Marilyn Colleen Wenberg died November 20, 2020, at Sage West Medical Center in Lander, Wyoming. She was a Christian, wife, and mother who enjoyed a successful career as an educator. Marilyn filled her life with love for others and portrayed dignity, humble fortitude and strength. Marilyn adored children and gave of her gifts as a music and primary educator. At home, she quilted, made music with her piano, and operated a gracious, delicious kitchen. She was an avid reader, always with a stack of library books at home. Marilyn and her husband Howard K. Wenberg enjoyed a lifetime relationship of respect, love, and hard work, centered on Christ and his meaning in their lives. Marilyn Colleen Crowell was born November 8, 1932, in Wauneta, Nebraska, the daughter of Leo H. Crowell and Iva Pearl McMullen. She grew up the youngest of five children with sisters Beryl, Veneta, Lucille, Elva, and brother, Delbert. She was adored, cared for, and thrived in a home filled with music and serious daily work to support the family. She played piano with a swing band late in the night, with her father nearby to escort her home. After schooling in Wauneta, she attended McCook County College (Nebraska) and acquired a teaching certificate. In Denver, she met U.S. Air Force officer Howard K. (Jack) Wenberg and they wed January 31, 1955, and departed for Germany. The military was Marilyn’s life for twenty years as the couple created their own family through many assignments. Marilyn kept her children and base communities strong as she waited for the safe return of her husband from missions during his active military career and so shared in our nation’s defense. The family settled in Lander, Wyoming in 1978 and the couple became active members of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Marilyn added to her education by graduating from the University of Wyoming in 1990 with a degree in primary education. In more moves to Guam, North Dakota, and a return to Wyoming, Marilyn taught young children and music students. Marilyn C. Wenberg was preceded in death by her husband, parents and siblings. She is survived by son Peter Wenberg of Lander, Wyoming; son Chris Wenberg and daughter-in-law Jo Wenberg, of Casper Wyoming; and son Eric Wenberg and daughter-in-law Pamela Quanrud of Arlington, Virginia. They join with Jack’s family, their many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews around the country in mourning her loss.
Marilyn will be celebrated at an event for family at Covenant Presbyterian Church December 12, 2020, at 11:00 am MST. To view services online: livestream is cpclanderwy.org.
An interment will be held in Lander in May 2021. The family invites you to send remembrances or cards via mail IHO Marilyn C. Wenberg, attention Chris and Jo Wenberg, 1740 Zuni Trail, Bar Nunn, WY 82601.