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Marilyn Mina Hartland

January 7, 1935July 5, 2020

It is with great sadness; we announce the passing of Marilyn Mina Hartland. She was born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada on January 7th, 1935, and passed away peacefully on July 5th, 2020.

Marilyn was a loving wife, proud mother of four children, Grandmother of nine, and three Great Grandchildren.

Marilyn spent her early childhood, years 1 to 5 in northern Ontario Canada’s Cline Mining Country living in a log cabin where dog sleds were used for transportation and ice skating on Pine Lake was the recreation. At age 5 she went to live in Sault Ste Marie Canada with her grandmother as it was time to begin kindergarten.

Her younger sister Geraldine and parents August and Marie Tedesco Kari, stayed behind a while longer earning money to build a house in Sault Ste Marie. It was just after the depression when money and jobs were scarce. In order to make a living her Dad worked in the gold mines as the diamond driller who followed the “motherlode”. By age 11, Marilyn and the family migrated to the United States leaving Canada by train filled with returning soldiers from WWII. Sponsored by Finnish relatives in Ashland Wisconsin life was good. They moved to Milwaukee where younger sister Jayne was born. Around 1950 they finally settled in Williamsville NY, an up and coming suburb of Buffalo where Marilyn graduated high school. Marilyn met the love of her life, Jack Hartland, while working as a legal secretary in downtown Buffalo at the Liberty Bank Building. Jack and Lynn married in 1956.

As the oldest of three, Marilyn was known for watching out for her sisters, and that bond lasted until she was called home.

Jack’s occupation with General Motors for over twenty years kept them moving across the East Coast. Some cities where Marilyn and Jack raised their kids, and met some of their lifelong friends include, Buffalo, NY, Huntington, WV, Cincinnati, OH, Jacksonville, FL, Waterford, MI, and Houston, TX in 1975.

General Motors didn’t lead them to Texas, it was an opportunity in 1975 to become a partner in the computer payroll industry. Marilyn and Jack had a great partnership as parents raising a family of four so they took a leap of faith when Jack became a founding partner of the Paychex team lead by CEO Tom Golisano headquartered in Rochester NY, representing Houston and Dallas. Marilyn working alongside Jack, helped make PAYCHEX a national corporation listed on the NASDAQ by the early eighties. When Jack retired in the early eighties, they traveled the world, and experienced many different cultures. When they were not traveling, Marilyn and Jack were well known for throwing many get togethers in their neighborhood, while they belonged to a lively Gourmet dinner club.

After Jack’s passing in 1990, Marilyn’s center of focus was watching the next generations grow around her, developing into young adults, with the same standards and expectations she demanded from raising her own children.

Marilyn was a Breast Cancer survivor, managed Type 2 Diabetes, and in November, 2019 she was given the news she had to fight cancer again. She partnered with MD Anderson to fight this aggressive form of cancer, going through COVID-19 on top of everything she had to deal with, remained positive, until she lost her fight.

Our mother, was extremely moved by this simple eulogy poem, that she wants to have read at her service:

“Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.” --- Laura Ingalls Wilder----

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents August and Marie Tedesco Kari, devoted husband Jack Hartland. She is survived by her sisters Geraldine Arquit McIIwain and Jayne Maahs. Her four children Tim (Karen) Hartland, Sharon (Roger) Holland, Kevin (Debbie)Hartland, and Jonathan Hartland, her nine Grandchildren, Roger, Jack, Jacob, Shariann, Danielle, Jaclyn, Nicholas, James, Joseph, and her Great Grandchildren, Ameerah, Chandler and Bree.

Private graveside services will be held at Memorial Oaks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in the memory of Marilyn M. Hartland to any cancer foundation.

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  • In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in the memory of Marilyn M. Hartland to any cancer foundation.


