Marilyn R. Kumsher
Marilyn Kumsher, 57 of Garner and formerly of Britt, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Marilyn Kumsher will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 139 3rd Street Southeast in Britt with Fr. Jim Dubert officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Britt.
Marilyn Rae Kumsher, the youngest of seven siblings, was born January 23, 1961 to Michael and Agnes (Ptacek) Kumsher in Britt.
Marilyn attended special education classes in the former Britt municipal building, before attending school at the Happy ARC school in Garner.
Marilyn made Britt her home until moving to Opportunity Village in 2007. Four years ago, she moved to a group home as part of One Vision (formerly Opportunity Village) in Garner.
Marilyn worked at the bakery and Longhorn Café in Garner, and later at various jobs at the center at Opportunity Village.
Marilyn enjoyed coloring, riding her three-wheel bike, and going shopping and out for lunch. She collected Care Bears and dolls, and hand sewed many of the clothes for her Barbie’s.
Marilyn was known to be compassionate, and non-judgmental. She loved to laugh and greeted everyone with a hug. She was innocent, but very strong-willed, loyal and protective. She served as a caretaker to several family members over the years.
Marilyn is survived by her sisters Charlene (Denny) Aukes of Ankeny, Jeri (Larry) Peterson of Corwith, Carolyn (Don) DeKruif of Britt and Judy (Jerry) Thompson of Crystal Lake; nieces and nephews Greg (Jennifer) Kumsher and children Tyler, Ryan and Megan, Janan (Rich) Basinger and children Dalton and Brynlee, Troy (Lori) Aukes and daughter Ashley, Travis Aukes and daughter Camry, Angela (Nick) Gordon and sons Justin, Jordan and Chance, Scott Peterson, Kelly Peterson and daughter Keira, Dan DeKruif, Kristi (Rob) Hust and sons Dean, Logan and Hudson, Tina (Brian) Holmes, Dallas (Angie) Francis and children Allison, Tyler, Collin and Nolan, Valerie (Brett) Pommeranz and children Jessi, Dustin, Sam and Jack, Reed Thompson and son Bryson, Shelise (Jeff) Hall, and Holly (Nic) Moore and sons Deegan and Easton; numerous cousins and other relatives, along with her family from Opportunity Village and the staff and her roommates at the group home.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, sister Darlene Francis, brother Ron Kumsher, sister-in-law Carolyn Kumsher and great nephew Wyatt.