Mary Sylvia Ulland Erlandson, age 90, of Marion, IA, formerly of Cokato, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Winslow House Care Center, Marion, after a long illness.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Marion, IA, with the Revs. Dennis Johnson and Kevin Jones officiating. Rather than flowers, the family recommends donations in Mary’s name to ELCA World Hunger Appeal or CrossRoads Mission (Cedar Rapids, IA).
Mary was born Feb. 16, 1920, in Warren, MN, to Selmer A. Ulland and Nora Bakke Ulland. She grew up primarily in Minneapolis, attending school there, and graduated from West High School.
She then furthered her education at St. Olaf College, Northfield, and the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, where she met her future husband, M. Julian Erlandson. They were married at the USMC base chapel in Camp Le Jeune, NC, May 16, 1944.
Shortly after Julian returned from WWII Marine Corps service, they settled in Cokato, where in addition to raising her family, Mary was very active in service to others through her church and several civic organizations.
After 49 years in Cokato, Mary moved to the Cedar Rapids-Marion, IA area in 1996, to be closer to immediate family.
Among many other interests, she loved singing, cross-stitching, and reading.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
She is survived by four children and their spouses: Robert (Linda) Erlandson, of Marion, IA; John (Kay) Erlandson, of Flower Mound, TX; Karen (Mel Clarke), of Redondo Beach, CA; and Carl (Linda) Erlandson, of Jacksonville, NC; grandchildren and spouses: Kirsten (Brian Bich) of Duluth, Karn (Kris Spence) of Portage, MI, Anne (Randy Brown) of Johnston, IA, Sarah Erlandson of Euless, TX, Capt. Adam (Tara) Erlandson of Enid, OK, Capt. Emily Erlandson of Savannah, GA, 2nd Lt. Andrew Erlandson of Omaha, NE, and Erik Erlandson, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD; and great-grandchildren Nathan and Connor Bich, Helen Spence, and Kieran and Ian Brown.
Online condolences available at www.iowacremation.com.