OBITUARY: Marilyn Yvonne Loeffler

Marilyn Yvonne Loeffler, 86, of Newton died on Jan. 26, 2023, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. Marilyn was born on Jan. 31, 1936, to Christian and Katherine Hodel in Hillsboro, Kansas. She attended Hillsboro Schools until her family moved to Newton, Kansas, in 1948. Marilyn went to the University of Kansas, where she met Warren O’Toole, whom she married in 1955. He preceded her in death in 1959. After moving back to Newton, Marilyn later married Erwin Loeffler on Dec. 28, 1962. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Erwin Loeffler; children, Roberta Loeffler (Tim Fey), Kevin (Carmen) Loeffler, Mark (Cheryl) Loeffler, Karen (Marc) Morrison; and by 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her two sisters, Ellagene Regier and JoAnn Roberts.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; Warren O’Toole, her first husband; and infant twin daughters, Beth and Betsy.

Marilyn received her BSE from WSU in 1975. She taught fifth grade at Santa Fe Middle School in USD-373 Newton Schools. After her first year in teaching, she was offered a position as a librarian. In 1981, Marilyn received her master’s in library science from Emporia State University. She worked in Newton Public Schools as a librarian at Washington, Northridge, Lincoln and Walton Schools and at the Instructional Materials Center, where she had some administration duties. She enjoyed working with the teachers and administrators in USD-373. She was also an active member of NEA – Newton. Marilyn retired from USD-373 in 1995.

In retirement, Marilyn and Erwin traveled to many places and were part of the Kansas Winnebagos (Kansas Winnies) group, where they made great friends and traveling companions. Highlights of those trips included traveling the Lewis and Clark trail, touring Alaska, the Albuquerque balloon festival, and the annual national meeting in Iowa. In the past year, Marilyn and Erwin moved to the Presbyterian Manor apartments in Newton and became active members of that community. Marilyn was part of a Mothers Evening Out club that still met even after they all became grandmothers and great-grandmothers. She continued to go out on lunch dates with colleagues and friends and was great about calling on those who could not go out as often anymore. She was a great friend, mom, grandma, and great-grandma.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Bethel College Mennonite Church. Promotion of reading literacy and free libraries was a goal of Marilyn’s. She would be honored by donations to the Newton Public Library, Imagination Library, Reading is Fundamental, or any public library.

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