Koerner, Marilyn Jean A longtime Torrance resident peacefully passed away July 14th, 2009 after a short illness. Born in Ponca Nebraska on May 26th, 1929 she moved west with her family as a young girl to Los Angeles in 1941. She graduated from Leuzinger High as " The Olympian Girl" in 1947. Marilyn then attended UCLA graduating in 1951 with a recreation degree. She married Carl Koerner of El Segundo on June 18th, 1950. Marilyn worked as a substitute teacher for the Torrance Unified School District for forty years. Marilyn is the daughter of Charles and Estella Gee. Survivors include her husband of 59 years Carl Korener ; Daughter Carol (Les) Yasutake , of Kauai ; Sons Ron (Laura) Koerner , Ken (Kathy) Koerner , and Mike (Patti) Koerner 10 grandchildren, Yumi , Lachelle , Sean, Matthew, Jenna, Kobi , Brian, Emilee, Karli , and Lisa. Sister Jan Rush and Brother Chuck (Florrie) Gee. A celebration of Marilyn 's life will be held Saturday July 25th , at 2:00pm at Rice Mortuary 5310 Torrance Blvd Torrance, California. A reception will follow the Memorial Service. Please use this website, to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. To the Family of Marilyn Koerner – What a blessing to have Marilyn in our lives! At the recent Dasenbrock Family Reunion, the comment was made that every family NEEDS a Marilyn – someone who isn’t seen often, but when you do, it seems like no time has passed at all. Marilyn’s focus in her life was on her family, both immediate and extended. Her love for family spread all the way back to Nebraska. I first met Marilyn over 25 years ago on a two week visit from Nebraska to California. I was visiting my aunt and my Grandma Betty Dasenbrock encouraged me to “just give Marilyn a call.” I called and ended up spending almost a week with Carl, Marilyn and their family. She made me feel like I was special. Since that time up until the last couple of years, she always remembered my birthday with a card. Marilyn was a very special lady. I had the opportunity to speak to her briefly prior to her death. We laughed together when I asked her how she was doing, and she replied “I’m not running any races.” We just decided she needed to get a new pair of running shoes! She will be missed, but all of us will find comfort knowing that she is in a place where there is no pain. God’s blessings to the family as you make your way through this most difficult time. Love to you all – Rob, Jolene, Kaleb and Jonah Scheffler

  2. Dear Koerner family, we just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you and feeling your loss. Marilyn was a wonderful person and we are proud to say that we were related to her. We are sure that she will be greatly missed and are thankful that we got to spend time with all of you over the years. Lynn & Family

  3. Dear Carl and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. May God give you strength in the days to come. Marilyn was a very special woman and relative. I’ll always cherish the trip to Kauai, the reunions, and the updates from Mom and Dad about the California relatives. Love to all, Cindy and Jeremy

  4. To Marilyn’s family: Tom and I extend our sympathies to you all. We have especially fond memories of the family reunion and anniversary celebration in California. We know that Marilyn’s “spirit” and energy were in Nebraska with us all during your recent family visit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With love, Sandy and Tom Dasenbrock

  5. We send greetings and thanks for the life of our cousin Marilyn. We live with many fond memories and are blessed forever.


  7. To Marilyn’s family: Our deepest sympathies are with you as you cope with your loss. Marilyn was an incredibly special woman who could light up the room the second she walked in. Even though she moved to the big city at an early age she never forgot her roots, and I know she was always a Husker at heart. Whenever there was a special occasion here in Nebraska, she almost always made it a point to make the long journey to be here, and it just wasn’t the same if she could not make it. It was very special to us the be able to make the trip to California to help Marilyn and Carl celebrate their 50th aniversary, and I still have some very special memories of my first trip to California way back in 1972. We will miss Marilyn very much, but we know she is much better off now. Take care. Love, Dave, De, Danielle, and Dylan

  8. Marilyn will always hold a special place in my heart, and I will miss visiting with her. All of your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Our deepest sympathies go out to each and every one of you. I will always remember Marilyn and miss her visiting Nebraska. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Marilyn, We go back a long way….as teenagers and high school pals! Even though we only talked occasionally, we did keep in touch. We talked about school days, our families, the fact that we both had a “Kenny”, and many other things. I am so glad we had lunch together about 6 months ago. We talked and talked and pretty well “caught up” with things! I’ll miss you, but I treasure the friendship we’ve had! Lorraine Colston

