Marilyn Jean (Hagen) Pohlman
Fort Myers, Fla.
Marilyn Jean (Hagen) Pohlman was born Aug. 12, 1951, in Marengo, Iowa, the daughter of Merlin and Selma (Doehrmann) Hagen. She graduated from Benton Community High School in 1969. On Sept. 12, 1970, she was united in marriage to Larry Edward Pohlman at Grace Lutheran Church in Blairstown, Iowa. Marilyn and Larry raised their three sons on a farm outside of Blairstown. Marilyn's many jobs included farm wife, homemaker, teacher's aide and wedding and prom dress salesperson. She became a Realtor with Coldwell Banker upon moving to Cedar Rapids in 2000. Marilyn enjoyed 10 years of retirement on the beautiful beaches of Fort Myers, Fla. Marilyn loved the water, sun and sand. She and Larry took many trips to the Caribbean, with St. Maarten being their favorite destination. Marilyn also traveled to Egypt.
Marilyn had a beautiful smile that she shared with everyone. With her positive personality and ability to find the joy or the silver lining in any situation, she set a great example for how to live. She was a strong supporter of her sons and grandchildren in anything they chose to pursue. Marilyn was an excellent hostess and cook who loved to entertain her wide circle of friends. Marilyn was an advocate for children's causes, including education and research into childhood diseases.
Marilyn died Monday June 1, 2020, following a long illness. Surviving are her husband, Larry; sister, Nancy Landuyt; three sons, Brian, Brad (Amy) and Aaron (Julene); five grandchildren, Lillian, Sophia, Caroline, Alyssa and Benjamin; and niece, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 11, at 10:30 a.m. at Gateway Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Myers, Fla. Memorials may be sent to Golisano Children's Hospital, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Gateway Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund, the University of Iowa Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or directly to the family.