FITCHBURG - Marilyn J. Arnold passed away on January 29, 2018. She was born June 20, 1944, the oldest child to Donald R. and Ruth D. (Sprecher) Hehenberger. She grew up in the Sauk-Prairie area, attending Little Prairie one-room school, Black Hawk Grade School, Prairie du Sac High School and graduated from Sauk City High School in 1962. She attended UW-Platteville.
Marilyn married Thomas G. Arnold on June 6, 1964. They had twin sons, Douglas and David. In 1969, they moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, and then Austin, Texas, where Marilyn completed her teaching degree at the University of Texas in 1976. She then began a long and rewarding teaching career at Winn Elementary School in Austin. They returned to Wisconsin in 1987 and resided in Madison. Marilyn resumed her teaching career at Randall Elementary School, retiring in 2010.
Marilyn was an active member of Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ and Alpha Delta Kappa teacher sorority.
Marilyn is survived by her husband of 53 years, Thomas, and sons Douglas and David; brothers Donald J. (Gloria) Hehenberger, and Rodney (Carol) Hehenberger, twin sisters Sandy (Steve) Gullickson and Sally (Mark) Mellenberger. She is further survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Gordon and Bridget Arnold, many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and father and mother-in-law, Orville and Mabel Arnold and step mother-in-law, Evelyn Arnold.
A visitation in memory of Marilyn will be held in the Johnson Dining Room at Agrace Hospice Care on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ on Sunday, February 4, 2018 beginning at 2:00 pm. Burial of her ashes will take place at a later private service in the Garth area at the church.
Marilyn was proud of the ADK sorority scholarship program for aspiring teachers. She would appreciate any memorials to be made to ADK c/o Kris Koenen, 521 Hilltop Drive, Madison, WI 53711 or to the charity of your choice.
A teacher plants the seeds of knowledge, sprinkles them with love and patiently nurtures their growth to produce tomorrow's dreams. Marilyn was a great teacher who inspired many young minds over her career.
We're deeply saddened to hear for Marilyn's passing. She was always a joy to talk with whenever the Wisconsin Arnolds came to see the Iowa Arnolds. Tom, you and your family are in our prayers. We're lucky to have known Marilyn and to have her as part of our extended family. With much sympathy, Kurt & Heather Schweitzer Hansen (of the Iowa Arnolds)
Kind, compassionate, loving and wise. Sweet, sweet Marilyn. I loved the twinkle in your eyes. The world was lucky to have you. I know you will enjoy your wings.
Sally, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your sister. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time.
We were very lucky to have had Marilyn and Tom as backyard neighbors. Even before we met, we were aware of Marilyn's laugh passing over the fence from their yard to ours. Such a wonderful, happy woman to have known as a neighbor and friend. Our prayers go out to you and yours.
You were a great cousin and a very kind woman. I will miss your smile.
Thank you for being such a wonderful wife, mother and companion through life's travails. 🤟