Marilyn Gill, 78, of Waterloo, Iowa formerly of Hudson, Brandon, La Porte City and Reinbeck, Iowa, died Monday, December 28, 2009, at Manor Care Health Services. Funeral Service were held on Saturday, January 2, at 10:00 a.m. at the United Church of Christ, Reinbeck, Iowa with Pastor Joel Love officiating. Visitation was on Friday, January 1, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at French-Hand Funeral Home in Reinbeck. Burial followed the funeral service at Westview Cemetery in La Porte City, Iowa. To leave messages of condolences for the family please visit our website at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com
Marilyn G. "Karkosh" Gill was born March 12, 1931 at Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa. She was the daughter of James F. and Minerva Karkosh. She was raised on the family farm and graduated from Reinbeck High School. She then attended the University of Northern Iowa. Marilyn left college and married her husband James F. Gill on August 14, 1950 at St. Edwards Church in Waterloo, Iowa; and began her own family. She and James had two daughters Lani Jo and Leisa Ann. She worked as a dance, ballet, baton and aerobic instructor as well in her later life as a travel agent.
She was an expert baton twirler and teacher, and was inducted into the National Baton Twirling Hall of Fame. Marilyn loved traveling, especially the memorable trip to Europe she took with her daughter Lani Jo, and her granddaughters Shauna and Jordan. She loved to shop and enjoyed a beer and polka every now and then. Her family remembers her most defining strength was her enduring spirit, bottomless heart and everlasting love for her family as well as her pride in her families' history.
She is survived by her daughter Lani Jo "Gill" (Scott) Flesch of Libertyville, Ill.; granddaughters Shauna Danielle, and Jordan Brittany Flesch of Libertyville, Ill.; her grandogs Cosmo Topper VII and Kodiak. She is preceded in death by her parents James F. and Minerva Karkosh, her husband James F. Gill and her daughter Leisa Ann Gill.
Memorials may be directed to the United Church of Christ, Reinbeck, Iowa or Cedar Bend Humane Society 1166 West Airline Highway Waterloo, Iowa 50703-9634 or The American Heart Association 1035 N. Center Point Road, Hiawatha, Iowa 52233.