Marie B. Gildersleeve

Marie B. Gildersleeve, age 80, of Fennimore died on Wednesday July 26, 2017 at U.W. Hospital in Madison. She was born on Nov. 28, 1936 in Grinnell, IA the daughter of Henry and Dora (Garrett) Koger. Marie was united in marriage to Delmar Gildersleeve on Aug. 21, 1955 in Grinnell, IA.

Marie grew up in the Grinnell area, graduating from Grinnell High School in 1955. After her marriage to Delmar, Marie worked in clothing sales for some years until owning and operating Marie’s Ceramics for 20 years. She then was employed at Land’s End in Dodgeville for 10 years until retiring in 2002. Marie was a member of the Grant County Farm Bureau, Eastern Star and Fennimore United Methodist Church. She loved her family, sports, reading, and crafts. Marie also enjoyed traveling and wintering with her husband in Arizona.

Marie is survived by her four children; Rhonda Gildersleeve of Boscobel, Randy (Sandy) Gildersleeve of Forest Lake, MN, Tom (Kristi) Gildersleeve of Lancaster and Teresa (James) Mead of New Auburn; seven grandchildren, Carrie and Ian Gildersleeve, Katie, Kelsey and Hannah Mead and Garrett and Brennen Gildersleeve, brother Ralph (Betty) Koger of Boone, IA and sister-in-law Phyllis Smith of Grinnell, IA.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, step mother Lois Koger, husband Delmar on Feb. 5, 2012, two brothers Robert (Dorothy) Koger and Raymond (Delores) Koger, sister-in-law Ormagene Koger, in-laws Hubert and Bayonne Birkenholtz, infant sister-in-law Doris Gildersleeve and niece Darla Smith.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday July 31, 2017 at the Fennimore United Methodist Church in Fennimore with burial of the cremated remains to follow in the Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7:00 P.M. on Sunday July 30, 2017 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore and from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at the church on Monday morning.

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