Marilyn A. Wilke


Marilyn Ann Wilke of Kasson, MN passed away on Friday, November 11, 2022 at Benedictine Living Care Center in Owatonna, MN at the age of 91.

Marilyn was born August 4, 1931, to Clarence and Hilda (Stucky) Stevenson in Old Concord. She was the second of six children. She grew up and spent her whole life in Dodge County.

She married Harold Wilke on October 11, 1947. They lived in Wasioja, where she gave birth to three children. In 1954, they moved to Kasson, MN where they lived for most of the next 67 years. After her children were raised, she worked in the cafeteria of the Kasson Elementary School and Kasson-Mantorville High School for a few years. She was later employed by the Hubbell House as a waitress for about 20 years.

Marilyn loved entertaining, especially cooking for her children and grandchildren. She was an accomplished seamstress, but her passion was decorating and redecorating in each of her homes. Most memorable will be Marilyn’s sense of humor and her infectious laugh.

She is survived by her daughter Janet (Mark) Erickson of Owatonna, MN and son Arnold (Mary) Wilke of Kasson, MN; grandchildren Karen (Curt) Hoffman of Brainerd, MN, Brenda (Eric) Raney of Edina, MN, Michael (Whitney) Erickson of Minot, ND, Aaron (Nicolle) Wilke of Kasson, MN, Benjamin (Nicole) Wilke of Sauk Rapids, MN, Andrea (Matthew) Rau of Forest Lake, MN, and Cassandra (Jesse) Busch of Bloomington, MN; a sister Margaret (Don) Christianson of Bella Vista, AR, a brother Roy (Jan) Stevenson of Rochester, MN; sisters-in-law Ruth Kelman of Richfield, MN and Irene Gasner of Owatonna, MN and 29 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband Harold of 74 years, infant son Frederick, two brothers (Stanley and Harvey Stevenson), sister Arlita Goodman, brothers-in law (Leonard and Harry Wilke and Jerry Kelman), sisters-in-law Ruth Wilke and Shirley Stevenson, and great-granddaughter Morgan Wilke.

Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, 801 7th Street SE, Kasson, MN with the memorial service at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville, MN following a lunch.

Blessed be her memory.

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Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes ~ 801 7th Street SE, Kasson, Minnesota.

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