Marilyn M. Neiers, 85, lifelong resident of Cascade, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 at Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation in Monticello, following a fall and a period of declining health.

A Mass of Christian burial for Marilyn was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade, with Rev. Mark Osterhaus presiding. Lectors were Lauren Cooper and Michelle Gehl. Petitions where read by Lexy Cooper and Maggie McQuillen. Placing the pall was done by: Paul Neiers, Beth McQuillen, Patti Gehl, Amy Cooper and Chris Neiers.

Burial was held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade. In light of the pandemic, there was no visitation. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade is assisting the family with arrangements. Anyone interested in sending memorials may send them to Reiff Funeral Home, Attention: Marilyn Neiers family at P.O. Box #430, Cascade, Iowa, 52033.

Casketbearers were: Danny Henneberry, Melissa Gehl, Michelle Gehl, Tim Gehl, Matt McQuillen, and Chris Neiers.

Marilyn was born Jan. 4, 1935 in Cascade, daughter of Herbert and Adeline (Kirsch) McLees. She was a 1953 graduate of St. Martin’s High School in Cascade. On May 21, 1960, she was united in marriage to Paul Neiers at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade.

Marilyn was a homemaker and mother. She helped Paul with the bookkeeping for his life insurance business for some years, as well as having her own property/casualty business for a while. Marilyn loved to play cards, enjoyed her bridge group and going to the casino. She enjoyed her morning coffee and especially loved “Grandma days” and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Though plagued for years with debilitating arthritis, she rarely complained and was tenacious in maintaining her independence.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade.

Those left to grieve her loss are her husband of 60 years, Paul Neiers of Cascade; four children: Beth (Matt) McQuillen, of Anamosa, Patti (Tim) Gehl, of Cascade, Amy Cooper, of Dewitt and Christopher (Jalessa) Neiers, of Dubuque; seven grandchildren: Maggie McQuillen, Melissa Gehl, Michelle Gehl, Lauren Cooper, Lexy Cooper, Bennett Neiers and Breckyn Neiers; one brother, Tom McLees of Cascade.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her son-in-law, Jeff Cooper; her infant grandson, Alex Cooper.

The family would like to thank the staffs at River Bend Retirement Community, Jones Regional Medical Center and Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their compassionate care.

Video tribute can be viewed and online condolences may be left for the family at

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