Marilyn Hagemeyer

Marilyn Roberts Hagemeyer, 82, of Perry, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in Perry, Iowa. According to her wishes, she donated her body to Des Moines University. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a memorial service at 7 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care in Perry. Burial will be in the Rippey Cemetery at a later date.

Marilyn Joan Roberts Hagemeyer was born August 9, 1935 on a farm close to Rippey, Iowa to John “Ivan” and Helen Arlene (Hunt) Burk Sr. Her mother died in 1940 and then her mother’s parents and their daughter, Maxine came to live with them. Gram and Pappy helped raise the four children. Maxine was like a sister to her. Marilyn attended school in Rippey, graduating with the class of 1953. There were four Marilyn’s in the class and three had sisters named Janice.

She was united in marriage to Wilford Roberts on June 7, 1953 at First Christian Church in Perry. She later married Hank Hagemeyer on December 4, 1975 in Des Moines. Marilyn worked at the Perry Milk Company and the Peggy Ann Candy Company, both in Perry, Van Ginkels Company in Des Moines and lastly at the Snuggles Water Bed Company and the Continental Bag Company in Mexico, Mo. She retired in 2001, moved to Desert Hot Springs, Calif. and enjoyed often travelling with family.

Marilyn was a member of the Old West Ministries in Desert Hot Springs. She was a teacher and mentor to Sparkling Waters quilt club in her community at Desert Hot Springs. She enjoyed quilting, sewing and square dancing. She made quilts for Project Linus, lap blankets for the V.F.W., Dress a Girl Around the World and helped with homeless bags in the Desert Hot Springs area. Marilyn made hundreds of quilts for her family, friends and even strangers.

In death Marilyn rejoins her parents, Ivan and Helen Burk; aunt, Maxine Vickery; brother, John Ivan Burk Jr.; sister, Barbara Denman; a brother-in-law, Bill Squires and a niece, Shelly Thompson.

Left to cherish Marilyn’s memory are her children, Ronald (Paula) Roberts and Rhonda (Bill) Olson; grandchildren: Aaron (Bobbi) Baxter, Kyle (Mindy) Baxter, Barb (Mark) Thacker, Matt Roberts, Mikayla (David) Carlson and Anna (Jordan) Scott; great grandchildren: Cole and Brianna Baxter, Reese, Cash and Charlie Baxter, Brandon (Michelle) Thacker, Nicole (Alec) Lewison and Caleb Thacker; great great grandchildren: Sutton Hibbing and Daisy Thacker; a sister, Janice Squires and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be given to her family for a later designation. Online condolences may be sent at

Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care, Perry.

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