Obit: Kathryn Marks


Kathryn L. (Kate) Marks, 86, of Wilton, Iowa, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City. Mass of the Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wilton. Visitation was held prior to the funeral mass at the church. Burial will take place at Oakdale Cemetery in Wilton.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the Wilton Fire Department/EMS in her memory. Online condolences may be left at

Kate was born in Rowley, Iowa on Dec. 28, 1934 to Lawrence and Mildred McGrath Butterfield. She graduated from Rowley High School in 1951. Kate married Earl F. “Butch” Marks on Dec. 29, 1952 in Rowley. He preceded her in death on Aug. 7, 2012.

She retired from CDS in Wilton, where she was an accountant.

Kate was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wilton, and a former member of Wahkonsa Country Club. She loved to play cards and golf. She enjoyed watching sports, especially the Hawkeyes.

Kate is survived and lovingly remembered by her daughter Cindy (Jim) Gavin of Wilton; sons Brent (Deanna) Marks of Wilton, Curtis (Cathy) Marks of Dubuque and Jim (Angie) Marks of Laguna Niguel, California; six grandchildren, Jared (Carmen) Marks, Kyle (Brittany) Marks, Erin (Kyle) Parks, Amanda (Justin) Smith, Colby Marks and Sawyer Marks; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, sister Phyllis Polk, and brothers Charles and Lawrence Butterfield.

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