Marilyn L. Lamker

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Marilyn Lois Lamker, 86, Monona, died Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, at Mercy One in Elkader. Marilyn was born Nov. 17, 1934, to Claude and Esther (Hochhaus) Fishel in Edgewood. She was baptized in 1935 at Hope Lutheran Church in Littleport, and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona. Marilyn attended country school and graduated from Monona High School in 1952.


Marilyn was united in marriage to Roger Henkes on Nov. 29, 1952. Two children were born to this union, Pam and Scott. On Nov. 13, 1999, Marilyn was united in marriage with Duane Lamker. 


Marilyn was an active member of her church, including teaching Sunday School and Bible School and participating in women’s groups. Marilyn loved to garden, spend time with family, cook, play cards and watch the birds and found joy in all the things life had to offer. Marilyn gave in death as she gave in life: by enhancing the lives of others through the generous gift of tissue donation. 


Surviving Marilyn are her children, Pam (Sid) Mills of North Liberty and Scott Henkes of Farmersburg; four grandchildren, Nick (Tasha) Henkes of Monona, Ashley Mills of North Liberty, Cody (Morgan) Henkes of Monona and Tara (Logan) Dumolien of Coggon; six great-grandchildren, Bentley, Mavrik and Colt Henkes (Cody’s), Bo and  Maxine  Henkes (Nick’s), and Lukas Mills (Ashley’s); several nieces and nephews, very special step-children and their families; sisters, Delores Wakeland of Hale, Mo., Rose Marie Knight of Strawberry Point and Patricia Zach of Prairie du Chien, Wis. 


Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Esther Fishel; husband, Duane Lamker, on Aug. 15, 2013; brother, Robert Fishel; two sisters, Roberta at birth and Dorothy Huinker; sister-in-law, Irene Fishel; brothers-in-law, Charles Wakeland, Dean Knight, Don Huinker and Robert Zach; and nieces, Crystal Mielke, Corrine Henkes, Collen Hunter and Debbie Wakeland.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the MFL Ambulance Service, St. Paul Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice. 


Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona. The Rev. Erika Lenth will be the officiant. Inurnment will follow in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Monona. 


Visitation will be held one hour before services at the church on Saturday, Oct. 23. 


Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona is in charge of arrangements.

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