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Marilyn Sieling

Dec. 11, 1925-Feb. 10, 2012

Marilyn Joyce Sieling, 86, of Detroit Lakes, passed away Friday, February 10, 2012, at the Oak Crossing Nursing Home, where she had been a resident for nearly 10 years.

Visitation took place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, followed with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, continuing for one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Audubon, with Rev. David C. Thompson officiating. Lunch was hosted at the church following the service for all to attend. Interment was made in the church Cemetery.

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Marilyn was born the daughter of Emil and Agnes (Carlson) Swanstrom on December 11, 1925. She grew up and attended school in Lake Park. She continued her education at Concordia College in Moorhead, where she enjoyed participating in the choir and studied to be a home economics teacher.

Following her schooling, Marilyn was united in marriage to Frederick Sieling on September 19, 1947 in Lake Park. The couple made their home in Perham for a time, and then moved to Lake Park, where they resided for many years. This union was blessed with 10 children.

Marilyn enjoyed her job as a home economics teacher in Audubon, where she taught for many years. Following her retirement in 1978, Marilyn and Fred moved to Big Cormorant Lake, where they enjoyed many wonderful years. During this time, they often hosted neighbors to play whist and to visit. Marilyn had a love for animals, especially her pet dogs. She was also an avid collector of tea pots and their place settings. Marilyn and Fred loved to travel and visited: Jerusalem, Australia, Europe, Washington D.C., Hawaii, and Arizona to name a few. Marilyn had a love for music and loved to play the piano and sing. Above all, Marilyn was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved her family dearly.

She will be lovingly remembered by six sons, Ronald (Mary) Sieling of Brainerd, Glen (Mary) Sieling of Fergus Falls, Bruce (Susie) Sieling of Audubon, John (Julie) Sieling of Detroit Lakes, Dale (Karen) Sieling of Glyndon and Kevin (Debbie) Sieling of Chandler, Ariz.; two daughters, Diane (Robert) Skistad of Detroit Lakes and Connie (Mike) O'Leary of Fargo; 28 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Calloway and Maxine Sieling; along with several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Fred; son, Larry; and daughter, Karen.