Marilyn (Lynn) Beckmann, 76, of Cedar Rapids, died peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at the home of her daughter with family by her side. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Visitation will be two hours before the service beginning at 9 a.m. at the chapel. A private family inurnment will be held at Ames College Cemetery.
Lynn is survived by her five children, Jeff Beckmann of Marion, Christy (Phil) Rezin of Cedar Rapids, Mike (Luanne) Beckmann of Cedar Rapids, Kathy (Macrae) Glass of Kingman, Ariz., and Susie (Mike) Loney of Cedar Rapids; 10 grandchildren, Cara, Casie, Robby, Walker, Riley, Jessie, Jake, Aree, Sammie and Ryan; a brother, Jack Meek Sr. of Pinellas Park, Fla.; and two nieces, Kim Cassiere and Karen Shephard, both of Maryland.
She was preceded in death by her father, Covell Meek; mother, Ruth Watson Meek; former husband, Robert Beckmann; and a nephew, Jack Meek Jr.
Lynn was born March 14, 1941, in Dubuque, Iowa. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and had fond memories of working at the Grove Drive-Inn during her teens. She married Robert Beckmann in Dubuque and they settled in Anamosa, where they raised their five children.
Lynn was a wonderful mother who always made sure her kids were loved and supported in whatever they were doing. After the kids were older, she volunteered for Anamosa Ambulance as an EMT and also obtained her Real Estate license and sold homes for a couple of years. She then moved on to interior design and worked at Sears in the custom window and carpeting department. While at Sears, she went back to school and later became a respiratory therapist, working at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Upon retirement, she enjoyed spending time with all of her grandchildren, friends and her kids. She volunteered many hours with Hospice of Mercy. She loved all animals, especially her cats. She enjoyed gardening, going for walks and bike riding with her good friend and companion, Loren Netz.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Lynn's honor to Cedar Valley Humane Society, 7411 Mount Vernon Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 or visit its website: https://cvhumane.org/donate or Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, 120 Boyson Rd., Hiawatha, IA 52233 or visit its website: http://prairiewoods.org/donate.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.