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Marilyn Rudolph Linton, 88, passed away Friday, July 29th at her home in Catawba Island, Ohio. Her son Terry, daughter-in-law Diane, and granddaughter Gwen Koehler were with her when she died.

She was born in Canton, Ohio, March 2, 1923, the daughter of William H. and Helen (Thompson) Rudolph. After her father died when she was 10, her family moved to Put-in-Bay. She was a proud graduate of Put-in-Bay High School, and Valedictorian of a class of 1940, one of 7 students. During the war she worked for Goodyear Rubber in Akron where she met her future husband John W. Koehler.

In 1972 she married Robert N. Linton of Toledo, OH. They spent 25 years in Linwood, Michigan where he worked for the U. S. Corps of Engineers. She was a member of the Linwood Civic Association, ran a summer recreation program for children, wrote the Linwood Echo and volunteered for many other different causes.

Marilyn’s interests included genealogy, gardening, island history, sewing, crossword puzzles, and games. She was also a member of the DAR. In 1994 she wrote “The Ballast Island Chronicles” a history of the western canoe association and I.L.Y.A. beginnings.

Family and friends remember Marilyn’s love of life and how much fun she was to be with.

She is survived by her two sons and their spouses, Jeff and Kendra Koehler of Put-in-Bay and Terry and Diane Koehler of Beverly Hills, MI, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Linton, in 2002 and her brother, Bill Rudolph, in 1983.

Graveside service will be held at Maple Leaf Cemetery, Put-in-Bay on Wednesday, September 7th, 11:00 A.M., with a reception immediately following at the Goat, Soup and Whisky, Put in Bay, OH.

Donations may be sent to Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, P.O. Box 25, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456.

Arrangements handled by the Burr Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Chardon, OH. Information and condolences at www.burrservice.com.

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