Marvin M. Gessner – Monticello

Marvin M. Gessner, 96, of Monticello died Friday, July 12, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Visitation will be held from 9 – 10:30 am Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will be at St. Patrick & St. Paul Cemetery near Watkins, Iowa.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.


Marvin was born September 17, 1922, on the original family homestead near Norway, Iowa, the son of Michael C. and Alma (Thoman) Gessner.  He married Louise Kacer on November 10, 1953, in Tama, Iowa.  To this union there are 6 children who were all raised on the farm near Norway.  Louise preceded him in death in 1987.  Marvin and Joyce Cashman married on November 18, 1989, at Sacred Heart Church in Monticello.


Survivors include his wife, Joyce, 6 children: Alan (Linda) Gessner of Newhall, Dale (Marilyn) Gessner of Belle Plaine, Dr. Ann (Bill Lorenz) Gessner of Ames, Carol Gessner of Ft. Collins, CO, Barb (Randy) Lukan of Cedar Rapids and Leo (Brenda) Gessner of Story City; 9 grandchildren: Christy (Andy) Barta, Chase, Caleb and Casey Gessner, Olivia Lorenz, Taylor and Grant Lukan, Courtney and Jaclyn Gessner; 4 great grandchildren: Matthew, David, Owen and Alex Barta; siblings: Eileen Reilly of Central City and Gerald (Karen) Gessner of Newhall, and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother John, his first wife Louise and brother-in-law Jack Reilly.


We would like to thank the staff at Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Unity Point – St. Luke’s Hospital for the wonderful care.


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