In Memory of

Marilyn K. George

June 8, 1944 - November 17, 2017
On November 17, 2017, while holding her husband Chuck's hand, Marilyn K. George, slipped from the grips of a short illness and into the hands of her loving and merciful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A celebration in Heaven ensued as angels sang and trumpets sounded and Marilyn was greeted by so many loved ones who have gone before her. For all of these truths, her loved ones here are so happy for her, while mourning her passing and beginning the celebration of her life here on Earth. The daughter of Porter Eugene Roach and Frances Irene Roach (Frieze), she was born in Maryville, Missouri on June 8, 1944. She was the oldest of 8 children, and took great care of her siblings growing up. Life was not always easy, but that crew was close and Marilyn told many stories about their adventures together growing up. We will miss those stories and the enthusiasm with which she recalled them. After moving to Cherokee, Marilyn was married to Richard 'Butch' Bergert in 1963, and together they had six children. According to her, they were the best and the brightest. She proved how much she loved those kids in the ways she took care of them. All the cooking (the best food), cleaning, medical care, clothing, laundry, and frankly, behavior interventions for 6 kids could not have been easy. She even found time to coach some softball, organize birthday parties, take her family to Sioux City for some shopping, and most importantly, she made sure everyone made it to church every Sunday. On August 1, 1991, Marilyn married Chuck George. Staying active was the legacy for these two, including the way they had numerous rigorous battles on the tennis courts of Cherokee, and really, any place they could find a court, even on trips around the country to see her kids. In fact, Chuck will tell you that she defeated him in a game only a few weeks prior to her passing. This is not surprising, given the fire that burned in Marilyn to keep moving, to be strong, and to live life to the fullest. Part of this zest for life also included SO MANY photos being taken to remember the moments that mattered to her with family, the long hikes everyday around the M.H.I. in any kind of weather in order to see deer and God's other creations, and her unabashedly singing out whatever song was on her heart. She also loved competing on local volleyball and softball teams and met some of her best, life-long friends in those local leagues. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Richard and John Roach, a brother-in-law, Tim Grauer, and many other loved ones who meant so much to her. Remaining to mourn her death and celebrate her life are her husband Chuck of Cherokee, Iowa; six children: Shawn (Brian Bunkers) Bergert of San Bernardino, CA, Tami Collins of Cedar Rapids, IA, Trevis (Nicole) Bergert of Tullahoma, TN, Ellisha (Craig) Bennink of Cedar Rapids, IA, Payt (Rachel) Bergert of Shellsburg, IA, and Lucas (Nicole) Bergert of Belgrade, MT; 15 grandchildren: Isabella Collins; Caleb, Nathan (Rachel), Hannah, Sarah, Abram, Eli Bergert; Tyler, Garret, and Gabrielle Bennink; Jonah, Isaiah, and Alaina Bergert; and Mikayla and Ariel Bergert; One great-granddaughter Eleanor Bergert; Siblings Jim Roach of Maryville, Bill (Karen) Roach of Maryville, Julia Grauer of Denver,CO, Deborah (Mike) Fox of Cherokee, Cordelia (Brad) Kintigh of Ft. Dodge, IA; her cousin and best friend Karrol Nelson and many, many other cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.
Marilyn passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center on Friday, November 17, 2017, following a short illness. Services will be held at a later date. MEMORIALS IN MARILYN'S HONOR MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE FAMILY.


Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I have many wonderful memories of Marilyn when we played volleyball together for the Cherokee Traveling Team! Great fun and great friendships made hitting a ball! ”
- Colleen Harmon
Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss,Chuck. She was a great lady. Always a smile on her face and a song in her heart. Her love for Jesus made her shine brightly. May you find comfort knowing she is in the presence of her King. ”
- Hope McCollam
Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“God bless your family Chuck the Lord holds her hand now.”
- Mark Martin
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Our sympathy to all the family of Marilyn. We used to have some fun times playing softball and volleyball back in 70's. Great lady. She will be missed. Ruth & Duane Ebglish”
- Ruth D English
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I did not spend a lot of time with Marilyn but, we became instant friends when she came to dinner at my home in CALIFORNIA. Shawn and Brian are very good friends of my son and his friend. I'm sending my love and prayers to all of you.”
- Doris F. Evans
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Praying that you'll be filled with happy memories and surrounded by love.”
- Shelley lewis
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of a wonderful lady I was lucky to meet and work with. She will be missed by all who knew her,God Bless”
- Peg Jackson
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. May you find comfort knowing she is in a perfect place & you will see her again someday. Hugs to you all ❤️”
- Kasonda & Mitchell Drefke
Monday, November 20, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Sending my condolences to Chuck and all the family of Marilyn. She was a very kind women that I loved dearly. She will be greatly missed. The world has one less Godly person. ”
- Paula Harris-Davis
Monday, November 20, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Ellisha & Payt and families,
Our deepest condolences in the loss of your mother. May the sweet memories comfort you.
Uptown Dental
Dr. Joe Lenz and Staff”
- Uptown Dental
Monday, November 20, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Will always remember my nice chats with Marilyn when we would run into each other...I know she struggled and is now at peace..but sorry for your loss and she will be missed.”
- Glenda Schleef
Monday, November 20, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I'm sorry Chuck!!
you were so in love....”
- steve conley
Monday, November 20, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Elisha and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time.
- Stephanie (Ament) Schutt
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“ My heart and prayers to all of you. She was a beautiful lady with alot of spunk! HUGS”
- Lauren R Bakker
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