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Obituary: Marilyn Jacobs Leder

Oct 06, 2014 08:06AM ● Published by Jim

Marilyn Jacobs Leder passed away October 4, 2014 at Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

There will be a memorial gathering at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 450 Bridge Street in Mayville, on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  A memorial service will follow at church beginning at 1:00 PM with Rev. James Mallmann officiating.

Marilyn began this life on June 9, 1932 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Grant and Lydia (Clarstrom) Jacobs. She attended Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Lacrosse in 1954.  Marilyn moved to Mayville to begin her teaching career, retiring in 1990 after 29 years of instructing two generations in physical education and health at Mayville Middle School.  She was also the coach for the girl’s golf team at Mayville High School for many years.  On August 20, 1955, Marilyn married Jack Leder in St John's Lutheran Church. Over time, their family grew to include two daughters, Amy and Ann, a son, John; in addition to several beloved kitties.  Marilyn was a member of the Mayville Golf Course, enjoying many outings with the Wednesday Ladies Golf League and building lasting friendships. She was a darn good golfer – not that she would ever admit it.  Marilyn also enjoyed playing cards – whether it was ladies bridge night or a friendly game of Golf.  Her love of literature earned her respect on the Scrabble board and was evident as a supporter of the Mayville Library, a love that was passed on through her children. 

Marilyn is survived by her two daughters, Amy Leder (Dan Gerth) of Port Washington and Ann Leder (Gary Scott) of Madison, and her sister, Lois Mansavage of Wisconsin Rapids.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Jack in 2013 and son, John in 1994. She was also preceded by brothers Grant Jacobs and Donn Jacobs and sisters Lavonne Jacobs and Madelone Jacobs.

Marilyn was a woman known for her quick wit and quiet strength, attributes proudly inherited by her daughters.

Her generous spirit can live on through donations to the Dodge County Humane Society or St. John's Lutheran Church of Mayville. 

Special thanks from the family are given to the kind and gentle people at St. Agnes Hospital and the Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac. "Bless you all." 

The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Mayville is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at


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