Marilyn Jean Seibert Parizek was born May 5, 1947 to Mable and H. Van Seibert. She grew up in Johnston, enjoying an active and enriched childhood on their family farm. She loved horses, as well playing in the pasture and creek. There were also many chores to be done, and Marilyn participated in both boys’ and girls’ 4-H Club. Marilyn was busy in high school, playing basketball, playing bell lyre in band, and being a student librarian. She served as President of the Iowa Student Librarian Association. She was also voted “Biggest Flirt” by her senior classmates.
As a youth, Marilyn was very involved in her church, West Des Moines Christian, where she is one of their 50 year members. She was also loved being active at First Christian Church in recent years, as her health allowed.
Marilyn attended the University of Northern Iowa, but left to marry the love of her life, Paul E. Parizek. As the wife of a USAF member, Marilyn lived in Biloxi, MS and Del Rio, TX. She and Paul moved back to Des Moines, where they raised their two beloved children, Paul J. Parizek and Deborah L. Parizek.
Marilyn was employed at FGL Commodities, Wards, Sears, and WDM Public Schools. She was an avid gardener and maintained beautiful beds of flowers. She also lovingly cared for her husband when MS struck him and he had to retire from his position as DMPS dispatcher. For over 25 years, Marilyn cared for and sustained Paul.
Marilyn was very active in The Order of The Eastern Star for more than 50 years, having been initiated into Valley Junction Chapter, West Des Moines, on September 8, 1965. She first served as Worthy Matron of Valley Junction Chapter in 1990 and served again as Worthy Matron three more times by 2003. Other offices she held include Chaplain and Treasurer. In 2001, Marilyn was appointed to serve the Grand Chapter of Iowa, Order of The Eastern Star as a District Project Chairman, and from 2007 through 2009 she was honored to serve as Grand Representative of Florida. Her love for the work of the Order, combined with her warm smile and sense of humor, will forever be cherished by her Eastern Star sisters and brothers. Marilyn was also active in the Waukee VFW and most recently served as Treasurer.
Marilyn returned to college later in her life and completed her degree in education at Grandview University. She became a substitute teacher in Des Moines Public Schools, West Des Moines, and Waukee.
Marilyn was blessed with five grandchildren; Steeli Semin, Raven Parizek, Keaton Parizek, Kyra Parizek, Kellen Parizek, and John Kuecher. She felt great joy in taking an active part in their lives.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a nephew. She is survived by her children Paul J. Parizek and Deborah J. Parizek, and her grandchildren. Also left to cherish her memory are her sisters, Sharon Van Vaipae and Terri Holmgren (Ron), as well as four nieces, four nephews, one great-niece, and one great-nephew.
Marilyn had a zest for life and an enormous heart. She was a “giver”, as those who knew her best were able to witness regularly. We thank God for her loving spirit, sharp wit, and boundless generosity.