Marilyn Elizabeth Gonser, age 80, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully at home on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Mary Wasco; daughter-in-law, Katherine Gonser; and sister-in-law, Dorothea (George) Regetz. Marilyn is survived by her husband of 59 years, John Gonser; children, Karl Gonser, Karen (David) Wisdom; sister, Jaqueline (Joseph) Dumont; sisters-in-law Marilyn (Alvin) Schalge and Kathryn (Peter) Eloff; and grandchildren, Jacob, Elizabeth, Rebecca, and Jessica Gonser. She was born and raised here in Grand Rapids, attending St. Adalbert’s and Catholic Central, and then majored in mathematics at Michigan State University. Soon after, she married John and moved to Minneapolis where they both worked for Honeywell, until the time when she quit working to focus on raising her family. Marilyn spent her life loving and caring for those around her, with her most joyful moments being those that were spent with family and friends, and her proudest moments were in her children’s and grandchildren’s successes. A small funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m., followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. A memorial Mass will be held for Marilyn at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Fr. Peter Damian presiding, at a later date to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 in her name.