Marilyn Emma Ehlen
1930 - 2020
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Marilyn Emma Ehlen


Marilyn Emma Ehlen, 90 years old of Nokomis, FL, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020. She was born April 5, 1930 in Kenosha, WI, the daughter of the late Reinhardt and Emma (Barth) Hoffmann. She attended Kenosha schools. On February 1, 1950, she married Jack Ehlen in Kenosha, WI. He preceded her in death in 1982. In 1985, Marilyn moved to Las Vegas, NV, to escape Wisconsin winters. She was employed by the City of Las Vegas until her retirement in 1998. She and her sister Carol enjoyed many years in Las Vegas, welcoming family and friends into the home they shared. In 2013, Marilyn returned to Wisconsin to be close to her family. In 2016 she moved to Nokomis, FL, with John and Diane.

Marilyn is survived by her brother John Hoffmann of Kenosha, WI; her children John (Diane) Ehlen of Nokomis, FL, and Douglas Ehlen of Fullerton, CA; her two granddaughters, Tanya Parent of Kenosha, WI, and Linda Ehlen of Milwaukee, WI; three grandchildren, Branden, Dean & Elizabeth Parent of Kenosha, WI; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by eight siblings, Ruth Hoffmann, June Kubert, Hope Cole, Doris Bosman, Audrea VanArsdale, Raymond Hoffmann, Alice Theivagt and Carol LeMay.

Memorial remembrances in Marilyn's name can be made to:

Tidewell Hospice or the Alzheimer's Association

There will be a memorial service for family and friends at a later date

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Published in Kenosha News on Jul. 3, 2020.
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July 12, 2020
Paul May
July 11, 2020
Marilyn and my mom Noreen May were best friends for years. I remember growing up around the Ehlen's in Kenosha thought of the entire family as something wonderful. Blessings to the family and know that Mar is now with John and Noreen in heaven.
Paul and Cathy May
Paul May
July 10, 2020
I have such great memories of my aunt, her sweet laugh. She had a great sense of humor! I will miss her dearly. So sorry for your loss John and Doug! Love you both. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!
Brenda Cesario
July 6, 2020
Back in the '70's I would visit Marilyn, who was only a few doors down on 20th Avenue. I loved her doggie Chi Chi and would see if the little one could come out to play. Marilyn would sit on the stairs and chat with me while I gave some love to Chi. I also remember the amazing pretzels that got delivered on occasion. They were sooo good! John and Doug were always so cool. I remember their go-cart that my sis and Doug would ride. I was too young...but I sure loved the aroma of the gasoline and watching it fly down the sidewalk! I loved her dearly. Such a lovely lady. My sympathy to her boys and the family.
Nancy M Chianelli
July 5, 2020
Marilyn and my Aunt Isabel (Ianni) Williford were very close friends for a very long time.

My aunt would visit Marilyn when Marilyn lived in her Kenosha home and, later, she would visit Marilyn and her sister in their Las Vegas home.

Marilyn loved to go to the Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena, CA.

I have a wonderful picture of Marilyn, Isabel, and my mother at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Marilyn sent a lovely display of flowers to my mother's funeral in 1998.

I remember her boys had a race car back in the late 1970s/early 80s.

We were at her husband's funeral in 1982.

Marilyn was a very nice person with a great sense of humor.

Bless her sons and relatives.
Michael Hamilton
July 5, 2020
John and family. Condolences on the loss of your Mother Marilyn.
John Fox
July 3, 2020
John and Family, So sorry to read of the passing of your mom. She was such a wonderful Sunday School teacher, and I will always remember the kindness, patience, and dedication to children who were not her own. Fond memories . . . Lynn Macht Rapaich.
July 3, 2020
Lovely Family. They attended our Church in Kenosha, Wi.
Judy Rasch
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