Marlys Stumpf

Marlys Stumpf, 85, Mandan, passed away Dec. 20, 2017, at CHI St. Alexius Health, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was  held Dec. 23 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Nick Schneider as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Marlys Caroline (Nelson) Stumpf was born May 28, 1932, in Plaza, to Ben and Eldora (Jorgenson) Nelson. She was raised and educated in Bottineau, where she met the love of her life, Leo "Peanuts" Stumpf, while he was attending the Bottineau School of Forestry.

They married in 1951 and moved to Riverdale, where Leo taught and coached football. In 1958, they made their life-long home in Mandan with their six children. Marlys belonged to several bridge clubs over the years, was an avid sports fan, loved tending to her summer flowers and was so especially proud of her Norwegian heritage.

After Leo retired from teaching in the early ’70s, the two enjoyed their cabin on the Missouri River south of Mandan. Leo died Oct. 30, 1986.

She loved spending time with her kids and grandkids and they loved spending time with her because she had a sense of humor like no other.

Marlys will be very deeply missed by her six children, Mike (Julie) Stumpf, Bismarck, Jane (Ron) Ehlis, Mandan, Mary Sue (Billy) Kist, Bismarck, Ben (Renee) Stumpf, Mandan, Sarah (Chad) Berger, Mandan, and Annie (Marlin) Kling, Bismarck; her 11 grandchildren, Casey and Tyler Stumpf, Scott and Andra Erickson, Willie and Ben Kist, Gracie Stumpf, Lacey Berger Scott, John Berger and Sadie Berger, and Cally Eckroth Hansen; 12 great-grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren, Jocelyn, Brandon, Venessa, Chelsey, Shannon and Jessica.

Marlys is survived by her brother, Larry (Jan) Nelson; her sisters-in-law, Nancy Nelson, Lorraine (Dick) Froehlich and JoAnn Stumpf; and brother-in-law, Clem Stumpf; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo; her brothers, Daryl and Bernyl; her granddaughter, Leslie Eckroth; her daughter-in-law, Shelley Stumpf; sisters-in-law, Polly Barth and JoAnn Nelson; and brothers-in-law, Donald Stumpf and Bill Barth.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Care and Share in Mandan, or to the charity of your choice.

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