Marlys Elaine (Heitman) Dose, 84, passed peacefully into the Lord's hands on Thursday Sept. 5, 2019, at Mayo Health System in La Crosse, Wis. She was born Aug. 26, 1935, to Edwin and Luella (Fick) Heitman in Lake City. Marlys was baptized, confirmed, attended grade school and married at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lake City. Upon completion of high school in Nelson, Wis., she married Jess Merlin Dose and they farmed in rural Lake City for 12 years.
After farming, Marlys worked in the Mayo Clinic's x-ray department in Rochester. She was instrumental with the setup and operation of the first CT and MRI equipment. In 1995, she retired from the Clinic after 25 years. In retirement, she enjoyed working for Farmers Insurance and Kwik Trip.
Marlys enjoyed being with family - especially the grandchildren. She was always ready to travel, attend a tractor pulling event or go dancing. She could dance a polka with ease, bowl a decent scoring game, and make a tractor dig in for the longest pull. Marlys also enjoyed snowmobiling and playing cards. She was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW.
She married Jess on May 26, 1953, at St. John's in Lake City. They lived their entire marriage in Lake City, and Marlys lived there until her move to Holmen, Wis., in 2016.
Marlys is survived by her daughter, Gloria (Howard) Burmester of Onalaska, Wis.; grandchildren, Jolie Miller of Homer, Alaska, Logan Brandt of Kirkland, Wash., Tyla (Ben) Martens of Woodinville, Wash., and Megan Brandt of Kirkland, Wash.; great-grandson, Elijah Martens of Woodinville, Wash.; son-in-law, Don Brandt of Kirkland, Wash.; brothers and sisters, Marlene King of Arkansaw, Wis., Doloris Heitman of Lake City, John (Karlene) Heitman of Nelson, Wis., Leonard (Jane) Heitman of Nelson, Wis., Beverly (Reuben) Bignell of Baldwin, Wis., David (Maxine) Heitman of Nelson, Wis., Dallas (Monica) Heitman of Durand, Wis., Donna (Jack) Barber of Menominee, Wis., and Betty (Ronald) Schmitt of Pepin, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jess; daughter, Nancy (Don) Brandt; and brother, Ronald Heitman.
Marlys donated her body to the Mayo Foundation to further the advancement of medical education at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lake City with one hour of visitation before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John's Lutheran School in Lake City would be appreciated.