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Marilyn R. Lamers

Marilyn R. Lamers

Marilyn Rassbach Lamers, 72, of Tainter Lake, in Dunn County, left us on August 11, 2021.

Marilyn was born on June 8th, 1949, to Tib and Marge (Nichols) Rassbach. She attended Menomonie High School and received her B.S. Degree from UW Stout in 1971. She met Dick Lamers while at Stout and they were married on Sept. 26, 1970. They began a great adventure while he served in the US Marine Corps.  The Marine Corps brought them to Hawaii, Japan, Newport, RI and Beaufort, SC.  Their son Sam was born in Beaufort and daughter Kate was born while living in Green Bay, WI. 

Marilyn loved the Rusk Prairie. Her fond memories included Bethel Baptist Church, taffy pulls, skating across the channel, high school and 4-H plays, square dances, and especially her loving and caring neighbors.

Early days in Menomonie, included working at Marshall’s A&W, John Russell Studios, and her two favorite jobs were at Tot N Teen with Eth and Terry, and working for Rassbach Realty with her dad. She was employed at Liberty House in Kailua, HI, has been an entrepreneur, art director, and retired from the State of WI as an educator spanning 22 years. 

She is survived by her husband Dick, son, Sam (Sherry) and granddaughters Abigail and Emma, daughter Kate.  Surviving family members include her sister Gerry Luepke, brother, Nick (Mary) Rassbach, Godchild & Niece Jill Pember and niece Ann Hasse; in-laws include, Corrine Lamers, Don Dehn, Grace Lamers, Judy Lamers, Ted (Fern) Lamers, Helen (Dave) Treleven and a long list of nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. 

Marilyn’s passion for gardening was something she enjoyed sharing with others.  She was a beautiful, energetic, caring, sweet, loving wife, mother and friend; she will be missed!  

The family would like to thank Mayo Cancer Staff and Hospice System for their love and support in the care that Marilyn received. 

In lieu of flowers memorials in Marilyn’s name may be made to:  Stepping Stones of Dunn County-http://www.steppingstonesdc.org/;  UW-Madison-Hospitals-UW Liver and Digestive Disease Center Fund, https://secure.supportuw.org/give/?id=72d4b83f-7477-431c-9c3f-5b381f650f71; Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-https://secure.pancan.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2681&mfc_pref=T&2681.donation=form1 

Visitation will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 PM Tuesday August 17, 2021 at Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, followed by a Memorial Service at 3:30 PM.

The service will be Livestreamed on the Rhiel Funeral Home Facebook Page at 3:30 PM Tuesday.

Private Burial services will be at the Cedar Falls Cemetery.


  1. Trudy Verbrick Zarling

    The more I looked at Marilyn's pictures in my Stout yearbook the more I remembered what a sweet person she is. As a believer, I know Marilyn is with the Lord free of the burdens of her journey on earth. I look forward to our reunion in Heaven.
    Trudy Verbrick Zarling

  2. Dianne Dregne Pedretti

    My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Marilyn was an Alpha Phi sister at Stout and always admired for her optimism and upbeat personality. The 2010 reunion hosted by Marilyn was such fun. May her memory be a blessing and may she rest in peace for a life well lived.

  3. Pam & Dick Rueckl

    You have our deepest sympathy.
    Marilyn was a very wonderful person -

  4. Richard Treleven

    Dear Lamers family,

    Just checking from an airport to say I already miss her also even though we live far away.Hope you and your family can heal from this extremely tough loss.Love you all !

  5. Kathleen Brincefield (KB)

    So sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing, I hope it was peaceful. She always had a wonderful laugh. I remember taking late night drives to the local restaurant in Menomonie to get a fried onion and egg sandwich.

  6. Debra Hasse

    We are so very sorry for this sad news. Please know we are thinking of you and your family and may memories help get you through this difficult time.

  7. Dave and Deb Lamers

    We are so sorry. She was such a nice person. She will be missed by many. Sending our love and prayers.

  8. Scott Buss

    Sam and family,
    We are saddened to hear the news about your mother. We have you in our thoughts and prayers and hope you find comfort and strength from your friends and loved ones.

