Marilyn Karlson, 73, Bismarck, died Sept. 19, 2011, at Triumph Hospital, Mandan. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, Underwood, with the Rev. Frank Schuster officiating. Burial will be held in Underwood City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck, where a rosary/vigil will begin at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Marilyn was born in Underwood on May 27, 1938, to Ernest and Eleanor (Stadick) Liebel. She lived in Washington during World War II, where her parents worked in the ship yard. After returning to Underwood, she attended school. She married Vernon Karlson and enjoyed raising her children.
Marilyn loved sporting events and was a Boy Scout leader for many years. She was an active member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church and St. Anne’s Altar Society. Marilyn later divorced and moved to Bismarck in 1984, where she attended the University of Mary and received her degree in social work. She retired in 2006 and began working in the foster grandparent program at Riverside Elementary School.
Marilyn is survived by four sons, Rich (Pam), Washburn, Wayne (Marcela), Lakeland, Fla., Joel (Julie), Nixa, Mo., and Jason (J’me), Bismarck; two daughters, Jean, Devils Lake, and Lori (Deland) DeCoteau, Bismarck; one brother, Dennis (Gussie) Liebel, Underwood; one sister, Virginia Jesser, Phoenix; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild.
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