Let the memory of Marilyn be with us forever. Loving you.....
  • 79 years old
  • Born on February 7, 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.
  • Passed away on March 29, 2019 in Palm Springs, California, United States.

Funeral tentatively scheduled at Temple of Aaron. St Paul Mn. Thursday 2pm.

Marilyn Joy Kossof Greenberg finally surrendered this week after a stalwart battle against lung cancer, bringing to an end a long life beautifully lived. We were gifted eight and half years since she was first diagnosed and every day was a pure joy.  Along the way, the 79-year-old trailed happiness and love as a magnificent human, wife, friend, super mom, baker, makeup maestro, candy fiend, Chanel connoisseur, and shining positivity ambassador to all she encountered. As she took her last breath, a smile of contentment was on her gorgeous face. Surrounded by her family, she was at peace with herself and the world. 

Marilyn is survived by Dean Greenberg, her loving husband of 57 years, and her children, Dana, Anthony, Drew and his wife Becky, and Brett. Butchie - her nickname, was a vigorous, bright-eyed, vivacious human with an abiding interest in Jewish causes such as Temple of Aaron Synagogue and Sholom Home. She was always a great friend and confidant with her four children, teaching them the ways of family, life and Judaism. 

Marilyn also led an active life beyond her family, traveling the world, skiing, biking, and lifting weights. Above all, she was a marvelous cook, her legendary meals a magnet bringing together the family for the holidays, year after year. Though originally from Minnesota, she also spent many years with Dean at their home in Aspen, Colo., honing her skills on the hills, having parties and enjoying time with family and many devoted friends in the tight-knit mountain community. Selfless and not much of one for the spotlight, Marilyn freely gave of herself to everyone, always asking after the people she met and their families.

Marilyn was born on Feb 7, 1940 to Alfred & Jean Kossof in Nordeast Minneapolis, Minn. She had one sister, Lori Bodin, who also recently passed. Marilyn grew up in the Minneapolis. After graduating University of Minnesota she became a professional make-up artist. In 1961, she married Dean, the first and only love of her life. The couple made their home in Highland Park, Minn., splitting their time in Aspen.

Additional survivors include grandchildren Rachel and Zachary Greenberg, treasured brother-in-law Steven Greenberg and his partner Linda Heinrich,  sister-in-law and friend Ellen Joy Fields and her partner Herb Morse, and nephews  and nieces Jaime, Susan, John and Cathy. 

A memorial service will be held Thursday 2pm at Temple of Aaron St. Paul. Honored pallbearers will be Susan Rappaport, Andrea Young, Mara Lawrence, Darlynn Fellman, Shelley Reichart, Abby Miller and Ruth Ronick.  The family will sit shiva at 7pm from at Temple or Aaron.  The family requests that donations in Marilyn’s beloved memory be made to Sholom East, Temple of Aaron, or a favorite charity.


Posted by Linda Trotter on 2nd April 2019
We are so very sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. What a wonderful person. We have many fond memories of her from Aspen. Prayers for healing to Dean and the entire family. Linda & Jimmy Trotter
Posted by Stan Heller on 1st April 2019
Dear Dean and family. I am very sad to hear of Marilyn's passing. Her wonderful smile and positive energy always filled the space she occupied. I know she will be missed by all who had the blessings of her friendship.
Posted by Glenda Ganem on 1st April 2019
Sending you our thoughts of love and peace and may your mother's memory always be a blessing to all who mourn.
Posted by Tony Greenberg on 31st March 2019
DETAILS: Friends & Family We are so honored to have you share final moments with us for Marilyn's funeral on Thursday. Our flexible schedule is currently: 2- 3pm Temple of Aaron St Paul 616 Mississippi River Blvd, St Paul, MN 55116 3pm Procession will take approximately 45 minutes to Lakewood cemetery. We have a family bus that fits up to 20 people and an additional bus for people without cars following, which will return to the Temple of Aaron directly following the burial. We return for Shiva at Temple of Aaron around 7. It's lovely to walk on the River Road nearby if you are looking for something to do between. Grand Avenue and Summit Hill are a wonderful place to stroll and see nearly. Hotels are best found on Hotel Tonight for decent deals which can be reserved and bought today for the days you are in town. Most people are staying in Minneapolis. The Twin Cities have a vital dining scene and wonderful museums such as the Walker Art Museum, Uptown for the hipster life, walking on the lakes is a favorite for all visitors. Dress WARM as the weather may be as low as the 40’s to 60’s in the day.
Posted by Holly Michael on 31st March 2019
Jere and I were so sad to hear of Marilyn's passing, she was a great lady and we offer our deepest sympathy to Dean and his family. Holly and Jere Michael
Posted by Jon Zats on 31st March 2019
To Drew,Tony & Dana, So sorry for your loss. Even though I did not know her, your legacy proves she was a great mother who raised wonderful people. She will live on though your conscious thoughts and good deeds. I wish you and your family well in this difficult time.
Posted by Diana Greenberg on 30th March 2019
Dear Dean, Tony, Dana, Drew, and Brett , I will forever have wonderful memories of the effervescent Marilyn. She always made me feel welcome and loved in the Greenberg family and I will miss her terribly. However, she will always live in my mind as one of the most unique women I've ever known. I'm so sorry for your loss and may she rest in peace! Love, Diana Greenberg
Posted by Charlie Tarver on 30th March 2019
kind. Marilyn always was, and in my world always will be . thank you for making the world a better place. love
Posted by William Mason on 30th March 2019
So sorry to hear. I have lots of great memories of Marilyn. She was a stylish lady. She had a great aesthetic. A sophisticated knowledge of art, interior design... epicurian with a fun side (She introduced me to pomegranate, halva, sour cherry on whole wheat..) These among many aspects of her spirit are immortal and live on in us... So many other wonderful things and places. My love and condolences. I will miss her, she had a lot of moxie. Peace on you. Wm

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