Marilyn J. McLaughlin

Marilyn  J. McLaughlin

November 21, 1943 – February 16, 2021

Age 77

Director of Financial Aid at UNMC until leaving to finish her Master’s in Social Work.  Family and friends were very important. She rarely if ever missed one of her children’s or grandchildren’s events.  She loved volunteering, giving to others, cooking and baking.  She was well known for her banana bread.

Preceded in death by parents Stephen & Louella Roberts.

Survived by her  husband of 41 years, Marty; children Tony & Lisa McLaughlin, Debbie & Tim Dydyk, Patty & Scott Wenninghoff, Pam & Jeff Burch, Tom & Sherry McLaughlin, Mike & Susie McLaughlin, and Bob & Heather McLaughlin; 14 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.

Private Memorial Service following CDC guidelines: Thursday, February 25 at 11 am at Bellevue Memorial Chapel.

To view video of the service, click the link below:

Memorials: American Heart Assn. / or American Diabetes Assn./


  • Kelly Sibbing Posted February 18, 2021 8:18 am

    What a wonderful woman. A huge loss for all. Prayers to the entire family. Love to all.

  • Jim mclaughlin Posted February 18, 2021 1:41 pm

    I want to express my deep sorrow for the passing of Marilyn. My heart, thoughts and prayers to my uncle Martin and the entire family. I want to say how grateful I am to Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Martin for always keeping in touch with me, but also with my mom and dad, Merle and Betty. I will always have a wonderful spot in my heart for Marilyn. May god bless you all, hold each other close. With love Jimmy.

  • Deb McLaughlin Posted February 18, 2021 2:44 pm

    We will miss her terribly. Through all the years she never forgot about our family.

  • Ramona Lucas Posted February 18, 2021 8:57 pm

    So rarely do you meet someone as special as your mom. Marilyn was a caring and wonderful woman who made an impact on everyone she met. She was always there to listen or give a helping hand. I will miss her and her banana bread. I am so grateful to have known her. She will always hold a special place in my heart. My love and prayers are with you.

  • Cindy Van Horn/Johnson Posted February 18, 2021 8:59 pm

    So very very sorry to hear about Marilyn’s passing. Thinking of all of you and sending hugs and prayers from all of us here in Mason City Iowa.

  • Darl Blankenship Posted February 19, 2021 12:56 pm

    I’ve known Marilyn and Marty for over 27 years and all that time Marilyn has been kind and generous. For all of those who believe in Heaven know that she is in a much better place..
    My thoughts and prayers are with Marty, I know where he is, I’ve been there and there’s not much that can be said that will help him right now . I’m sad and I hurt for you my friend.

    • Mike McLaughlin Posted February 19, 2021 4:51 pm

      Thank you Daryl. I know you will be a great comfort in so many ways to him as we move forward. Hoping the weather turns warm soon and you snow birds will return.

  • Arlene VanHorn Posted February 19, 2021 2:42 pm

    Martin. I’m so sorry to hear about Marilyn. My condolences to you and your family. I didn’t know her well but I know the Lord is with you and your wonderful memories will sustain you. Hugs to. you all.

  • Kathy and Keith binder Posted February 19, 2021 4:26 pm

    So sorry to hear of your great loss of your precious Mom. It’s been years since I’ve seen her but during our times of watching baseball games, I dearly loved visiting with her. She was always such a sincere and caring person and really fun to visit with. May Jehovah Shalom, the Giver of Peace comfort you and your family. during this difficult time. There’s no amount of pain or heartache that can take away the richness of the life that you shared for so many years together with your Loved One!

  • Terri L Leavitt Posted February 19, 2021 5:25 pm

    Marilyn was such a fun person to be around. Dave and I always enjoyed her company and even though we didn’t get to see her often, she always made us feel welcome and like family. We are very sorry for your loss and will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Steve and Mary Mayfield and family Posted February 19, 2021 8:55 pm

    Our thoughts are with all of you!!!! Wonderful lady!!!! She will be missed! I’m sure she is happy to now be in heaven where she can keep a closer eye on Deb and Mary!

