Marlyn Bartholomew, 86Marlyn Evangeline Bartholomew, 86, died Monday, December 10, 2012. She had survived breast cancer and strokes over the past 20 years, among other health problems.
Marlyn Evangeline Bartholomew, 86, died Monday, December 10, 2012. She had survived breast cancer and strokes over the past 20 years, among other health problems.
Marlyn was born March 1, 1926 on the family farm in Wilken County near Wolverton, the daughter of Alfred and Lydia (Schoeneck) Prieb. At the age of 1, she and her mother moved to the Schoeneck farm in Leaf Valley Township, north of Garfield. Life was hard for Marlyn and Lydia; they lived in a small house with Lydia’s parents and three uncles. She had to walk to country school and her religious lessons. However, she did finish the eighth grade in only seven years. In 1943, Marlyn graduated from Central High School in Alexandria.
While in high school, she and Les Bartholomew became sweethearts. While Les went off to serve his country during the war, Marlyn moved to Minneapolis where she worked for Sears-Roebuck. In 1945, Les returned from overseas duty in the U.S. Navy and was sent to advanced training in Chicago. IL. Marlyn joined him in Chicago, where they were united in marriage on June 16, 1945. The couple lived there until the war ended.
Les was discharged in October 1945 and the couple returned to Minnesota. They lived in Minneapolis for about one year. When Marlyn was expecting their first child, they decided it was time to return to the Alexandria area. A baby girl, Sharon, was born January 14, 1947. A second child, Mark, was born October 7, 1954 and a third child, Murray, was born June 13, 1957.
While raising her children, Marlyn worked at various bookkeeping and office jobs. During these years, she was also active in her church. She taught Sunday school, was chairwoman of the Altar Guild and participated in Women’s Missionary league. She was an honorary member of the Zion Lutheran Ladies Aid. Marlyn was also active in Girl Scouts. She was the first manager of the JC Penney catalog office in Alexandria.
Marlyn enjoyed country music, especially Charlie Pride. She loved to listen to and watch baseball and football games and was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins.
Her mother, Lydia Prieb; sister, Maurine Moske; and two half-brothers preceded Marlyn in death.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Les Bartholomew, of Alexandria; daughter, Sharon Trushenski and husband, Scott, of Spring, TX; sons, Mark Bartholomew of Alexandria and Murray Bartholomew and wife, Deborah, of Anchorage, AK; four grandchildren, Todd Trushenski and wife, Pam, Ryan Trushenski and wife, Julie, Chad Bartholomew and Marcie and husband, Scott Kluver; and nine great-grandchildren, Adam, Anna, Jordon, Emily, Madison, John, Kaitlyn, Emma and Blake.
A funeral service was held Saturday, December 15 at Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. William Moeller and the Rev. Terry Finnern officiating. Pam Anderson and Mertice Brueske provided music. Interment followed at Geneva Cemetery. Casket bearers included Sharon Trushenski, Mark Bartholomew, Murray Bartholomew, Todd Trushenski, Ryan Trushenski, Chad Bartholomew and Marcie Kluver.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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