Marilyn Yvonne Loeffler, 86, of Newton Kansas died on January
26, 2023 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS. Marilyn was
born, January 31, 1936 to Christian and Katherine Hodel in
Hillsboro, KS. She attended Hillsboro Schools until her family
moved to Newton KS in 1948.
Marilyn went to the University of Kansas where she met Warren
O’Toole whom she married in 1955. He preceded her in death in
1959. After moving back to Newton, Marilyn later married Erwin
Loeffler on December 28, 1962. They recently celebrated their
60th wedding anniversary.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Erwin Loeffler, Roberta
Loeffler (Tim Fey), Kevin (Carmen) Loeffler, Mark (Cheryl)
Loeffler, Karen (Marc) Morrison, and by 12 grandchildren and 3
great grandchildren. She is also survived by her two sisters,
Ellagene Regier and JoAnn Roberts. Marilyn was preceded in
death by her parents, Warren O’Toole, her first husband, and
infant twin daughters Beth and Betsy.
Marilyn received her BSE from WSU in 1975. She taught 5th
grade at Santa Fe Middle School, in USD 373 Newton Schools.
After her 1st year in teaching she was offered a position as a
librarian. In 1981 Marilyn received her Masters in Library Science
from Emporia State University. She worked in Newton Public
Schools as a librarian at Washington, Northridge, Lincoln and
Walton Schools and at the Instructional Materials Center where
she had some administration duties. She enjoyed working with
the teachers and administrators in USD 373. She was also an
active member of NEA – Newton. Marilyn retired from USD 373 in
In retirement, Marilyn and Erwin traveled to many places and
were part of the Kansas Winnebagos (Kansas Winnies) group
where they made great friends and traveling companions.
Highlights of those trips included: traveling the Lewis and Clark
trail, touring Alaska, the Albuquerque balloon festival, and the
annual national meeting in Iowa.
In the past year, Marilyn and Erwin moved to the Presbyterian
Manor apartments in Newton and became active members of that
Marilyn was part of a Mothers Evening Out club that still met
even after they all became grandmothers and great
grandmothers. She continued to go out on lunch dates with
colleagues and friends and was great about calling on those that
could not go out as often anymore. She was a great friend, mom,
grandma, and great grandma.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February
18, 2023 at Bethel College Mennonite Church. Promotion of
reading literacy and free libraries was a goal of Marilyn’s. She
would be honored by donations to the Newton Public Library,
Imagination Library, Reading is Fundamental, or any public
We met Marilyn on our Winnebago Alaska trip in 2005 and enjoyed seeing them in Iowa at the national rally. She was a quiet, kind lady who will be missed by many.
Mark and Kevin, so sad for the loss of your mother. The Family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Marilyn was such a good friend to our whole family. We loved her gentle sense of humor and ready smile. She will be missed.
Love and hugs from,
And the Cherryholmes family.
Marilyn was my best friend when I was a young mother just learning how to be “a good mother”. We kept in touch through all these years. I know she is singing with the angels today. Erv and family, I’m so sorry!
Marilyn was a wonderful colleague in the Newton School District. A good leader and an avid librarian.