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A Celebration of Life for Marilyn Grout, 86, of Kalona will be held Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the Kalona United Methodist Church in Kalona with Pastor Gerry Kahler officiating. Burial will follow at the Sharon Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 30 from 4-8 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona. A memorial fund has been established for the Kalona Historical Village and the Kalona Public Library. Marilyn Grout died peacefully Thursday morning at her home, May 25, 2017.
Marilyn Jean Strickler was born October, 15 1930 in Kalona IA to Lovell and Grace Strickler. She graduated from Kalona High school in 1949. Following graduation she worked at Reif's Department Store. Marilyn met her future husband at the Kalona Roller Rink. Marilyn married Edwin Grout of Riverside IA on May 23, 1949 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. She lived on the Grout heritage family farm in rural Riverside for 51 years before moving to Kalona in 2000.
She was active in Eastern Star at Sharon Center and was a member of the Grout Church where she played the piano. She also played the organ for local horse shows. She drove bus for Mid Prairie. And she along with Ed owned Mr. Ed's for over 25 years. Marilyn and Ed were owners of Grout Helicopter. They enjoyed many fly in breakfasts on Sunday mornings with their plane. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing cards, and crossword puzzles. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought much joy in her life.
Marilyn worked hard all her life as a loving wife and mother raising six children. She is survived by her six children: Kathy Grout of Iowa City, Sandy (Jim) Gingerich of Wellman, Cherie (Daryl) Baker of Muscatine, Ron (Kathy) Grout of Grand Jct., CO., Rick Grout of Riverside and Becky (Bob) Ihrig of Riverside, 14 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren.
Preceding Marilyn in death was her husband Edwin in 1987, and her parents, Lovell and Grace Strickler.
So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. I remember her always being so pleasant at "Mr. Ed's"!! You all have our sincerest sympathies.Bob and Bonnie Baker
Bob and Bonnie Baker Jun 1 2017 12:00 AM
I worked for Marilyn at Mr. Ed's when I was in High School. She was a great, loving person with a wonderful smile. I'm so sorry for your loss!
Theresa (Swank) Fleskes Jun 1 2017 12:00 AM
Your mom was always so kind. I can't remember a time that I saw her when she wasn't smiling. I wish you all comfort and peace.
Ann McAndrew May 30 2017 12:00 AM
Bob & Becky - We are thinking about you and praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Wishing you peace and love.
Rob & Julie Altenhofen May 30 2017 12:00 AM
To all of you, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing, such a sweet lady, unless you got her mad then just the look in her eyes - whoa! She was the best boss I ever had. Always felt like family working at Mr Ed's! I'm sure you all will miss her but there's lots of memories.Take care, thinking of everyone!
Ronna Sojka May 30 2017 12:00 AM
May "the hearer of prayer" continue to strengthen your family during this most difficult time. (Proverbs 3:5,6) The days ahead will get easier, as those close to you provide the support & encouragement you need to stay strong. Share the memories you cherish, they will ease your sorrow & will always be a comfort to you. We hope that many cards, hugs, kind words, & loving prayers sustain your family.
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Michelle Sobaski May 30 2017 12:00 AM
Kathy, Rick and family. I was so sorry to hear of your moms passing. I don't believe I ever met her but knowing you two, she must have been a kind and sweet lady. I send you my condolences and pray for your families healing at this time. God Bless all of you...
Kathy Klein May 29 2017 12:00 AM
Kathy, Saw the note on your door.Didn't register with this dummy that it was your Mom.I am so sorry for your loss and share your pain.Stay strong for the rest of your family as I am sure they will look to you to be the rock that will anchor themin this time of sorrow.
Michael Black May 29 2017 12:00 AM
Kathy and family, My heartfelt love and sympathy goes out to you all in the loss of your mother. She may be gone but will be forever in your heart.May your love for her and the memories you made help you get through this difficult time.She is with the Lord smiling down on you all.Hugs to you Kathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathleen Sullivan May 29 2017 12:00 AM