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of Rogers and formerly of Buffalo, MN

March 23, 1934- April 5, 2024

Marilyn J. Rabe passed away peacefully in her home on April 5th, 2024.  Marilyn spent the last year living in Rogers with family and was previously a resident of Buffalo, Minnesota.  She was born on March 23, 1934, in Iowa City, Iowa. She was born to parents Hugh F. & Regina K. (McDermott) Smith.  Marilyn spent her early years in Grinnell, Iowa and graduated from Grinnell High School.  On August 4, 1956, Marilyn J. Smith and Eugene (Gene) W. Rabe were joined in holy marriage. God blessed their marriage with three children. As a family they gained many friends over the years and lived in multiple cities including Arlington Heights, IL; Cherry Hill; NJ; Wayzata, MN; West Des Moines, IA; Hot Springs, AR and finally settled back in the Rogers/Buffalo, MN area for the last 24 years.


Marilyn’s family was her pride and joy, especially her Grandchildren and Great

Grandchildren. She enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings and attended many games with her Grandchildren.  She also loved watching her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren participate in their many sports-related events over the years.


Marilyn never met a stranger and was an instant friend to all. Rather than talk about herself, she would invest in learning all she could about you. She was the life of every party and usually the last to leave. She genuinely enjoyed getting to know others and loved you for who you are.

Marilyn enjoyed participating in social hour and pulling pull tabs. She was known to be quite lucky in that regard.


Marilyn enjoyed traveling with her husband Gene to many domestic and international destinations over the years. She continued to travel to visit family and friends near and far for the rest of her life. Traveling highlights included family trips made for her 75th and 80th birthdays where most of her family gathered for beach vacations to celebrate.


Marilyn is survived by her loving children: Stacia (Anthony) Flores of Houston, Texas; Tamara (Jeffery) Sahr of Rogers, Minnesota and David (Cassondra) Rabe of Gayville, South Dakota. Seven grandchildren: Joshua (Katie) Macleod, Eric (Fran) Macleod, Colin (Ally) Macleod, Grant (Callie) Sahr, Tyler Sahr (Rebecca Rostamo), Daulton Hawthorne and Darien Rabe. Eleven Great Grandchildren, two Nephews and a Niece; other distant relatives and many friends. Marilyn is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gene, parents Hugh and Regina and her brother, Carroll Smith.


A Memorial Service for Marilyn Rabe will be held at The Peterson Chapel in Saint Michael, MN on Tuesday, April 9th, 2024.  The visitation will be held from 4-6pm with a prayer service starting at 6pm. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at 7:00 P.M. at The River Inn in Hanover, Minnesota.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to go to the Gayville Fire Department in South Dakota; P.O. Box 163, Gayville, South Dakota 57031 or use the following QR code or direct link:






9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Pearl Walsh

    I am so blessed to have you as my friend (sis) of 48 years. You will be missed by so many people.

  2. Lance and Jeannie

    I did enjoy our visits over the years.

  3. Lindsay Hoverson

    Mama Marilyn was a hell of a lady! She always lit up the room with her infectious smile, left red lipstick smooches on our cheeks, and was like a grandma to the whole neighborhood. So many fun memories with her, I’m grateful to have known such an amazing woman!

  4. Laurie

    MA,Todd and I were so blessed to have you in our lives.😘

  5. Joann Taggart

    So very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My mother enjoyed visiting with her when she came to visit Dave and Cass.

  6. Joleen Olson

    Marilyn was one of my members at Curves (woman’s fitness center). She ALWAYS came in with her beautiful smile!! She will absolutely be gratefully missed!!

  7. Lisa Carla Widner

    I met Marilyn through Stacia and Keith. We met up at Gringos one time when Marilyn was in town. We had lots of laughs and margueritas. Later we went to the hot tub and Marilyn joined us. I laughed as I thought of my mom who was about Marilyns age – my mom would never be this much fun!! I told Keith that this condolence quote reminds me of Marilyn “In the darkest skys we see the brightest stars” And Marilyn was one shining star. I hope your memories of this vivacious lady swaddle you in comfort. I know there is a big hole in your hearts. Hugs and love to all in the family

  8. Mark Peterson

    So many memories from so far back for my Auntie Marilyn. Our visits between Arlington Heights and Park Forest Illinois – way back then under appreciated fun as kids but wonderful memories as adults. One of my favs? Sitting around the fireplace I think I was 17 or 18 and I think it was in Wayzata? Drinking beer with Auntie. And Olympia beer at that!

  9. Dean and Jeanie Guida

    She was a sweet neighbor of ours at West Farm Lane !!


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