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Marian Furst

Marian L Furst (Pfannenstiel)

Friday, April 9th, 1954 - Friday, March 8th, 2019
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Obituary

Marian L. Furst, 64, of Dubuque, died at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, March 08, 2019, after a sixteen-month fight against pancreatic cancer. Marian was a loving and adventurous wife; encouraging mother, aunt and grandma; supportive big sister and friend; energetic teacher; engaged member of the Dubuque and Resurrection communities; and “practically perfect in every way.” She loved supporting her former students, quilting, playing music, biking and swimming, spending time with her friends and family, and eating chocolate. Marian lived a full and blessed life and was so incredibly grateful for all of you.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a wake service at 7:30pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am Tuesday at the Church of the Resurrection with lunch following at the Dubuque Golf & Country Club.
Marian, known as “Mimi” to her many nieces & nephews, was born April 9, 1954, in Dodge City, Kansas, daughter of Alvin and Catherine (Banks) Pfannenstiel. She received a BS degree in education from Northwest Missouri State, an MA in education from Ball State University, and a graduate certification in music performance from Clarke University.
On May 23, 1976, she married Kenneth Furst, her great love. They moved to Dubuque in 1983 and Marian found a community to call home. For the last 36 years, Marian has impacted many people through a variety of organizations, from teaching music at Resurrection for 16 years, to serving as a member of Resurrection Church, President of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Board, the Dubuque Chorale Board, Julian Dubuque Film Festival, GBGF Book Club, and Swim Moms, and volunteering at various schools. She also continued to support her former students by attending performances and encouraging their pursuits.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Furst of Dubuque; three children, Amanda (Scott Johnson) Furst of Minneapolis, MN, Sarah (Bjorn) Hill of Dubuque and Zachary (Dr. Hanna Zembrzuska) Furst of Iowa City, IA; grandchildren, Jensen and Anders Hill, Duncan Johnson, and William Furst.
She is also survived by four siblings, Marguerite (Chris) Hughes of Red Oak, IA, Teresa (Steve) Bryant of Lee’s Summit, MO, Steven (Amy) Pfannenstiel of Shawnee, KS, and Ellen (Wes) Gates of Leewood, KS, and her many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Paul.
To celebrate Marian, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Education & Outreach Fund or Hospice of Dubuque. We would also like to thank the many caregivers that helped Marian, especially Dr. Mark Hermann, Paula, Marguerite, and Teresa.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, March 11th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Monday, March 11th, 2019 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory
    Address
    2659 John F. Kennedy Road
    DUBUQUE, IA 52002
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    Wake Service will be held at 7:30 pm
  • Service

    Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    Resurrection Catholic Church
    Address
    4300 Asbury Rd.
    DUBUQUE, IA
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Gail Benson

Posted at 03:35pm
I just heard this and am very sad to hear. I used to play piano with Marian at Resurrection and she taught both of my daughters in school, along with directing their bell choir thru the middle school years. I had the pleasure of catching up with Marian on a Turkey Trot a few years back. She always was smiling and cheerful. My sympathy to her family and all who knew and loved her. She was a beautiful person inside and out.
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Mary Jean McKenna Reilly

Posted at 12:08pm
My condolences to you & your family. Marian & I were first cousins. Our mothers,Catherine & Mary Margaret Banks were sisters, so I have many delightful memories of family visits out West from Massachusetts in the summers. Marian & I were 3 months apart, so we were monthly dedicated pen pals throughout the growing up years. I so enjoyed sharing experiences & interests- music, school events, cheerleading & later life events- her marriage, adventurous travels, children news & grandchildren, marriages. I was so happy when Marian & Marguerite came to Sarah & Randy’s wedding here in Massachusetts recently! I treasure in my heart & memory our precious time & Marian’s special inspiration & spirited personality over the years. My prayers & thoughts are with you all.

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Mary Jean McKenna Reilly

Posted at 12:08pm
My condolences to you & your family. Marian & I were first cousins. Our mothers,Catherine & Mary Margaret Banks were sisters, so I have many delightful memories of family visits out West from Massachusetts in the summers. Marian & I were 3 months apart, so we were monthly dedicated pen pals throughout the growing up years. I so enjoyed sharing experiences & interests- music, school events, cheerleading & later life events- her marriage, adventurous travels, children news & grandchildren, marriages. I was so happy when Marian & Marguerite came to Sarah & Randy’s wedding here in Massachusetts recently! I treasure in my heart & memory our precious time & Marian’s special inspiration & spirited personality over the years. My prayers & thoughts are with you all.

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Mary Jean McKenna Reilly

Posted at 12:08pm
My condolences to you & your family. Marian & I were first cousins. Our mothers,Catherine & Mary Margaret Banks were sisters, so I have many delightful memories of family visits out West from Massachusetts in the summers. Marian & I were 3 months apart, so we were monthly dedicated pen pals throughout the growing up years. I so enjoyed sharing experiences & interests- music, school events, cheerleading & later life events- her marriage, adventurous travels, children news & grandchildren, marriages. I was so happy when Marian & Marguerite came to Sarah & Randy’s wedding here in Massachusetts recently! I treasure in my heart & memory our precious time & Marian’s special inspiration & spirited personality over the years. My prayers & thoughts are with you all.

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UI ISPO

Posted at 09:15am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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