Marilyn Cecilia Elenz

marilyn elenz
Marilyn Elenz, age 77, of New Hampton, IA passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at Lynn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton. Marilyn Cecilia Elenz was born on September 1, 1938 to Walter and Cecilia (Schupanitz) Mishak in Alta Vista, IA. She attended school at St. William’s School in Alta Vista, IA where she graduated from high school in 1956. Marilyn was united in marriage to Leo Elenz on May 1, 1957 at St. Bernard’s Church in Alta Vista. The couple made their home in North Washington, IA and later moved to New Hampton where they owned and operated the L-Kove Bar and Grill for several years. Leo and Marilyn moved to Cordes Junction, AZ where they built and operated the Cordes Junction Motel until 1995. They then retired and moved back to New Hampton where Marilyn has lived and worked ever since. She enjoyed baking, cooking, walking, exercising, reading, playing cards and games with family and friends, choir, community service of all types, travel and spending time with her family. She was a member of Holy Family Parish, Catholic Daughters of America, Rosary Society, Holy Family Choir, RCIA and the Birthday Club. Marilyn is survived by her children Lori (Roger) Deutsch of Prescott Valley, AZ, Jeff (Candace) Elenz of Waverly, IA, Tony (Nancy) Elenz of Eagan, MN, Lisa Elenz of Boise, ID, Keith (Karla) Elenz of New Hampton, IA, and Chris (Nancy) Elenz of Kempner, TX; 14 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sisters Dolores Felder of Alta Vista and Jeanne Hilsman of New Hampton; brother Gerald (Marilee) Mishak of New Hampton; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law Rita Cummings of Evansdale, IA, Rose Meirick of Jesup, IA, Margaret Faber of Algona, IA, Tillie Havlik of Elma, IA, Katie Schmit of New Hampton, and Alice Kintzle of Waterloo, IA; and brother-in-law Mike Elenz of Waterloo, IA. She is preceded in death by her parents Walter and Cecilia Mishak and her husband Leo on February 20, 2012.

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  1. Marilyn was a great person. I admired her , for her energy and zest for life. She always was very pleasant to visit with and would always help others whenever she could. She will be missed by many many people. May God bless her and your entire family. She will be forever in your hearts.

  2. Marilyn was a very likable person and she will be truly missed by all who new her. Jim and I miss seeing her every morning out at the CWC. Our sympathy to all of her family

  3. Marilyn was such a great role model for me . She always had time to listen,and would be there for anyone to help out in any way she could. God Bless Her-she will be missed.

  4. May Marilyn’s family know that she inspired all of us that knew her. She was always smiling and just seeing her walking with the ski poles was a great site. She and her family are in our thoughts and prayers. David and Jeanne Roder

  5. My heart goes out to all of Marilyn’s family. I have many special memories of Marilyn and the love she gave to so many. Her memories will always be with you and you will cherish all the times you were able to spend with her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, Lori, Jeff, Tony, Lisa, Keith, Chris and all of your families.

  6. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Marilyn’s family. Always enjoyed visiting with her . Treasure the memories !

  7. Regards to all of Marilyn’s family. We enjoyed visiting with her at the library. She was always had a positive outlook.

  8. To the family and extended families of Marilyn She was a Great Lady. I’m truly sorry for you’re lose. Let there be peace in you’re hearts knowing she’s in a better place and no more suffering She treated everyone like they were just part of the family all the time. She always wanted to feed you and make you comfortable whenever you were around her. She is now with her loved ones that have gone before probably trying to do the same for them. Watch that plate or it will be washed!
    Remember the good times and celebrate her life as she would want .
    You are in my thoughts and prayers .
    Barb Richter

  9. To the family of Marilyn, we want to extend our deepest sympathy. She was a beautiful, caring lady. We enjoyed having her for a neighbor. She always would smile and wave when she drove by, and when she was out for her walks, she would stop and visit. Keep memories you have close to your heart.

  10. To the Marilyn Elenz family: I am so deeply saddened and sorry for your loss; Marilyn was a great lady and will be missed! I have so many happy memories of her, especially our trip to Rome!

  11. My deepest sympathy to Marilyn’s family. She was a person who brought sunshine to many lives – as an active volunteer and caring friend, she was always helping others. It was a joy and an honor to know her! Marilyn often spoke with great pride about her wonderful family and her trip with you to Hawaii. She will be missed!

  12. Please accept our sincere condolences. May the words quoted from this song bring you a measure of comfort as it did for us.
    ”If a man or woman should die, can they live again?
    Hear the promise God has made:
    He will call; The dead will answer.
    They shall live at his command.
    For he will have a longing
    For the work of his own hand.
    So have faith, and do not wonder,
    For our God can make us stand.
    And we shall live forever,
    As the work of his own hand ”(Job 14:13-15)

  13. Dear Family of Marilyn Elenz,

    I want to express my sincere sympathy for the loss of your loved one.
    My own family has had one too many experiences in the death of our own loved ones in these recent years.
    You can be sure that comfort and hope are found in the pages of the Bible.
    In the bible book of John 5:28,29 we are promised that we will see our dear family again because the bible gives a definite hope of the future, God has promise that “death will be no more” at Revelation 21:4. I hope this message gives your family a measure of hope.
    Please keep the loving memories of your loved one close to your heart.

    Sincerely Mrs. Sandi Watkins

  14. I am so sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. She has been in my daily prayers. She was a wonderful lady and I always enjoyed her bright smile when she would come in to the library. She had a positive attitude, and she will be sorely missed. May the fond memories you share bring you comfort and peace. You are all in my prayers. In Christ’s Love, Judy Knoll.

  15. Lisa and family – our thoughts are with all of you. As Mallory says “Savor the memories and good times”. Tell the stories and her memory will bring smiles to each of you. And it’s through all of you, her greatest gift to all of us, that your Mother and Grandmother will be remembered.

    Patrick Hattaway and Mallory Smith

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