Irma Marilyn Mooney

August 1, 1930November 13, 2020

Marilyn Mooney, age 90, of Okemos, MI, passed away at home on November 13, 2020, surrounded by her family. Beloved wife of the late Robert H. Mooney, Jr., who predeceased her in 1979, Marilyn was the loving mother of Bob (Kitty), Tom (Becky), Pat, Dennis (Nanci), Al (Laurie), Mark, Peter, Jeanne, Karen (Bill) Dudley, Kathy (Paul) Anderson, and John (Ann). She leaves 28 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren to cherish the good times they shared - Mary (John) Biggane, Sarah (Mike) Parnello, Annie Scott, Bobby (Anna), and Michael; Kristin, Brian (Laura), and Beth (Patrick) Coleman; Theo (Kelsey) and Ashlyn; Allison (Rob) Mayer, JR (Kate), and Natalie; Matthew (Allison), Tim (Brianna), and Andrew; Monica (Bobby) Glied, PJ, and James; WR, Annie, and Peter Dudley; Casey and Grace Anderson; and Sean, Jacqueline, Marisa, and Joey. There are 19 great-grandchildren left as wonderful gifts of God to their family - Jack and Allie Biggane; Oscar and Serena Parnello; Emma, Maddy, and Lainy Scott; Elizabeth, Margaret, and Caroline; Liam, Annie, and Amy; Molly, Henry, and Abigale; Maggie and Charlie Mayer; and Ryan.

Marilyn was born on August 1, 1930 in Saginaw, MI to Floyd and Claire Holcomb. She was raised in Saginaw with her two older siblings who predeceased her, Ann (Richard) McNish and George (Doris) Holcomb. Marilyn was also predeceased by her daughter-in-law Gwen Ashbaugh, grandson Quinlan (Pat and Gwen), brother-in-law Albert "Unc" Mooney, sister-in-law Irene Bruske, and husband's brother-in-law Bill Ryan. She is survived by her sister-in-law Jane Ryan, brother-in-law's wife Jennett Mooney, sister-in-law Pree Holcomb, and family friend June.

When Bob and Marilyn were dating in high school, he asked her if she liked children. She said yes, and he said, "Good, because I'd like to marry you some day." The desire for children came true and with the children came many joys during their 26 years of marriage. Marilyn was a continuous learner and teacher, graduating from St. Andrew Catholic School in 1948, and Michigan State in 1952. After teaching one year in the East Lansing Schools, she began a life-long commitment to her family. Marilyn was a faith-filled woman who provided in so many ways for her 11 children who were born from 1953 to 1964. Her focus was on family and friends, but she welcomed all who came to her home with an assortment of freshly baked treats and delicious meals. No one left hungry!

An amazing wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, friend, investor, volunteer, and active member in the Catholic Church and Schools, she believed in service before self. Marilyn answered God's call to serve as a caregiver: to love and take care of others with almost limitless energy and passion. Marilyn's greatest accomplishment was the living witness she gave to those around her of God's call as she provided for family, friends, friends of her children and grandchildren, fellow parishioners at both St. Therese and St. Thomas, and those she encountered as a volunteer with the St. Lawrence/Sparrow gift shop. A very successful self-taught money manager, she enjoyed following the stock market, politics, her Wall Street Journal and reading many books. Marilyn was entertained in later years by texting with family and friends, exchanging emails and watching professional tennis, college basketball, NHL hockey, and other sporting events. The times spent with her children, their spouses, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were of utmost importance in her life. She served in various leadership roles, including President of the St. Lawrence Auxiliary Guild and the first woman President of the St. Therese School Board, but her most cherished leadership role was matriarch of her family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 21st at 11 a.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 955 Alton Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823. Recorded video of Mass at

Visitation will occur on Friday, November 20th from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at St. Thomas, with the Rosary prayed at 7:00 pm. Visitation will also occur at 10 am before the Memorial Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Burial will be private to the family. Memorials may be made to Lansing Catholic High School, 501 Marshall St, Lansing MI 48912 and St. Thomas Aquinas School, 915 Alton Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823


  • Lansing Catholic High School
  • St. Thomas Aquinas School


  • Visitation

    Friday, November 20, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Friday, November 20, 2020

  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

  • Recorded video of Mass at

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

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Larry Lennon

November 23, 2020

I would like to offer my condolences to the Mooney family
for the loss of your mother.

