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Josephine Mary Marshall

Josephine Mary (Carpenter) Marshall, age 96, of Litchfield, formerly of Grove City, died Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Emmanuel home in Litchfield.

She was born July 13, 1910, in Union Grove Township, Meeker County, to George and Mary (Roach) Carpenter. She attended rural school through eighth grade, and graduated as salutatorian from Paynesville High School in 1928.

She then attended St. Cloud Teacher’s College for two years, after which she taught in rural grade schools for four years.

Josephine married Fred Marshall Sept. 12, 1936. They lived on a farm in Union Grove.

Josephine took pride in developing her many talents: quilting, hat making, braiding rugs, crocheting, tatting, knitting, refinishing furniture, flower arranging, food preservation, baking, and gardening. She won many prizes for her work at area fairs and shows, and when asked, generously shared her interests through talks and demonstrations.

She was an excellent china painter who donated many plates with paintings of the Nordland Church for fundraisers at the church.

Josephine enjoyed local history and made many contributions to area historical museums, including Grove City, Paynesville, and Litchfield. She compiled a booklet about the people buried in the Union Grove Cemetery, and meticulously researched and recorded family genealogy.

In 1949, her husband was elected to the United States Congress, where he served until his retirement in 1962. During those years, they lived part-time in Alexandria, Va. Josephine developed her photography skills and took many slides of the Washington, D.C. area and on trips they enjoyed. She was often called upon to share these slides with community groups.

After retirement from Congress in 1962, they returned to the farm in Union Grove.

Josephine was a lifetime member of the Union Grove Methodist Church until its closing, and then became a member of Nordland Lutheran Church. She was always active in church activities, holding many leadership positions.

She believed in helping build a strong community and worked to establish the Union Grove United Fund, a Home Extension group, and “SWAPS” (Sisters With a Purpose Society).

In the late 1980s, Josephine moved to Litchfield, where she resided in the Augustana Homes until her death.

She is survived by two sons and their wives, Frank and Mary Ann of Grove City, and George and Carol of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; five grandchildren, Gwen (Willis) Chase and Kristine of Grove City, Peter (Michele) of Eagan, Kevin (Jane) of Minneapolis, and Andrew (Andrea) of Owatonna; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Josephine was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her sister, Mildred Kadelbach; and two grandchildren.

The funeral service was Sunday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Nordland Lutheran Church, rural Paynesville, with the Rev. Rob Kemppainen officiating. Interment was at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Union Grove Township.

A visitation took place Saturday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bethany Home Chapel in Litchfield; and continued for one hour prior to the service at the church Sunday afternoon.

Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

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