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Marilyn B. Kelleher

Posted January 30, 2015 in Altoona, Des Moines West, Obituaries, West Des Moines
Marilyn B. Kelleher, 83, died Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Trinity Center Luther Park. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, January 31 at St. Joseph Catholic Church of which she was a member. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery.

Marilyn was born in Fort Totten, ND on July 29, 1931 to Lawrence and Edna (Nelson) Johnson and moved to Des Moines from Tama, IA in 1949. She completed a year at AIB and worked at the IRS, Northwest Fabrics, and as a nursing communications secretary for Mercy Hospital for eleven years. Marilyn was a member of the Dowling Club, Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary and the Rosary Confraternity.

Marilyn B. Kelleher

Marilyn B. Kelleher

Those left to cherish Marilyn’s memory include her husband of 52 years, Michael; three daughters, Karen Kelleher and Patricia (Jim) Jessen of Altoona and Marie (Mark) Pinkerton of Madison, WI; son, Louis (Kay) Kelleher of Des Moines; brother, Lawrence (Fran) Johnson of Shawano, WI; five grandchildren: Corey (Jamie) Kelleher, Michael (Lizzy) Kelleher, Christopher (Jessica) Jessen, Matthew Jessen, Katie Kelleher, and Joseph Pinkerton; two great grandchildren: Roman and Cora. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Patrick Kelleher; her parents and her sister, Shirley. Her family will always treasure the memory of her love and laughter.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, January 30 at Iles Funeral Homes – Grandview Park Chapel with a rosary at 5:30 and a vigil service at 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church.


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