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Marlys T. Stender, 75

Marlys T. Stender, age 75, of rural Winsted, died Monday, July 25, 2011, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

Marlys was born Feb. 6, 1936, in Watertown, the daughter of Howard and Lucille (Holmberg) Tilly. She was baptized in April 1936 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown; and confirmed May 27, 1951, at the same church by the Rev. N. William Anderson.

Marlys was united in marriage to Ronald R. Stender Dec. 4, 1954, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown by the Rev. N. William Anderson.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Marlys would often attend her grandchildren’s activities.

Some of her other enjoyments included sewing, crocheting, gardening, the outdoors, Minnesota Twins, crossword puzzles, bowling, game shows, and in her younger years, breaking horses.

Marlys was a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Aleaha and Holli Engle; parents Howard and Lucille Tilly; brother Ronald Tilly; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ruben and Anna Stender; and brothers-in-law Norman Stender and Louis Machemehl.

Marlys is survived by her loving family: husband Ronald Stender; children Randy (LuAnn) Stender of Delano, Cindy (Pat) Engle of Winsted, and Terry (Sue) Stender of Mayer; grandchildren Christie and Eric Hanson, Bethany Stender, Brandon Stender, Shelby Stender, and Joshua Stender; great-granddaughter Aleaha Hanson; sisters-in-law Della Van Stender of Lester Prairie, and Marvanna Machemehl of Winsted; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was Friday July 29 at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Township with the Rev. Robert Rupprecht officiating. Interment was at St. John Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation took place Thursday, July 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.; and continued Friday at the church one hour prior to the service.

Casket bearers were Terry Jopp, Mark Strader, Kevin Campbell, Joe Mahon, Jim Fritz, and Harlan Sundblad.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.