Marian Anderlik, age 89 of Cresco, Iowa, died April 24, 2017, in Mason City, Iowa.
Marian Joy Anderlik was born in rural Chester, Iowa, on Dec. 28, 1927, daughter of Charles and Anna (Lomica) Anderlik. Marian graduated from Chester High School in 1945. She went to Luther College to obtain her teaching certificate and taught two years in a rural school in Howard County. She started teaching 6th grade in Cresco Public School in 1949, later teaching Jr. High math until her retirement in 1989.
Marian spent many summers and evenings furthering her education, graduating from Upper Iowa University with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1960, and later her Master’s Degree from Winona State College in 1969.
Through the years Marian was involved in many volunteer organizations, including 60 plus years in WA TAN YE Women’s Club, Howard County Retired Teachers, Hospice, Women's Hospital Auxiliary, the Howard County Historical Society. She volunteered at the three care centers in Cresco, Meals on Wheels, and many other community organizations. She was awarded the “Hall of Fame” award for volunteerism in and around Cresco. In 1999 she co-authored the book “Memories of One Room Schools in Howard County Iowa.” She was interested in everything including traveling, gardening, bird watching, music, photography, biking, cross stitching quilts and sports. She especially enjoyed watching and listening to her favorite teams, the Hawkeyes, Cubbies, Cadets, and recalling her high school “six player” basketball team. Marian and her housemate, Margaret Lease, hosted exchange student, Kay Wepener, from South Africa for a year and subsequently visited her and her family there. They also traveled several times to Europe, the Holy Land, Egypt and Australia.
Marian’s first priority was her faith in her Lord. She was a lifetime member of the Saratoga Presbyterian Church and was active in the Cresco United Methodist church, serving on many committees and boards in both.
Marian was a popular figure around Cresco. She is well remembered and respected by her many students. She is survived by her brother Robert (Patricia) Anderlik, sister-in-law Mildred Anderlik, her nephews and nieces: Jerald Anderlik, Jeffrey (Josephine) Anderlik, Jean (Bruce) Smith, Sara (David) Kizzier, Timothy (Melinda) Anderlik, Sheryl (Paul) Clark and 15 great-nephews and nieces, and one grandnephew, Kobe Hallauer.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Charles and Anna Anderlik, her brother Harold, her long-time friend and housemate, Margaret Lease, and one nephew, Daniel Anderlik.