Vedell, 79 of La Crescent, Minn., died on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at her
She was born in
Porter, Ind., on September 12, 1938, to Arvid and Ethel (Ross) Carlson.
On June 22, 1963,
she married Thomas D. Vedell at the Augsburg Lutheran Church, in Porter,
from Chesterton High School in 1957. After which, Marilyn attended Augustana
Nursery, where she met her dearest friend, Sharan Lunde. After graduating in
1958, Marilyn worked for a pediatrician in Chicago, where she enjoyed caring
for the infants, even taking them for walks in the park on her day off.
Marilyn and her
husband Tom decided to raise their family in La Crescent, Minn., after
admiring the beautiful region on through-trips. Marilyn loved caring for her
family, cooking delicious meals, participating in family game night, and
reading her Bible and devotions daily. Marilyn always took care to write
personal letters to her many nieces, nephews, in-laws, siblings, and
friends. She never let a special occasion go forgotten, and she cared deeply
for each and every one of them.
Marilyn loved to
garden and lovingly tended to her Angel Garden, which she created to honor
loved ones. When her garden was buried in the 2007 mudslide, she carefully
recovered all the angels from the mud, gave them a good scrubbing, and
rearranged them amongst clippings of various plants given by family and
Marilyn will be
remembered for her kind heart, supportive nature, and beautiful smile. She
will be missed by many.
In addition to her
husband Thomas, Marilyn is survived by her children Katrina Vedell of La
Crescent, Kristina Vedell of Washington state, Ken Vedell of Bloomington,
Minn., one grandson Brendan, her siblings Robert Carlson of Porter, Ind.,
Donald (Myrle) Carlson of London, Texas, Dorothy Crose of La Crescent,
step-sister Patricia (John) Ross of Knox, Indiana, and several nieces and
In addition to her
parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter Sharan Marie Vedell, one
brother Kenneth Carlson and one sister Betty Lee.
will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017, at Prince of Peace
Lutheran Church in La Crescent. Pastor Michael Woods will officiate. Burial
will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery, La Crescent.
Friends may call on
the family Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
In lieu of flowers,
memorials are preferred and will be donated in Marilynís memory.
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