  11. To CJ, Carol and Family, Ron and Family, Ken and Family, and Mike and Family, I just want you all to know my love and prayers have been there for you all and for Marilyn while she was going through her illness. I was so blessed by the fact that you all had some good quality time with her the last 3 weeks with her. You were all forefront in my mind during this time. I wish I could have been there to help out as well. Marilyn will always hold a very special place in our hearts as she and CJ took my sister Patti in many years ago with love, respect and support before she and Mike were married. It always gave us comfort to know she was with good people out there all by herself when she and Mike were dating! It only made their marraige that much more special. And who can ever forget Patti and Mikes’ wedding here in Kansas? That was when we got to meet all of you for the first time! Didn’t we have fun then? They had good parents on both sides to support them. And I want to let you all know, Patti loves you all just like you were one of her immediate family so very very much!So you all know you will always be honorary Milazzo’s as Patti is now a Koerner! Marilyn was always a big part of that! We all loved being around Marilyn she was so much fun! She gave our family over 20 years of good memories and a lifetime to your family! Your tribute to your Mom is beautiful! I wanted to send flowers but Patti told me, “No, Marilyn just wanted everyone to go and get a Colonoscopy!” Well that is the most loving message someone can leave her loved ones!(And funny, but that was just like Marilyn!Always so matter of fact.) I will light a candle for Marilyn’s memory while you are having her service in California! Know you are in our thoughts and prayers! Much love to you all! Consider yourselves hugged many times over! All our best, Christine, Mike and Luke Zeller

  12. Funniest memory: Mrs. Koerner looking out the kitchen window watching my brother crawl down the driveway with his surfboard…Fondest memory: she babysat my son the day I went into labor with my daughter. Always there for us. Love you, miss you. Karen Peterson (Rowe)

  13. I will never forget the first time I met Marilyn, it was the weekend of my sister Patti and her son Mike’s wedding, it was as if we had known each other for years, it meant the world to me. I will cherish that forever. She was a phenomenal woman. As they were leaving to go back to California, she and Carl both told me “if you need anything, you know where to find us” this coming from people who knew me for 3 days!!! WOW! You will be missed Marilyn, but you made a huge mark in my life and for that I am grateful!!! To the Koerner family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you. Marilyn…Thank you very much for being who you were…rest in peace. Just a note of humor…one of my favorie memories…it was my first visit to California with my 8 month old son, Carl and Marilyn pick me up at LAX…getting on the Freeway, Marilyn is telling Carl about the guard rail on the right side of the car…on the left are the FedEx planes and he finally told her..I see it Marilyn, I also see that plane over this is purple and there’s not a darn thing I can do about it!!! I love them both!!! They are family to me and always will be. Rita Wilson

  14. Fond memories of Marilyn from years ago come back to my mind. Crocheted dresses she and her sister, Jan, wore for Uncle Ed and Shirley’s wedding; summer gatherings at our Grandma and Grandpa’s farm; a week spent at their home in Ponca playing with fantastic paper dolls; eating raspberries from the garden, plus other delicious food from their Mom’s kitchen, and a memorable visit to Ponca State Park long the Missouri River are some of the memories. Whenever we were together, it seemed her imaginative mind was thinking up exciting and fun things to do. To her family I suggest to keep the good times in your fondest memories of her. May God bless you and keep you. She will be missed!

  15. Marilyn will be missed greatly. We will always remember how sweet and hospitable she was to us everytime we came to visit the Koerner Family in California. We are thankful for the times we got to spend with Her and the memories we’ll have to hold, but we look forward to spending all of eternity with Marilyn and all of our loved ones who went home before us. Our prayers are with you all. God Bless and Comfort you in this time.

  16. I don’t think a day goes by, without a thought of Marilyn and Carl (Dadso) that runs through my mind. I cherish so many memories of the both of you. You were two of the most special people in my life and I hold you both so close to my heart. Thank You for being the “best” grandparent’s to Sean, Brian and all your grandchildren. Love You Always!!! Elaine

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