  • Marsha Gunderson Posted February 20, 2021 9:27 am

    Dear Marty, Debbie & Tim and all, My sympathy and prayers are with you all as you mourn the loss of dear Marilyn. I believe our first, long conversation was at a parade in downtown Bellevue. She knew me from church and that is when our friendship began. I believe that was the day I got her banana bread recipe! Marilyn was so kind and reached out to my Mom when she moved to Bellevue. I am grateful for her friendship. Blessed be her memory.

  • Steve and Mary Mayfield Posted February 20, 2021 8:50 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. Marilyn will be truly missed! I am so glad that she was able to join is at our home for a bit this summer! Deb and I will have to be much more careful now that she is watching all of us from heaven!

  • Lee Johnson Posted February 21, 2021 11:34 am

    I am so sad to hear of Marilyn’s passing. She was a kind and good cousin to me. I always enjoyed hearing from her. Know you are all in my best prayers and thoughts now.

  • Lanny and Lynnda Posted February 21, 2021 4:05 pm

    Marty and family, we are so sorry and shocked that Marilyn has died. She was a wonderful and caring women who loved her whole family dearly. Our prayers go out to all of her family. She will be missed by all.

  • Bob and Cheryl Morley Posted February 22, 2021 11:31 am

    Our deepest condolences on Marilyn’s passing. She was one of the kindest ladies in the softball league and when Bob joined she made me feel right at home. She always helped out and was so much fun at our parties and games! It will be a great loss to all of us to lose such a fine lady! Prayers to you and all your family during this time. God Bless and keep you all!

  • Mert Opfer Posted February 23, 2021 2:16 pm

    You have my sympathy, Marty. Marilyn was a great lady, always considerate and caring for others. It was great to have her at all the ball games; and I will always remember when you and her came to visit me
    while I was in the hospital, and later you both came all the way out here from Bellevue to visit and bring
    banana bread when I was doing chemo, God bless you and all your family.

  • Mary Belford Posted February 24, 2021 4:44 pm

    I too will miss Marilyn , her sweet smile and kind words. We first met her when she would join us on the thankski trip as a non skier. I know she will be greatly missed but thanking God that she knew her Lord and we will see her again in our real Home! Prayers for comfort and peace to your whole family

  • Pansy Posted February 24, 2021 7:49 pm

    Marilynn, was my dear family friend. She loved everyone. She loved my mom and dad. I will miss you my dear friend. I will see you again.
    Love you dearly,

  • Lois and Don Hansen Posted February 24, 2021 9:00 pm

    A loving and caring Christian friend, Marilyn along with Marty, were always there to help. Lots of special memories going beyond the banana bread and mementos! We’ll miss you, Marilyn.


  • Shawn Decker Posted February 25, 2021 11:51 am

    Pam, Deb and family- Your mom was so special. She was kind, caring and fun. She sent me a new bookmark every year at Christmas because she knew I loved to read. She loved her family so much and it was apparent. You will have all of the wonderful memories of her and there will be days when sorrow will hit hard unexpectedly. But, you will also have days where memories will make you laugh out loud. Take care and hold on tight.

  • Bob and Debbie Bezousek Posted February 25, 2021 11:58 am

    What a Beautiful service for Marilyn! We were so glad that we were able to watch on livestream!
    Marilyn was so full of life and always there for everyone! We will truly miss this dynamic woman! Rest In Peace Marilyn!

  • Linda Mosley Steinberger Posted February 25, 2021 12:02 pm

    I am going to miss my long time good friend. We go back so very many years, too many to count. She has been a blessing in my life. Sending love and hugs to her dear loved ones.

  • Sue and Ken Tonn Posted February 28, 2021 6:17 am

    Dear Marty and Family, we are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear sweet Marilyn. She was one of the kindest and most giving women I have ever known. Marilyn was a dear friend who will be greatly missed. Our prayers and sympathy are with you all as you grieve your loss.

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