Marilyn Zerrenner

Obituary of Marilyn Jean Zerrenner

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Marilyn Jean (Russell) Zerrenner passed away April 24th, 2020 at 05:04 PM of natural causes. She was born August 7th, 1923 to Hurd and Gertrude (Larson) Russell in Fairfax, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Faith at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Norway, Iowa. Upon graduation from Norway High School she attended Business College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after which time she worked in the office of the Universal Engineering Corporation. In 1944 she worked for the Pacific Telephone Company in the General Plant Personnel Department for ten years. On June 6, 1953 she married Cark Zerrenner at Denny Park Lutheran Church in Seattle where they were both active in church work, teaching Sunday school and singing in the choir. The couple made their first home at Lake Leota in Woodinville, WA. In 1958 they moved to Renton, WA where they both worked for Boeing. In 1960 they moved to the Entiat Valley in central Washington where they platted a small recreation lot development as well as maintained several rental cabins for hunters and fisherman. Marilyn then worked for two years in the Harris Offices of the Mad River Orchard Company in Entiat. Following a devastating forest fire in 1970 and a subsequent mudslide and flood in 1972 which killed four people and wiped out seven houses on their plat, they moved to Big Fork, Montana. In 1974, with tremendous cooperation from lot owners, they returned to their Entiat Valley home and helped rehabilitate the flooded area. Upon Carl’s retirement in 1982 from the Ardenvior Lumber Company they moved to Birch Bay, WA where they lived for three and a half years before moving to Curlew Lake, Republic, WA in June of 1995 where they had enjoyed the outdoor recreation of that area since the early 1950’s. They also spent several winters with their trailer in Arizona. The couple were avid outdoor sports enthusiasts, especially enjoying fishing, hunting, archery, and trailering. They also raised and raced a Siberian husky sled dog team racing them in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana during the sixties and seventies. Marilyn is survived by her sister, Elaine (Art) Hildahl; seven nieces and four nephews with whom she had had a very close relationship. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; her parents, Hurd and Gertrude; her sister Jane (Alan) Monroe; three brothers, LeRoy, Conrad, and Robert Russell; and two nephews, Scott Monroe and James Russell. A memorial service will be held for Marilyn, however the date has not been set. Her Burial will be at Blaine City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice or to Grace Lutheran Church, Blaine, WA.
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