I have many fond memories our families early days.

Larry Lennon

Lisa McNish

November 23, 2020

To the Mooney family,
So sorry for the loss of your mom, grand and great grandmother. We will miss her, always enjoyed her visits and catching up on all the "Mooney" news. Your mom was also very interested in my boys and how they were doing as she thought so much of Rick.
She certainly was a very special and giving person and leaves behind a legacy of a beautiful family to cherish her memory. Sorry, with all the restrictions we weren't able to be there, keeping you in our prayers.
Lisa, Greg and Andy McNish

Laura Dietrich

November 22, 2020

Sending prayers to your family. So sorry to hear of Mrs. Mooneys passing. God

Gorsline Runciman

November 21, 2020

Recorded video of Mass at

Samuel Hopkins

November 21, 2020

To The Mooney Family

Condolences and prayers to all of you. Marilyn was a beautiful lady inside and out. She will be dearly missed.

Love Sam and Deanna Hopkins

David Schertzing

November 19, 2020

Marilyn hired me to do some remodeling on her home off a referral from a friend. I was taken by her charm and how she made me feel like I was one of her family the very evening we went over what needed to be done on the house.
I was involved personally with many of the renovations so as I worked there each day, I was able to visit with Marilyn while I worked.
There was always some type of candy on the island of the kitchen and she always made sure I got some.
One time I commented on how much I loved that particular candy so she gave me a new box and told me to share it with my wife Mary Ellen.
I'm 63 years old and I was always amazed at how she got around! She went up and down stairs faster and with more grace than I could. I sometimes had to yell out, "slow down Marilyn!".
I especially loved how she smacked her hands together when making a point! I tried to do that to show my wife what she would do, and it hurt my hands!
I lost my parents over 20 years ago and since working on her house, I feel I had a mother again and I was blessed to know her! God Bless You Marilyn!!

Don and Joan Downie

November 18, 2020

We first met Marilyn when we joined in social events at GM with her and Bob in our younger years. She has remained a life long friend and always a joy to be with

We have such fond memories of our times together which only ended after our move to Arizona -but we still reflect on joyful times together starting with Auto Air parties in early years at GM

Joanie and I send our deepest condolences to all the huge, large throng of the Mooney family which she so fully nurtured, loved. and now leaves behind

Kathy McGinn Pavona

November 17, 2020

Dear Mooney Family:
I want to offer my most sincere condolences on the passing of your Mother.
I would often see her at Mass and she frequently greeted me with….........“Well hello Jack McGinn’s daughter”! I always found that endearing.
My Father had retired to Florida over 30 years ago and when he passed, we had a memorial service here at Saint Thomas Aquinas. I found it very heartwarming that your Mother attended and offered her support and respect.
Saturday’s 4:30 pm. Mass at St. Thomas will now have an empty seat, but we know she will always be present as she watches over us.

Warmest Regards, Kathy McGinn Pavona

Patrick Sipiala

November 16, 2020

I graduated from St, Andrew high school class of 1948 with Irma Marilyn Holcomb & Bob Mooney, When I heard that Irma Marilyn had her heart attack , I felt blessed that we had a chance to talk on the phone we had a good conversation , I told her that I was praying for her comfort & peace, I believe that she is in heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ & reunited with her husband Bob,
Love & prayers for all the family, Mary Helen Lawler Sipiala

Bob Walton

November 16, 2020

I have early childhood memories of Irma at family gatherings in Saginaw. As a child I liked her immediately.

She must have made a strong impression on me; four decades later, by happenstance, I saw her in an East Lansing Grocery and recognized her.

She treated me kindly, took me to her home and fed me pastries. I now understand that was her kind habit. I felt graced to know her.


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