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Marilyn Spitsberg

September 24, 1935 — April 22, 2021

Marilyn A. Spitsberg, a resident of Fargo, died Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 at Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo, North Dakota.

She was born on September 24th, 1935 in Dalton, Minnesota, the daughter of Arthur and Alma Anderson. She graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1953.

On June 11th, 1955 she married Howard O. Spitsberg at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Dalton. She worked as an Office Administrator with multiple organizations throughout her life ranging from the Arts & Humanities, Healthcare and Education. In their retirement, they enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their home on Ten Mile Lake. They also loved traveling and wintering in New Mexico.

When she wasn’t with her family, Marilyn was a dedicated member of her faith and community. She was a lifelong member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Dalton. She frequently volunteered for the church and the local Dalton Threshing Bee, contributing thousands of her infamous Swedish meatballs.

Marilyn was a spirited and passionate woman with a big and loving heart, who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. This was reflected in her devotion to the arts, music, reading, gardening and her faith. That passion lives on through her children, grandchildren and all loved ones whose lives she touched.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Orland and Roger and her husband Howard Spitsberg.

She is survived by her children, Reverend Scott (Tena) Alamogordo, NM; Tim (Beth) of East Grand Forks, MN; Dawn (Tim) Ekren of Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Tim (Rachel) Spitsberg, Mindy (Rev. Jeb) Archery, Matthew (Lindsey) Spitsberg, Richie (Lauren) Spitsberg, Emily Spitsberg, Alexander Spitsberg, Nathan (Crystal) Ekren, and Christian Ekren; great-grandchildren, Ricky, Jaxon, Baxter, Langston, Katy, Addison, Everett, Luke, Xavier, Caroline, Samuel, and Julian.

Memorials are preferred to Ten Mile Lake Cemetery in Dalton.

Visitation: One-hour prior to the service at the church.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Our Savior’s-Ten Mile Lake Lutheran Church, Dalton, MN. Please refer to the funeral home website and Marilyn’s Tribute Wall for a link to Facebook Live Link on the Shared Ministry Facebook Page
Clergy: Reverend Paul Snyder
Interment: Ten Mile Lake Cemetery, Dalton, MN

Arrangements are provided by the Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

Our Savior's Ten Mile Lake Lutheran Church

, Dalton, MN 56324

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