Marilyn A. Ledvina

Marilyn A. Ledvina

Marilyn A. Ledvina


Marilyn A. Ledvina, 90, Elberon, Iowa, passed away Jan. 4, 2023, at the home of her granddaughter, Amy, surrounded by her family.

Marilyn was born March 1, 1932, to Fred and Mary (Silhanek) Cernin in rural Elberon. She graduated from Tama High School, class of 1950. Following school, she worked as a secretary for a law firm and at the grocery store in Elberon until her marriage. On Jan. 15, 1957, Marilyn married Melvin Ledvina at Holy Trinity Church in rural Vining, Iowa. Together they farmed in Tama County and loved going to dances throughout their 52-year marriage.

She enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking and gardening. She was devoted in her faith as a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vining and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chelsea and was an active member of the CSA Hall in Vining for many years.

Marilyn is survived by her children, Janice Ledvina of Elberon, Mike (Connie) Ledvina of Toledo, John (Barb) Ledvina of Ankeny and Dave (Denise) Ledvina of Johnston; six grandchildren, Matt (Kristin) Ledvina, Molly (Andrew) Pendleton, Ben Ledvina, Amy (Derek) Townsend, Adam Ledvina and Travis (Heather) Tams; 11 great-grandchildren, Haven, Lucy, Judah, Davis, John, Eleanor, Cohen, Ava, Carter, Colby and Carly; brother, Fred (Julie) Cernin of Cedar Rapids; and sisters-in-law, Shirley Cernin of Elberon, Martha Plucar of Keystone and Marcella Vranek of Des Moines.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin, 2009; great-granddaughter, Micaela Townsend; and brother, Dick Cernin.

Service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chelsea, with Fr. Michael McAndrew and Deacon Joe Behounek officiating. Burial will take place at National Cemetery in Vining.

Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at Hrabak-Neuhaus Funeral Service, Belle Plaine. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

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