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Marlene Solwold

Marlene Solwold

Sept. 26, 1932-June 12, 2013

The family of former Lake Park resident Marlene Solwold, 81, of Esko, Minn., wishes to announce her graceful passing on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

She was born Marlene Joan Kvilvang to Edwin and Ida Kvilvang of Lake Park on September 26, 1932. 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 on October 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 the Quartermaster Buffalo farm, which is still in op-eration.

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.

She 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, 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 Cait-lin 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 was from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 at the Hermantown Community Church in Hermantown, Minn., and continued from 10 a.m. until the start of services at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21 in Lake Park Lutheran Church, Lake Park. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet, Minn. To sign the guestbook and offer an online tribute, visit