Marilyn R. Sanders, 71, of La Crosse, Wis., died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Mayo Health System, La Crosse, Wis. She was born in La Crosse, Wis., on April 25, 1942, to Earl and Ethel (Bennett) Mc Grath. She married Robert Sanders on June 1, 1963, in Sparta, Wis.
Marilyn never gave birth to any children of her own, but she was like a mother to many children.
She is survived by her husband; Robert Sanders of La Crosse, Wis., one brother; Dennis (Mary) Mc Grath of Onalaska, Wis., a half-brother; Claude â€œButchâ€ (Suzanne) La Due of Australia. She is further survived by step-brothers Rolland and Leonard La Due and step-sister Claudia Niemeyer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and two brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, February, 22, 2014, in Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Home-Nelson Chapel, 1007 Caledonia St., La Crosse, Wis. Rev. Lisa Shank will officiate with