Marilyn Lois Geyer Benz died on November 22, 2021. She was born in Williamsville, New York in 1932. She died at home in Fairfield, California, which she wanted surrounded by family and friends.
Marilyn always had a smile and a kind word to say to everyone she met. She was social throughout her life.
She was the daughter of Walter and Cornelia Geyer along with her four brothers, Walter Jr., Richard, John and her only surviving brother, Robert. To her nieces and nephews, Gail Geyer Kucera, Cole Geyer, Kathy Geyer Kenton (George), Lindsay Geyer (Jon Inge), Rick Geyer (Michael Todd), Val Geyer Kuklenski (Monte), Greg and Shelly Geyer, Jackie Geyer and Sandy Geyer Boyette (Mark), Marilyn was a loving aunt who loved hosting Thanksgiving dinners for the entire clan. Marilyn was our spirit of life, and her dedication and devotion to her family was her legacy. She leaves behind her four children, Marcie, Bob, Amy and Joanne; and her loving husband of 56 years, Joe.
Growing up in Amherst, New York in 1932, was not easy, but her parents were wonderfully humble and loving, and they did everything they could to ensure that their children had a chance to find their way in life. success.
Marilyn went to Katherine Gibbs in Providence, Rhode Island and soon moved to New York City to strike out on her own, with her father’s permission, she was given three days to find a job and live alone. She never looked back.
In Springville, New York, she would settle down to start a family. Later in the seventies with the cold immersion of winter, Marilyn and Joe decided to go on adventures to California, and the beach became Marilyn’s muse.
She and her family wanted to make a change, and what a brave soul she turned out to be once again. She started a career in insurance management for Mass Mutual in Orange County, and she spent every spare minute she could on Laguna Beach.
She retired to Lake Forest, California in 1996, and then her family convinced her and Joe to move to the ‘cold’ Northern California to be close to their grandchildren. So they moved to Fairfield, where Joe still lives.
Marilyn will be missed by her husband, Joe Benz; her children, Marcie Benz Hughes (Ned) and Bob Benz (Rena d’Entremont), Amy Benz (Bryce Weber) and Joanne Benz King (Stephen); six grandchildren, Maria Benz Kelly (Spencer), Francois Benz (Malorie) and Katie Benz Owen (Patrick), Piper Hughes Weaver (Joseph) and Ian Hughes (Joy) and Allison King; and four great-grandchildren, Fiona and Isla Kelly and Eliza and Naomi Weaver.
Marilyn will be missed by her many friends and community organizations of which she was a part, including the local bridge club and newcomers to Fairfield, California.
Father, we want you to know that we are all so proud of you and we love you and you are not alone. Mom, we love you and we will always remember your beautiful smile and your love gift will always be in our hearts.
Events under the care of Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 707-425-4697.