Marilyn Louise Blanken Portage
Published in Kalamazoo Gazette from Jan. 28

Marilyn L. Lobel
1925 - 2021

Lobel, Marilyn L. Portage, MI Formerly of Silver Spring, MD
Marilyn Louise Lobel died Sunday, January 24, 2021.

She was born November 1, 1925 in Washington, DC

aughter of the late David and Edna (Jacobson) Blanken.

Marilyn grew up in Washington, D.C. with her parents and
her sister. As a child, she enjoyed playing outside with
friends and taking ballet lessons. She graduated from Roosevelt High School (1944) and
continued her education for a time at George Washington University.

She moved to the Maryland suburbs when she got married and lived there for close to 74
years. She spent many years as an executive administrative assistant at the Water
Pollution Control Federation.

She was very involved with her three children's activities. The family enjoyed annual
vacations at the ocean, attending the Washington Football Team's games at R.F.K.
Stadium, and getting together with extended family and friends. Marilyn and her husband
were quite social. Marilyn was an excellent cook and enjoyed hosting dinner parties. She
enjoyed playing bridge and playing golf.

When the kids were grown, Marilyn and her husband Max traveled both in the United States
and internationally. In retirement for many years, Marilyn and Max spent winters in Lake
Worth, Florida, golfing, socializing, and hosting visitors including family and friends. When
not in Florida, Max and Marilyn lived in the senior community at Leisure World in Silver

After Max passed away, Marilyn moved to the Bedford Court community where she made
friends and participated in the social activities offered there. When her health declined, she
moved up to Bickford of Portage, a senior care facility in Portage, Michigan, near her
oldest son. During her time at Bickford, she remained friendly, loving, and grateful for the
care she received there. Despite medical hardships, she was resilient. When her heart
reached its last beat, she passed peacefully and seemingly painlessly while resting on the
sofa in her room.

On April 10, 1945, Marilyn married Max Lobel who preceded her in death on June 8, 2015.

Marilyn is survived by her children, Jeffrey (Andrea) Lobel of Kalamazoo, MI, Alan (Marsha)
Lobel of St. Louis, MO, and Cynthia (Terry) Thomas of Seattle, WA; eight grandchildren,
Gabriel (Laura) Lobel, Rachel Lobel, Nicholas (Elly) Lobel, Jason (Allison) Lobel, Adam
Lobel, Jessica Lobel, Emily (Paul) Watt, and Kyle Thomas; five great-grandchildren, Dillan,
Camryn, Evyn, Avery, and Leo; and sister, Marjorie (Robert) Funger and many loving nieces
and nephews.

Private graveside services will be held in National Memorial Park / King David Garden in
Falls Church, VA. Arrangements entrusted to Langeland Family Funeral Homes.

Burial & Cremation Services, 3926 S 9th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made in Marilyn's honor to Feeding
America. To view Marilyn's personalized web page, please visit