Gearhart Funeral Home

11275 Foley Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN


Marlene O. Hill

February 7, 1947March 19, 2020

Marlene Hill passed away suddenly and unexpectedly of an atypical heart attack on Thursday evening, March 19th, 2020 at the young age of 73.

Marlene was an incredibly kind, wise, and Godly woman. She loved all those around her with a firm, quiet and unwavering caring spirit that gave us all such confidence. She was genuine, compassionate, trustworthy and fiercely loyal. Her counsel could always be trusted because of her character. She was fun and brought great joy to those around her. She had a wonderful sense of humor. She kept a real but sunny outlook on life. She was the same person in each facet of her life; her marriage, parenting, grandkids, friendships, and her professional life. Her warm hugs, happy smile, and love have touched so many lives and we are all better because of her.

Marlene was the loving and faithful wife of 40 years to Bruce. They lived in Coon Rapids most of these years and raised their family there. Marlene and Bruce were avid soccer parents, Marlene attended local Bible studies, both attended Faith Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God.” Marlene had a strong and genuine faith in Jesus Christ and we are assured of her eternity. We find comfort knowing that her spirit is in the hands of our Lord and Savior.

Marlene was preceded in death by her mother, Jane Outcalt (nee Mast), a long-time resident of the Farmstead in Andover and by her father, Elmore Outcalt. She was mother to two adult children, both of whom reside in the Twin Cities metro. Daughter, Amy (Hill) Kobielush (38) (Maple Grove - husband Brent, children Haleigh 10, Blake 8). Son, Josh Hill (35) (South St. Paul - wife Rawan, daughter Ava 18 months). Marlene was a dearly loved mother in law to both Brent and Rawan, thoughtful, caring and helpful. She was a source of encouragement and blessing in both of their lives. Marlene was an incredible Grandma to her 3 grandchildren and her loss in this capacity will be devastating.

She was a longtime employee of Presbyterian Homes, serving as housing counselor for seniors and their families at the Farmstead in Andover for many years, in addition to a number of years at the North Oaks, finally retiring from the Wayzata location.

In keeping with current regulations, an intimate gathering of her immediate family will be held at Gearhart Funeral Home, in Coon Rapids on Thursday, March 26th at 11am. A memorial service will be held at a later date, details to follow. Updates will be posted on this dedicated virtual obituary site.

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  • Private Family Service with a Public Memorial at a later time


Marlene O. Hill

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Nina Iraggi

March 30, 2020

When I met Marlene at a party, she was just so warm and friendly. She made me feel like part of the family. I wish I had gotten to know her better. Sending prayers to the family with love.

Peggy Scoggins

March 27, 2020

I worked side-by-side with Marlene in North Oaks and she was such an amazing co-worker. We laughed a lot and Marlene always challenged me in such wonder ways. I know how much she loved her family, because she talked about them often. Prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

Mary Ann Carey

March 26, 2020

I am so sorry for your great loss.
Knowing Amy tells a wonderful story of what an amazing mother she was.
Blessings to all of you as you walk with Jesus in your grief.

Ruth Semlak

March 24, 2020

Dear Bruce & Family,
Sending our condolences for the loss of your beautiful wife & momma. Our hearts are breaking. Sending our love. May you be comforted by The Lord during this time of grief and healing.
Psalm 34:18
Jeff & Ruth Semlak

Kathy Johnson

March 22, 2020

Bruce and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I have spoken to Claire. I know with our pandemic Covid virus your grieving (and ours) will be in a different format. Please know I have been thinking and praying for all of you. I pray you can find some peace. May Marlene’s memories flood our mind during this uncertain time’s.
Kathy Johnson