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Marilyn J. Isenhart

Published On: Jun 24 2013 11:43:25 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2013 11:58:41 AM CDT

Marilyn Isenhart, 75 of Muscoda, died Sunday, June 23, 2013 after fighting stage four melanoma since 2009. Marilyn called her fight “a bump in the road."

She was born on June 22, 1938 to the late Leo and Edna Blair in Sterling, IL.

Marilyn married the love of her life, Ike Isenhart on June 9, 1957. He preceded her in death on July 22, 2004.

Marilyn was training to be a nurse when she and Ike were dating. When they started their family, she chose to be at home with her babies. They came just a year apart.

Marilyn and Ike moved to Wisconsin when their four kids were small. During that time, Marilyn worked for the Blue River School District and Taylor Turkey Farm.

She was also a business woman, working side by side with her husband for 26 years at “Ike’s," their convenience and sporting goods store near the Wisconsin River in Muscoda. After the family business was sold, Marilyn subbed as a classroom aide and was a member of the cafeteria staff in the Riverdale School District. She was very happy working in the classroom directly with the students. She also volunteered at the meal site in Muscoda. Marilyn was a member of the Muscoda Presbyterian Church. Marilyn was happiest spending time with family. She also enjoyed hunting turkey and deer, camping, fishing, quilting, crocheting and was an avid reader. Most recently, she spent most of her time sitting in her favorite chair holding Molly, her poodle/fifth child.

Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Laura (Jan) Martens and their children, Leah (Eric) Gabrielson, Ryan (Laura) Baxter, step-children David (Bethany) Martens and Amy (Scott) Glandon; son, Mark Isenhart and his daughters, Jessica, Whitney, Jordann’ and BreAnna; daughter, Lacinda (Grant) Smith and their sons, Matt (Chrissy), Ben and Garrett; and daughter, Lani (Dean) Witherspoon and their children, Jami (Ben) Helsten, Jenee’ (EJ) Daws, Jillian and Geoff; brothers, Leo Blair Jr. (deceased wife Joan), and Jim (Marilyn) Blair; sister, Bev (Mel) Stern; sister-in-law, Rose (deceased husband Larry) Batten; great-grandchildren, Audra and Henry Gabrielson, and Isaac Ike Baxter, nine step-great-grandchildren, and many special nieces and nephews. In addition to the above, Marilyn was preceded in death by grandson Beau Baxter, nephew Bobby Batten and brother-in-law Elwood Isenhart.

Marilyn loved family. She was fair, loyal, and spunky. She fought very hard to beat melanoma, traveling to many states trying to find the right clinical trial. Marilyn was given “ground breaking drugs” as part of her treatment plan. She was a pioneer in the fight against melanoma.

Marilyn's family would like to say a special thanks to good friends, Trudy Taylor and Ed and Cindy Kratcha, her patient advocates Clare O’Connor and Pete Daly, the University of Michigan Clinical Trial staff for giving mom a cancer-free year, Dr. Emit Sanyal and his staff at Dean St. Mary’s, and nurses Ashley and Kali and the rest of the staff at Upland Hills Hospice Care and the staff of Unity Hospice of De Pere.

The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service of Richland Center is assisting the family. Online condolences can be sent to: As per Marilyn’s wishes, a private burial and memorial service will be held. Marilyn and the family request that the time you would have spent at her memorial service instead be spent with family and those you love.

If you would like to give a donation in honor of Marilyn, please consider: The Center for Patient, Ann’s Hope Foundation (100% of donations go to melanoma research), and Upland Hills Hospice-Dodgeville. Do not grieve for me. To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die. “Thumps Up”

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