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Marilyn Van Wyk

July 15, 2020 | 2 comments

Marilyn L. Van Wyk passed away Sunday, July 12, 2020.  Marilyn was born July 2, 1928 in Noblesville, Indiana to Charles and Martha (Pettijohn) Jackson.  She graduated from Noblesville High School. Marilyn married Robert Ames in 1952 and moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin. They later divorced. Marilyn married Teunis (Tony) Van Wyk in 1978.

Marilyn served on the Board of Directors of Trinity Lutheran Church and taught Sunday School for fifteen years.  Marilyn graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a master’s degree in Education.  She worked for the Cooperative Educational Service Agency as an education consultant for fourteen years.  Marilyn also served as president on the boards of the League of Women Voters, Options in Reproductive Health Care, and the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center.

Her interests included volunteer work, travel, gardening, playing cards and spending time with her family.

Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Susan (Greg) Arroyo, her grandchildren, Jacob Bantley, Caitlyn (Dylan) Arroyo and Eric (Julie) Arroyo and great grandchildren Ayden, Owen, Alex and Fenix.

Marilyn is further survived by her stepchildren, Teunis (Pam) Van Wyk, Katrina (Wade) Turner, Kristina (Rick) Beckfeld and Katrinka (Greg) Rosenquist, along with their children and grandchildren.

Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Suzanne, husband, Teunis Van Wyk, Robert Ames and infant son, Joseph.

A private service will be held at a later date.



  1. Rick Williams

    Marilyn was such an incredible person. I knew her because of her work at CESA, even though we were in different departments. I have never known anyone nicer than Marilyn

  2. Sharon Mullarkey

    I have known Marilyn for as long as she has lived in her condo here on Lauderdale North and that is many years. She is one of the sweetest and nicest people I have ever known. She was always pleasant and fun to talk to.
    We will all miss her very much here in the neighborhood. I feel fortunate to have known her. Deepest sympathy to her family. RIP Marilyn.


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