2014-06-26 / Obituaries

Marilena Casner

Marilena Casner passed away on June 22, 2014. She was born in Washington, Iowa, on March 27, 1912 to Bruce and Margaret Robinson.

Marilena attended Catholic schools her entire life and married her first and only love, Elza Casner, on Nov. 14, 1932. Throughout her life she was very active in her church—wherever they lived.

Her husband Elza moved her and the couple’s five children from Des Moines, Iowa, in the early 1950s to pursue his career at the Firestone Tire Company.

It was in California that Marilena gave birth to her sixth child. Marilena was a stay-at-home mom while raising her children and often cared for newborns for the St. Anne's adoption agency until the babies were adopted. After her youngest child started school, Marilena went on to pursue a career in nursing and worked many years as a LVN nurse for St. Francis Hospital.

The couple lived in the Los Angeles area until Elza retired. They then moved to a new home that was purchased in Mariposa in 1962 and proceeded to raise cattle and sell the milk to the local Mariposa residents while Elza enjoyed his retirement.

Marilena kept herself busy baking pies and having big family dinners once a week at the ranch house. She enjoyed gardening along with her baking and entered many items at the Mariposa County Fair, with hundreds of ribbons to show for her entries, most of them top winners. She was a very active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and was a member of the former Stitch and Bitch sewing club with various friends.

Marilena was proceeded in death by her husband Elza and her daughter Marilyn. She is survived by five sons, including Bernard, Lawrence, Richard, Dave and Donald Casner—and her son-in-law Pete Myatt. She is also survived by multiple grand-children, 35 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Marilena was loved by many and will be missed by all those who knew her.

A Rosary will be said at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. A Mass and burial will occur on Monday, June 30 at 11 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

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