Marilyn Lee Schoenike

July 23, 1939October 24, 2018
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Marilyn Schoenike, 79, passed away on October 24th, 2018. Marilyn was born in Oconomowoc, WI on July 23, 1939. She married Donald Schoenike on January 3, 1959. They set off for military life. During their 54 years of marriage they lived in Washington, Oregon, Germany, and settled in Phoenix Arizona in 1961. While Don served in both active and reserve duty and served the Arizona Air Force National Guard for over 40 years, Marilyn vibrantly excelled in her own career as a paralegal. She loved her work and worked at several firms, but most notably at Lewis & Roca, for over 25 years, where she made life-long friends, mentored so many new associates, and gained respect from the entire legal community.

Marilyn and Don raised a great family, worked hard, and traveled the world extensively – making it to all seven continents, and too many countries and states to name. After Don’s death in 2013, she renewed a friendship and got engaged to lifelong friend Russ Fjeld, that also served in the Air Force with Don, and the couples spent years of raising families together. Marilyn and Russ continued the zest for travel. Marilyn also loved weekly bowling, family cabin trips, countless concerts-sports games-activities for all of her grandkids, serving at church, creating stained glass projects, and many parties and happy hours with countless friends.

Marilyn was preceded in death, by husband Don, and is survived by sisters Betty Kragenbrink, Lois Dahl, Patricia Bouton, brother Robert Morgan, children Michael Schoenike (Janine), Dawn Westing (Stephen), grandchildren Lauren, Kristen, Allison, Shelby, Rachel, Mitch, Luke, Claire and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A viewing will be held November 9th from 4-6 pm, at Shadow Mountain Mortuary-2350 E. Greenway Road, Phoenix. A church celebration will be held on November 10th at 11:00 am at St. Mark Lutheran Church-3030 E Thunderbird Road, Phoenix. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or a veterans association or a charity of your choice. Please visit to share condolences and memories for the family.


  • Visitation Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Committal Service Monday, November 12, 2018

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Pat and Rich Klauer

November 9, 2018

Our first encounter with Marilyn was 3 1/2 years ago. While riding on our horses by the cabin she hailed us down. Marilyn invited us to a Thanksgiving dinner on that June evening. Our friendship grew as if we’d been friends all our life. That’s the kind of loving and caring person she was. We will miss you Marilyn and thank you for introducing us to a whole wonderful group of friends in the PineTop Lakeside area. We will make a donation in your name to the Walking Down Ranch Veterans Village in Lakeside, Az.

Marjorie Park

November 8, 2018

So sorry for your loss. You know how much we loved your Mom. So sorry we didn't have more time with her. We will miss our dear and wonderful friend. Love, Don and Marge

carlos ontiveros

November 8, 2018

A great Loss!
We were good friends for ever.
Carlos Ontiveros

Cindy Morgan

November 6, 2018

Mike and Dawn,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Aunt Marilyn was wonderful. I will never forget how she came to Wisconsin to attend my baby shower at Aunt Pat’s house. I was so touched that she flew all the way across the country for me. Another memory is when I came to Phoenix in August of 1988 for the family reunion she had at her house. She took us to a restaurant called the 4 B’s. She told me the pancakes were the best. I asked how big they were and she admitted that they were on the small side. I ordered a stack of three. When the pancakes came out, my jaw dropped open. Each pancake was about the size of a pizza. Marilyn was laughing like crazy that she fooled me. Needless to say, I was unable to even finish one pancake. Marilyn was also my travel idol. Her and Uncle Don truly lived a full life and went to so many amazing places. I am so happy she was able to go to Paris earlier this year.

Cindy Morgan and family

Cathy Ryder

November 4, 2018

So sorry to hear about your loss. Aunt Marilyn was a very wonderful and beautiful person. It was such a blessing to have her as an Aunt, she always went out of her way to help others and always had such a positive attitude, we will miss her dearly, Aunt Marilyn will forever be in our hearts and thoughts.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Love always,

Marv, Cathy, Melissa and Brian

Melissa Bornbach

November 3, 2018

2017 Morgan Family Reunion :)

Mike Rall

November 1, 2018

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