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Elizabeth Maahs-Iding

July 18, 2020

Auntie Lynn was a vibrant woman, and as my mom said, a fun Auntie!  I have such fond memories of visiting as a kid, swimming around in the glorious maze of bubbles she made in the pool, going on girls' shopping trips, and enjoying her home cooked meals full of laughter and gratitude for being together, though we lived far apart.  She had wonderful wit and style, and a fierce love for her family. 

Sending love and prayers for peace in the hearts of all who are mourning the great loss of beautiful Auntie Lynn.

Betty Kelly

July 10, 2020

I lived across the street from Lynn for 12 years and our friendship just blossomed. We had so much fun celebrating birthdays, going to movies, she loved Bunco and bridge. She had the best laugh and most beautiful smile. I am sad to look out my front window and see her beautiful home all closed up,
What a beautiful family she leaves behind. Her children were by her side every day during her illness.
I will miss you my friend, I know I will see you again. Love, Betty Kelly

Kari Reinke

July 9, 2020

I will always cherish the memories of our families spending time together growing up in Michigan, Florida and Texas whether it was for Christmas' or Thanksgivings or Birthdays, we always had a wonderful time together with Auntie Lynn's delicious food and Uncle Jack's humor, the best of times! I looked up to my Auntie Lynn as she was a role model to me of a classy, beautiful, smart, funny, talented, honest & witty wife and mother and just a beautiful person! (My Mother named me after her, Lynn Kari >> Kari Lynn) I will miss having her in my life as in the past 56 years but I know that we will all see one another again and with this, I feel peace. Wishing the family peace as well in this difficult time.
Love always, Kari Lynn
I am sharing one of my favorite pictures...

Geraldine McIlwain

July 8, 2020

Lynnie and I shared our lives in our youth and as a Moms to our children. She was my big sister, friend and confidante. Her advise to me wasn’t always what I wanted to hear but mostly, I accepted her wise advise! Lynn, Jayne, and I tried very hard to always spend special times together with our children as we grew in numbers and the miles separated us. Those weddings, holidays, and vacation times are forever in our hearts. Our “Family Love” will remain forever!

Michelle Maahs-Pastore

July 8, 2020

I'll always remember my Auntie Lynn as a beautiful woman with a lot of class and style, but what I'll remember most is her strength and great love for her family. All of us felt her love with her interest in our lives and families. She had a good sense of humor and showed her love for us all in so many ways, her hospitality, her food and her hugs!!!
I love you Auntie Lynn and send my love to Uncle Jack.
Love and Hugs to All of my dear Cousins. I wish I could be with you.
--Michelle, Bill & Valerie

Mandy Taylor

July 8, 2020

Sending hugs and condolences to the Hartland Family, we have know Jonathan for many years.
We are thinking about all of you at this time.
You are all in our hearts and prayers!!

Mandy, Rafi, Odessa, Jackie, Michelle , Connie, and Sonia
with MyBodyMD

Mary Lawrence

July 8, 2020

I truly loved reading Lynn's obituary. ( Whoever wrote it did a phenomenal job.) It never fails to amaze me how much we do not know about one another. I would have loved to know her better.

Mary Lawrence

July 8, 2020

Lynn was always fun to be around. We missed her at Bunco., and were sad when she decided to give it up.
She and I shared a great love of Cosco's shrimp salad.

Jayne Maahs

July 7, 2020

So much to say.....Lynn was a wonderful caring big Sis to me from the start. Fun Auntie to my children, Sister in Law to my husband. I was blessed to have her in my life for so long. I will miss her many phone calls and emails which took the place of plane trips and vacations in our later years.
Her love will remain with me forever.

Ray Miron

July 6, 2020

remember the trips to St Joseph Island and my parents camp at BeachBeach...not sure which of you kids was conceived there but it was a topic at reunions when we all got together.Lynn and Jack had place to themselves for a few days. loved when they came to visit and when I visited in Jacksonville FL. on way to Daytona 500 .RIP my sweet cousin only regret is this virus prevented our planned trip to Houston this April to see you and all of the kids
. thinking of you all love Ray and Judy