Marilyn Beemer Wagner

SAWYER — Marilyn Beemer Wagner, 90, of Sawyer passed away Monday October 12, 2020 at Spectrum Health Lakeland, St. Joseph.

A private family service will be held. Donations can be made in her memory to Church of the Mediator 14280 Red Arrow Hwy., Harbert MI 49115, or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023 ( Online condolences accepted at

Marilyn was the daughter of Harold and Ethel Kimmel. She grew up on her family farm in Milledgeville, IL, and later graduated from Illinois State University.

On June 19, 1954 she married W. Howard Beemer, they moved to Three Oaks to accept teaching positions. She was a long time Home Economics teacher at Three Oaks High School/River Valley High School.

She is survived by her three children: Wesley H.(Tamara Pelish) Beemer of Ann Arbor, Robert (Janet) Beemer of Sawyer, and Elizabeth Beemer James of St. Joseph; grandchildren: Wesley, Joseph, and Carley Beemer, Riley and Grace James. Marilyn was tireless in her support and encouragement of her children and grandchildren in their church, youth groups, and higher education. She also excelled as “designer and seamstress” of their Halloween costumes.

Marilyn’s husband W. Howard Beemer died December 29, 1981. On October 13, 1991, she married Harold Wagner and they enjoyed 18 years of marriage before his passing. She is survived by special friend David White.

She was a longtime member of PEO and volunteered for her Church, the Juvenile Court Education System, and numerous community groups. Marilyn had great energy and love for her family, her students, and her friends.

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