackie Barry - dunlap - Friend

“Marilyn was always such a kind soul! She made the world a brighter place for all who knew her! ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: Shari Goetz morley - Friend

“Denny, I am so sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you. ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: Terry Frazier - Omaha, NE


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Marilyn Kay (Schomers) Grote was born May 29, 1955, to Cyril and Verena (Henscheid) Schomers in Harlan, Iowa. She was raised in Westphalia and attended school in Westphalia and graduated from Harlan High School in 1973. Marilyn then attended Hair by Stewarts in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Marilyn started working for The Hair Station and purchased the shop in the late 1970s. Marilyn married Denny Grote on June 14, 1980, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Westphalia. The couple lived, farmed and raised their three children west of Dunlap.

Marilyn was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She was an Altar Society member and was the church organist. Marilyn started playing the organ at St. Boniface at the age of 16 and continued to play at St. Patrick's. She played for many weddings and funerals. Marilyn enjoyed playing the piano, games and putting puzzles together. She loved cooking and baking. Marilyn was always willing to help anyone in need. She loved spending time with her family, friends and especially her grandson.

Marilyn died on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa at the age of 62 years, five months, and 28 days.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Richard and Phyllis (Kimmen) Grote, and her brother-in-law, John VonTersch. She is survived by her husband, Denny Grote of Dunlap, Iowa; three children, Thomas Grote of Waterloo, Iowa, Theresa and her husband Greg Amunson of Ute, Iowa, Timothy Grote and his special friend Jennifer Klindt of Dunlap, Iowa; grandson, Gavin Amunson; brother, Michael Schomers of Westphalia, Iowa; sister, Mary and her husband Jim Tomky of Amherst, Colorado; sisters-in-law, Diane VonTersch and Karla and Tom Assmann and many other relatives and friends.