MARLENE SOLWOLDThe family of Marlene Solwold of Esko wishes to announce her graceful passing on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
The family of Marlene Solwold of Esko wishes to announce her graceful passing on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
She was born Marlene Joan Kvilvang on Sept. 26, 1932, to Edwin and Ida Kvilvang of Lake Park, Minn. She graduated from Lake Park High School in 1951, where she participated in Glee and Drama clubs, cheerleading, and student council. Following graduation she pursued a secretarial career.
Marlene married her high school sweetheart, Don Solwold, of Hawley, Minn., Oct. 3, 1954. His military career took them to Great Falls, Mont., where they raised a family of five daughters and a son. Sadly, a tragic accident claimed the life of their son, Steven, shortly before his second birthday.
While in Great Falls, she served leadership roles as chair of local and city PTA councils and regional Camp Fire Girls organizations.
In 1969 the family relocated to Lakeville, Minn., and in 1973 to Esko. Marlene helped organize the Minnesota Peat Association, serving as its executive director and liaison to the state Legislature. Additionally, she and her husband established Quartermaster Buffalo farm, which is still in operation. Marlene was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2003 and remained at home in the care of her family.
In addition to her son, Steven, she was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Sydney and James Kvilvang.
Marlene is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Don; daughters Janey (Ray Noemer) Solwold of Baltimore, Md., Lisa (Hank Suerth) Solwold of White Bear Lake, Minn., Lori (Mychal) Franklin of Duluth, Julie Solwold of Los Angeles, and Sara (Lyle) Anderson of Spokane, Wash.; grandchildren Cristen, Kevin and Ryan Noemer, Ashley, Skylar and Caitlin Wilson, Tanner and Charlie Franklin, Kalena Nordgaarden and Jacy Towne; brother Don (Sharon) Kvilvang of Hibbing; sisters Patricia (Bill) Hodgson of Renton, Wash., Kathy (Jim Clark) Blacknik of Detroit Lakes, and Pamela (Herman) Washington of Seattle.
VISITATION: 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, June 19, in the Hermantown Community Church and 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, June 21, in the Lake Park Lutheran Church in Lake Park, Minn. Burial will be at the Lake Park Lutheran Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to the Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. To sign the guestbook and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com
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