Marilyn Jean Benesh

Marilyn Jean Benesh

Marilyn Jean Benesh


Marilyn Jean Benesh, 68, of Marion, Iowa, passed away on Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa. Family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. A Funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion, with Rev. David O’Connor officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Marilyn was born on Aug. 30, 1955, in Independence, Iowa, the daughter of Cyril Joseph and Lucille Barbara (Fischels) Hogan. She was a 1973 graduate of East Buchanan High School. On March 8, 1975, Marilyn was united in marriage to James “Jim” Craig Benesh in Winthrop, Iowa. She was employed for nearly 40 years, combined, between United Fire Insurance Company and Hastings Mutual Insurance Company, until her retirement in 2019. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Marilyn loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren, whom she would drop everything to take care of. She was the planner, peacemaker, and “the Rock” of the family, and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Marilyn is survived and lovingly remembered by her husband of 48 years, Jim Benesh; four children, Aaron Benesh (Tosha Decker) of Winthrop, Iowa, Eric Benesh of Marion, Brooke (Ben) Martens of Marion, and Sara (Ben) Nielsen of Urbandale, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Caitlin and Caden Benesh, Dylan, Hayden, and Collins Martens, and Layla and Rhett Nielsen; two brothers, Dave Hogan and Mike (Deb) Hogan, both of Winthrop; one sister, Rose Hansen, also of Winthrop; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leon and Nora Mae Benesh.

In lieu of flowers, the family has respectfully requested that any memorials be made to the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa.

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