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Marilyn George-Storbeck passed away on May 20, 2022 at the age of 88 years after a brief illness. She was born to Henry E. and Irene S. (Lepper) Peck in Cherokee, Iowa on January 8, 1934. As a lifelong resident of Cherokee County, she attended Garfield grade school, Lincoln Junior High, and graduated in 1952 from Wilson High School in Cherokee.
Marilyn married Paul A. George on September 2, 1952 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee IA. To this union, four children were born: Debra Leigh, Mathias Paul, Mary Lynn, and Terri Ann. Paul and Marilyn began farming in Rock Township, while Marilyn continued as a stenographer at the MHI. In 1954, they moved to the Radke farm in Diamond Township while their children attended Aurelia Schools. After eight years, the family moved north to the Benson farm in Afton Township, but four years later they returned to Diamond Township to raise crops, cattle, and hogs on the Spindler farm. In 1978, Paul and Marilyn purchased the George family Century Farm in Rock Township. They lived there until Paul died in 1995. In 1999, Marilyn married John M. Storbeck adding an extended family of two sons, Jerry and John D. Storbeck and their families. John M. died in 2016. Marilyn lived in their home in Aurelia until her death.
Marilyn had many friends and was active in the Aurelia and Cherokee communities and the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She attended Girls State in 1951, was named Cherokee County Rural Homemaker, was a 4-H leader of the Country Ramblers, and served as chairperson for the Fair Queen Board. Marilyn was elected as Cherokee County Recorder in 1990-1994. She participated in the I.C. Ladies Union, I.C. Parish Council, VFW Auxiliary, and Degree of Honor.
Marilyn enjoyed many hobbies such as golfing and dancing, but being a homemaker always came first. She loved to cook, sew, play cards, and eat out. Her family and friends always enjoyed eating her made-from-scratch Rhubarb Cream Pie with a lard crust. Her children and grandchildren also looked forward to her Starlight Sugar Crisps at every family gathering. She was a talented cook who loved trying new recipes and enjoyed sharing.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Henry E. and Irene S. Peck; two husbands, Paul A. George and John M. Storbeck; son, Mathias P.; two sisters, Charlotte Hinrichs (Max) and Shirley Nation (Harold); one brother, Carroll H. Peck (Irene); nephews, David Roberts and Jon Roberts; in-laws Max Hinrichs, Harold Nation, and Irene (Witzke) Peck.
Marilyn is survived by her daughters, Debra George of Kearney MO, Mary Lynn (Craig) DeDecker of Norwalk IA, and Terri George of Cherokee IA; her stepsons Jerry (Luanne) Storbeck of Encinitas CA, John D. (Chris) Storbeck of Redmond WA and their families. She leaves two grandchildren, Brian (Missy) DeDecker of Adel IA and Jenna (Christian) Huntley of Bayport MN. Her great-grandchildren include Vera Ruth and Georgiana Maren Huntley and Wyatt Mathias DeDecker. In addition, she has one surviving sister, LaVon, and brother-in-law, Bob Roberts of Cherokee IA and many nieces and nephews.
Cards may be sent to:
The Family of Marilyn Storbeck
% Terri George
30 Sioux Valley Dr.
Cherokee IA 51012
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