Marilyn C. Hayashi

Marilyn C. Hayashi, 72, of Waukesha, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, in the company of her loving family.

Marilyn was born in Milwaukee to the late Claude and Emma (Nelson) James.

The family moved to Oconomowoc when Marilyn was 5 years old, where she graduated from Oconomowoc High School in 1960. She went on to earn her degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She married the late Frank L. Hayashi in 1970 and together they lived in Milwaukee until 2005.

Marilyn worked for the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division for 33 years as a social worker in a variety of programs including young adult, family home, adult foster care and the dynamic acute care ward under the leadership of Dr. San Augstine.

She enjoyed 28 summers at her family cottage on Islandwood on Okauchee Lake, hosting many family and friends. Marilyn was an avid downhill skier, traveler, golfer and proud member of the Vagabond Ski Club, where she met Frank and many lifelong friends.

After her retirement, Marilyn went on to volunteer her talents at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and St. Vincent De Paul Society through St. William Church. Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Melinda (Hayashi) Perkins; son-inlaw, Mark Perkins; and granddaughter, Emma Perkins. She is known as “the fifth sister” and will be greatly missed by her loving sisters Jean James, Claudine (Elmer) Gandt, the late Charlotte Buell, Ruth Horn and Susan Frivold, and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church, W359N8512 Brown St., Mapleton, on Saturday, April 26. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with a Mass and burial immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested in Marilyn’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Doctors Without Borders, Angels-Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc or St. Catherine of Alexandria Church in Mapleton.

The family of Marilyn C. Hayashi would like to thank family and friends for their love and support. Deep admiration and respect to the staff of AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc and Dr. Charles H.I. Tiber and staff at the CSM Cancer Center.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.