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November 7, 1925 - June 2, 2020

In accordance with her wishes, cremation will take place and a gathering to celebrate Marilyn’s life will be held in the future. For those wishing to contribute in Marilyn’s memory, please consider First Presbyterian Church of Manchester (Iowa), Special Olympics or Habitat for Humanity, c/o the funeral home.

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Age 94, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday June 02, 2020. She was born on November 7, 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa, daughter of Fremont and Jessie (Davis) St. John. Marilyn graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in January 1943. On May 17, 1946, she was married to Jerome V Uhlman. On November 29, 1975, she was united in marriage to Leo Eugene Stone. Marilyn had a long and storied career as a secretary. From 1943 until 1984, she was key in assisting many companies including United Federal, Socony Vacuum, Todd’s Butchers Friend, Brenton Bank, Collins Radio, J-Tec Associates, Molenaar, Inc. In 1984 she worked as a “Kelly Girl” in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa, then retired to open her own business, Neat Things, Inc., selling Advertising Specialties in Manchester, Iowa. In 1993, she sold her business and worked as a commissioned salesperson for Kaeser & Blair, selling advertising specialties for many years. She was a Certified Professional Secretary, a title earned through the National Secretaries Association in 1972. In 1973, she was named Secretary of the Year through the Cedar Rapids National Secretaries Chapter. She was very active with the TOPS (Take Pounds Off Sensibly) program and won the 1999 TOPS award for the largest loss in the district and was very proud of the Ruby Necklace awarded to her for keeping the weight off for 10 years. Marilyn is cherished in memory and legacy by her children, David Alan (Debra) Uhlman, Janis Lynn (John) Uhlman Etzcorn; stepchildren, Audrey L. (Jamie) Steidl, and Peggy J. Stone. She will also be fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Jason Alan (Emily) Uhlman, Ryan Robert Etzcorn, Madelyn Mae Etzcorn and her beloved great-grandchildren, Zoey Elizabeth Uhlman, Kai Alan Uhlman and Sawyer Linden Uhlman.