Marilyn Ann Kohler

Born in Dubuque, IA on January 26, 1951

Departed on October 30, 2017 and resided in Denver, CO

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All things must pass, a sunrise doesn’t last all morning. And, on October 30, 2017, Marilyn Ann Kohler of Denver, Colorado made her way, surrounded by her sons and soulmate.

There are places she remembered all her life, particularly her hometown of Dubuque, Iowa. Marilyn was born on January 26, 1951 and raised by her mother, Ethel Vera Kohler and grandparents Fannie Pearl Kohler (Ma) and William Bernard Kohler (Pa), who preceded her in death.

After high school, she left home for Cedar Falls, Iowa to study at The University of Northern Iowa. After a stint teaching children, she discovered a passion for teaching and training and her peers. Marilyn went on to enjoy a successful career in this with AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and Avaya where she quickly gained respect and responsibility, won several industry awards, and created lasting friendships.

Marilyn leaves behind two sons whom she was immensely proud of, Seth (Lindsey) and Ross (Lindsay) as well as three grandchildren, Everett, Zoey, and Jordan.

Of all her friends and lovers, there is no one compared with Charles E. Reeves. The two married on August 15, 1998 and shared a bond and mutual admiration for each other which proved to those around them that love is all you need. It was with Chuck that Marilyn spent her best years doing what she loved most, traveling and exploring the world. Together, they created memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

She was the girl with the sun in her eyes. The light Marilyn brought to this world will not soon be forgotten. Though we miss her words of wisdom, she taught us well to let it be.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held for Marilyn on November 18, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00pm at Rosemark at Mayfair Park, 833 Jersey Street, Denver, Colorado 80220. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in her name.

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  1. Marilyn was a very lovely woman, and we will never forget her.
    Love from Katy Meier and family

  2. Kimberly Workman :

    I will always remember that smile! Her smile literally lit up the room. May she Rest In Peace.

  3. Marilyn was an amazing person. She was quick with a smile and support and slow to judgement toward others. I remembered her with Grace and a joyful attitude. I don’t remember her ever not smiling.

  4. Marilyn was a sweet and gracious lady. Each encounter with her was pleasant and memorable because of her kind spirit. I am grateful that our paths crossed. My deepest sympathies and condolences to Chuck, Seth and Ross and their families. The Scriptures teach us that “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” May the Lord comfort all those who grieve her passing.

  5. Marilyn was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Her smile and positivity were infectious and there is no way I will ever forget how happy she made me feel. I’m blessed to have known her.
    Love and prayers from Jacob and Sarah

  6. Robert Johnson :

    Marilyn will be dearly missed. Always a smile, never a cross word, a real soft soul.
    You will be missed by many; rest in peace.
    Bob Johnson and family

  7. Barbara Weller :

    Marilyn’s life was an adventure filled with curiosity and fun.
    We had so many good times together. She was an amazing friend who I will miss greatly.
    My condolences to Chuck, Seth, Ross and your respective families. She loved you all so much.

  8. It’s so hard to imagine that Marilyn is not here with us anymore. Her spirit will continue to live in all our hearts. She was truly a very special person in my life and I will always have the wonderfully fun times we had singing, dancing and holding on to the joys of life.

  9. Marilyn was a gentle spirit with the most beautiful light in her eyes that could spark up a room. Her love for music was amazing. I will always cherish the times dancing to the Beatles with her and feeling her warm hugs! She was one that had a positive vibe and would bring anyone up from a bad day. She will always be remembered in hearts she touched. One beautiful woman that will carry on in everyone’s soul. “Here comes the sun” 🙂

  10. Jane Ray (Locklear formerly) :

    I worked with Marilyn for years at BellSouth. We were lunch buddies and shared our lives during a time when we both had our babies. It was a friendship that was important and true though we lost contact with each other through the years except through Facebook. I am truly sorry for her loss and will always miss her. She was a dear friend, a great mother and someone who impacted a lot of people in a positive way.

  11. I have been friends with Ross for a very long time, and Marilyn was always very kind and welcoming to me throughout the years. She did a great job raising both Ross and Seth, and I’m glad to have known her. She was always a positive and warm presence, and I will always have great memories of her.

  12. MAK,
    You’ll be truly missed. Our time in the Briefing Center will never be forgotten. Your absence leaves a void in all that knew you.

  13. Marilyn was one great person. She was full of love and light. She always put a smile on my face and even though she isn’t physically here, she will always be with me.

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