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Marilyn M. Syverson

January 9, 2019
Estherville News

Funeral services for Marilyn M. Syverson, 82, of Estherville, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church in Estherville with the Rev. Dr. Dave Ullom officiating. Interment will be at East Side Cemetery, Estherville. Marilyn passed away on Jan. 7, 2019, surrounded by her family at Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville.

Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m., Sunday at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.

Marilyn Syverson was born on Jan. 29, 1936, in Estherville to Lynn and Eunice (Shultz) Weir. She attended Emmet County Consolidated School before graduating from Estherville High School as valedictorian.

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After graduation, Marilyn worked at the local newspaper. During this time, she carried on a long-distance relationship with her sweetheart, Duane, who was stationed in the Army at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. On August 31, 1956, she was united in marriage to Duane Syverson. After their marriage, the couple made their home in Estherville until 1974, when they moved to Duane's family farm southwest of Estherville.

Marilyn was employed at First Presbyterian Church. She also worked at Golden Sun Feeds as an executive secretary and was a proud member of Professional Secretaries. During this time, she also taught piano lessons to many local students. She retired from Golden Sun Feeds in 1996.

During her free time, Marilyn enjoyed attending polka dances, dining out, and traveling with her husband. She was a season ticket holder for many years at Okoboji Summer Theatre and enjoyed the weekly outings with friends. In 2001, her beloved husband, Duane, passed away. She continued to enjoy living at the farm thanks to the weekly Saturday visits from her son, Randy, who came to complete the "to do list"!

In November of 2016, Marilyn moved to Homestead in Estherville. There she enjoyed making new friends, playing cards and dominoes, and having a dedicated sewing/craft room. She also enjoyed the "perks" of town living.

One of Marilyn's favorite hobbies was sewing and quilting. She enjoyed the challenge of new patterns and choosing the "just right" fabric. She was always gifting her creations to her family and friends, including numerous quilts for special occasions.

Marilyn was a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church and served as a Deacon. She also was a member of the local quilt guild, her church book club, and Christian Women. In her spare time, she volunteered at the library and hospital gift store.

Family was very important to Marilyn. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whether at the farm, their homes, or on vacations together.

Surviving family members include daughters Cheryl Houseman, husband Rick, of Estherville; Brenda Powell, special friend Steve Wieneke, of Winterset; and daughter-in-law Leanne Syverson of Milford. She is also survived by grandchildren Ryan Houseman (Brittney), Rochelle Goos (Jordan), Travis Powell (Haley), Dakota Powell, Morgan Bode (Brian), and Dalton Syverson and special friend Shannon Rohlk; great-grandchildren Kate Houseman, Remington and Nellie Goos, Knox Powell, and Beckett and Briggs Bode.

Marilyn is preceded in death by husband Duane; son Randy; siblings Bob Weir, Betty Christensen, and Wilma Ellis; as well as parents Lynn and Eunice Weir.

In lieu of flowers, Marilyn's family prefers donations to the Okoboji Summer Theatre, Estherville Public Library or Emmet County Animal Shelter.



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