Marian E. Edquist of LaPorte, formerly of Chesterton, passed away on
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 at LaPorte Regional Health System, following a
lengthy illness. She was 93.
Marian was born on March 26, 1916 to the late Nels Peter Victor and Anna (Wistrand)
Charlson in Porter. She was one of seven children raised in the Charlson
After graduating as the salutatorian from Chesterton High School in 1934,
Marian went on to graduate from Gary Business College. On October 20, 1938,
she married Evar Edquist at the Augsburg Lutheran Church in Porter. Together
they had four children.
Marian worked as a legal secretary and office manager for several local
businesses in Chesterton and retired from Elgin-Honey Hill Corporation where
she was an office manager. Along with being a very active member of the
Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Chesterton for many years, she volunteered at
Porter Memorial Hospital for 20 years, served on the board of directors for
Mission Hills Memorial Gardens in Niles, Mich. since 1985, and was a member
of a local Pinochle Club and a Jacks and Janes Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband Evar in 1970; daughter Cynthia
Marimon in 1996; infant son Vincent Edquist; brothers Vincent, Alvin and
Vernon Charlson; sisters Elvera Peterson, Eleanor Benson and Edith
Martinson; and grandson Mark Marimon.
She is survived by sons Bert Edquist (wife Carol) of South Bend and Dr.
Daniel Edquist (Janice) of La Porte; son-in-law John Marimon of Valparaiso;
and grandchildren Jill Malings of Carmel, Ind., Eric Marimon of Valparaiso,
Timothy Edquist of Denver, Colo., Christopher Edquist (Leah) of Chicago,
Benjamin Edquist of Lafayette, Kelly Edquist of Indianapolis, Nicholas
Edquist of La Porte, Nathaniel Edquist of La Porte, and Kaitlin Edquist of
Visitation will be held on Monday, Sept. 7, 2009 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the
White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd St. in Chesterton. Funeral services will
be on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m., with visitation one hour prior, at the
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2050 W 1100 N., Chesterton, with Rev. Jane Aicher,
D. Min., officiating. Burial will be at Chesterton Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in Marianís name to Bethlehem Lutheran
Church, 2050 West 1100 North, Chesterton, Indiana 46304; Bethany Lutheran
Church, 102 G Street, La Porte, Indiana 46350; American Heart Association,
208 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604; and the American Diabetes
Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, Virginia 22116.
Condolences, photos and memories may be left for the family at
are being handled by the White-Love Funeral Home of Chesterton and Brown
Funeral Home, Niles.