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Marion J. Stewart, 82

Marion June Stewart, age 82, of Dassel, formerly of Cokato, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at her home.

She was born June 28, 1928, in Stanley, WI, the daughter of George and Ethel Mae (Rodges) Wiethoff, where she grew up and attended country school for her education.

Marion was united in marriage to Orville Stewart Feb. 10, 1946, in Stanley, WI. They made their home in Cokato on the family farm, where together they worked the land and milked cattle for over 50 years.

In 2008, they moved from the farm to Dassel, where they have made their home since.

Marion had been an active member of the Women’s Legion Auxiliary in Cokato for over 50 years, and had acted as president for several years.

She was an active member of the Walker United Methodist Church in Howard Lake until its closing, and recently was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel. Marion had been actively involved in the church ladies aid organization for both churches.

Marion loved to work in her vegetable and flower gardens, and also enjoyed traveling to Arizona and other spots around the country. She was a wonderful cook and could whip up a meal at the drop of a hat. She enjoyed painting, embroidery, visiting with family and friends, her wonderful great-grandchildren, and especially taking care of Orville, the love of her life.

Marion is survived by her husband, Orville of Dassel; a son, James (Irene) Stewart of Dassel; two grandchildren, Brent (Kim) Stewart of Darwin, and Bonnie (Matthew) Nelsen of Cokato; three great-grandchildren, Dylan, Marissa, and Lacie Nelsen; and a brother-in-law, Norman Stewart of Cokato.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Larry; her parents; and two sisters, Eva Berg, and Lucy Stewart.

The funeral service took place Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Interment was at the Cokato City Cemetery following the service.

Visitation was Monday, Feb. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, and continued Tuesday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.