Marian Catherine (Niemann) Carlisle, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., passed away at her home Oct. 19, 2017, surrounded by her children and husband of 62 years.

Marian was born Sept. 4, 1932, in Portage, Wis., to Rodney and Catherine (Welsh) Niemann. She attended Portage High School and graduated with the class of 1950. In 1955, Marian married Dallas Carlisle and together they raised five wonderful children.

Marian was employed as a receptionist in a medical clinic early on in their marriage, but the challenge of raising four sons and one daughter required Marian to become a full-time homemaker. Marian was an amazing mother who was always there for her children, and attended nearly every one of their extra-curricular activities.

Dallas and Marian retired in 1989. After living most of their married life in Iowa and Nebraska they were ready to get out of the cold and moved first to Ahwatukee, Ariz., and then to Sun Lakes, Ariz. Marian was an avid golfer and over the years recorded four holes-in-one.

She enjoyed watching sports, especially football and golf, and was a passionate Seattle Seahawks fan. Marian was a skilled Bridge player, playing in at least two leagues a week in Sun Lakes, Ariz., as well as sitting in as an alternate for other groups. She also loved playing Bingo at the casino with her friends, and would play every Monday night.

More than anything, Marian loved talking about, and showing off, her children when they were in town with anyone that would give her an ear. She spoke often and at length about their accomplishments, their families, and how much she loved them and how proud she was of all of them.

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Marian is survived by her husband Dallas Carlisle; their sons Tim (Sheryl) Carlisle of Ankeny, Iowa, Steve (Tammy) Carlisle of Gilbert, Ariz., Chris (Louon) Carlisle of Seattle, Wash., Tom (Teena) Carlisle of Mesa, Ariz.; daughter Patty (Bob) Panzer of Lincoln; as well as 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents Rodney and Catherine Niemann, her brother Melvin Niemann, and grandson Bradley Carlisle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marian’s name to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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