    The Buss family

  9. Sue Smith Jacobsob

    Please accept my sincere sympathy in Marilyns passing. She was a 1971 classmate and Alpha Phi sister. I so enjoyed the reunion we had at your lovely home in 2010. I am so sorry.

  10. Lynn Harvey

    A life well lived but gone too soon. Her memory and gentle spirit as a wife, mother, and grandmother will remain with all whenever you look at the beautiful gardens at home. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Lynn and Steve Harvey

  11. JB Espie

    Dick, So sorry to hear about the passing of your wife. I hope that all of your wonderful memories help you through this horrible time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    JB and the Mighty Docs family

  12. Phil & Chris Voll Chernin

    Dick…I was just shocked at Marilyn’s death. I will always cherish your love & gracious hospitality when my mother died. Sending you and the family our love and prayers.

  13. Karen Howe

    Dick and Family,
    My deepest sympathies to you. I will forever cherish Marilyn's friendship. We met while were were students and Alpha Phi "sisters" while at Stout and had such good times cheering on the Blue Devils! My last conversation in June was about "old" times and special friends. She definitely was one of mine.

  14. Lonnee Anderson Dickson

    My heartfelt prayers for Marilyn and here’s family. I enjoyed visiting with Dick and Marrilyn I the past I’ll miss my Alpha Phi sister from Stout. My love. Lonnee

  15. Scott and Sherrie Whyte Anderson

    I will miss my Alpha Phi sister - a gentle soul gone too soon.
    with sincere sympathy

    Sherrie Whyte Anderson

  16. Jim Tripp

    My condolences to the family of Marilyn Lamers on the loss of your loved one.

  17. Tom and Jean Burns

    Dick ~ A piece of my heart broke today after reading your email and I went on to read the obituary. Her smile on her photo made me remember her playful and caring persona. She was one special lady and our sincere sympathy to you & your family. Fondly~ Tom and Jean

  18. Tim Mathews

    Dick, I am very sorry to hear of your wife's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  19. Tina Lee

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Dick. Marilyn was such a light to the world and I know she will be missed by many.

  20. Cheryl and Greg Miller

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Marilyn. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to you and your family.

  21. Carol Springer

    I am so very very sorry. Marilyn was one of those bright lights in life. She truly sparkled. My thoughts are with you today and always.

  22. Mike & Schotzie Armstrong

    Very sorry for your loss. Hold on to the wonderful memories you have. Keep her spirit alive in the beautiful garden.

  23. Kitz Cleary & Joe Kerr

    Marilyn lit a spark in all who knew her. She was a hometown girl who returned to the area after a career of service and teaching. Once here, she served on the TMLIA when Dick organized a group to clean up Lake Tainter. She was instrumental in bringing Joe into my life and into the community. Her wit stripped phony platitudes down to bare truth and her generosity embraced us all. Thank you, Marilyn.

  24. Jim McKevitt

    I am sorry for your loss. Our family will keep your family and your mother in our prayers.
    McKevitt Family

  25. Peggy & Mike McAloon

    We are still reeling from the news of Marilyn's passing. The friendship, laughter, and learning we shared through the years have forever enriched our lives. Our love and support surround the family today and always.

  26. Sherry and Keith Mutchler

    Marilyn and Dick were early members of our Adventure Club where we had great fun and so enjoyed them both. It is with great sadness that we think of her passing from cancer. She was so vibrant, sincere and energetic. Hope you are all surrounded by the love and support of each other.

  27. Joe Kirst

    Dick, so sorry to read of Marilyn’s death. I had heard of her cancer diagnosis - it is so difficult to lose a loved one to this disease. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Joe

  28. Barbara O'Neill

    Sending all my love to the Lamers and Rassbach families. Marilyn was kind, generous, and loving to our family as well as to yours. I have been friends with her for most of my life. I will miss her tremendously.
    Love, Barbara

  29. Kristie (Strand) Olson

    So sorry for your loss. Marilyn was my baton instructor when I was little. Classes were held on the lawn by the Stout Clock Tower. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  30. Jane (Miller) Olson

    Dear Nick and Mary,
    I was saddened to learn of Marilyn's passing. I remember her pleasant smile and positive energy, and hear that her kindness touched many lives. I'm sure she'll be missed by you, her family, and her many friends. May your happiest memories help you smile through your tears!

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