Marilyn Jean Saunders, age 79, of Brodhead, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, at Collinwood Assisted Living in Brodhead.

She was born Dec. 30, 1941, in Monroe, Wisconsin, the daughter of Godfrey and Goldie (Amacher) Nussbaum.  She married the love of her life, Gary Saunders, on June 9, 1962, at St. Rose Catholic Church in Brodhead.

Marilyn was a teacher’s aide for 31 years and also a library aide in the Brodhead School District. She was an avid reader, liked bowling, flower gardening and book clubs and was a former board member of the Brodhead Memorial Public Library. She also enjoyed watching her family and grandchildren in sports and other activities as well as watching UW-Badger football and especially UW basketball. Her main enjoyment was her family and friends.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Gary; two sons, Brad (Sally) Saunders and their sons, Leon and Isaac, of Brodhead, Michael (Lauri) Saunders and their children, Ashley and Austin, of Oregon, Wisconsin; a daughter, Amy (Jeff) Holmstrom and their children, Erik, Evan and Ryan, of Minneapolis; and Jim Meyer, who was like a son to them; a brother, Dennis (Jody) Nussbaum of Albany, Wisconsin; two sisters, Dorothy (David) Witte of Iowa City, Iowa, and Sue (Steve) Peterson of Brodhead; and special friends, Anna Lea Duchow and Darlene Wheeler.

The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Collinwood Memory Care for their care of Marilyn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the family in her memory and a memorial will be established at a later date.

Visitation was held Monday, Sept. 6, and Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the D.L. Newcomer Funeral Home in Brodhead. A funeral service was held Sept. 7 at the funeral home with the Rev. Bill Wineke officiating.

Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Brodhead.  Online condolences may be made at