Marilyn Marquardt

Marilyn Colleen Marquardt, age 86 and a resident of Prior Lake, MN, passed away peacefully, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, on Saturday morning, June 16, 2018.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, June 22, at 11 am, with a gathering of family and friends beginning at 9 am, at McKenna Crossing 13810 Shepherd’s Path NW, Prior Lake, MN. Pastor Diana Hunstad will preside, and her grandson and great-grandchildren will act as urn bearers. Marilyn will be laid to rest at a private family burial at Evergreen Cemetery, in Brainerd, MN. Memorials are preferred and will be distributed in her memory by the family.

On the family farm in Laurel, Iowa Marilyn was born to parents, Earl and Evelyn (Spence) West, on August 25, 1931.  She later became a big sister to Sharon.  As a young girl, Marilyn raised a baby beef (Costello) to show at the fair.  As it turned out, the Maid Rite restaurant bought her baby beef and it took a long time before she could eat at that restaurant again. At 14 years old, her family moved to Brainerd, MN.  A town they had vacationed at in prior years. From the sale of her baby beef, Costello, Marilyn bought a saxophone and excelled in band.  She became 1st chair sax in the Washington High School Band, where she later graduated. 

While in high school, her good friend Doris introduced Marilyn to Bryant Warren Marquardt. It was instant love!!  On November 6, 1949 in Staples, MN they declared their love to each other.  In the coming years, Marilyn & Bryant welcomed two precious girls, Terry & Jo.  The family settled in Prior Lake in the early 1960’s.  As a couple, they loved big band music and dancing.  Marilyn & Bryant enjoyed Friday nights socializing with friends, especially at the Prior Lake VFW.  Sunday afternoons often meant family time to enjoy homemade pizza, banana chocolate malts and watching the Ed Sullivan Show.    

As Terry and Jo grew up, Marilyn was a stay-at-home Mom.  She later took a waitressing job at the ElDorado Cafe in Burnsville for over a decade.  In 1977, Marilyn and Bryant bought a floral store they named after their girls, Teri-Jo’s Floral.  Marilyn operated the business in Prior Lake until selling it in 1989.  Retirement was not a word Marilyn knew.  For almost the next 3 decades, she assisted her daughter Terry in her appraisal business.   

In 1991, Marilyn lost the love of her life, Bryant. This was a huge adjustment for her, but it made Marilyn strong. She became very independent, strong willed and determined to continue living life to the fullest. She purchased a town home and renovated it. Over the last several years, Marilyn moved to McKenna Crossing. Here, she loved to play WII bowling and getting together with her friends and neighbors at happy hour! When time allowed, Marilyn loved to play cards, entertain and cook. She was an amazing chef and always on the hunt for a new recipe. Marilyn loved decorating and cooking for Christmas. A love for the game of basketball, she relished cheering on the Minnesota Lynx’s. But it was her girls, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that brought her the most joy in life!

The Marquardt family personally thanks the Courage Kenny and Abbott NW Hospital for their care and compassion during Marilyn’s illness.

Forever loved and missed by daughters, Terry Hack, Jo (Sue Collin) Marquardt; grandson, Tom (Leah) Hack; granddaughter-in-law, Linda Hack; great-grandchildren, Jonathan Hack, Will Hack, Lauren Hack, Charlie Hack; sister, Sharon (Clarence Taatjes) Fjelstad; many beloved nieces and nephews; other relatives and special friends.

Marilyn was welcomed home by her husband, Bryant; grandson, Brett Hack; parents Earl and Evelyn and brother-in-law, Chuck Fjelstad.

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  1. So sorry for your loss. Your mama sounds like a really super lady.

  2. Nancy and Joseph Knox

    She will be forever missed and forever loved by all who knew her.

  3. Mom & Dad had so much fun with Marilyn & Bryant. Mom frequently shares stories of them and the things they would do together. I have fond memories of them as well. There is no doubt that you have taken good care of your mother. Very sorry for your loss.

  4. May Tyrone AlfredGod grant you peace in your time of loss.

    Our Condolences to you Jo and your family.May God grant you peace in your time of loss.

  5. Sorry for your loss and at least you have great memories of a very loving mother

  6. Dianne & Dave Brunsvold

    I’m sorry for your loss & that we are not able to be to the service on Friday. I smile whenever I think of marilyn. What a beautiful lady! Blessed to know her. To know she is reunited with Bryant & Brett …& with her Lord, is peaceful. May her love & sweet memories remain in your hearts forever!

  7. Deanna (Hanel) and Barry Thompson

    Jo and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Your mother meant so much to our mother and she referred to her as her “best friend”. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. We are sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts are with you.
    Coco and Tom

  9. I was going through my contacts list today and came across Marilyn’s info and decided to look her up online. I am sorry to hear of her passing last year. My Mom, Doris Craig (nee Hoffman) grew up in Brainerd and was good friends with “Maid-Rite”. My Mom also played saxophone in the high school band at Washington (tenor sax) and I’ll bet that’s where they became such close friends. I recall hearing stories and seeing photos of the two of them and two other ladies who were all close friends, and I remember that they stayed close and in contact even in later life. I remember getting a letter from Marilyn years ago after my Mom passed away in 1998.

    My Mom had some tough issues in her life after moving from Minnesota to Chicago, and I often wish she had stayed in Brainerd and lived a simpler life, free from the corporate rat race. I really enjoy hearing about the “old days”, and even though this is an obituary and I’m sad for Marilyn’s passing, it brings a smile to my face to read this and think of the two of them spending time together as teens, playing in the band, and just enjoying a simpler life.

    I can say confidently that knowing “Maid-Rite” was one of the bright spots in my Mom’s life. (And I never knew how Marilyn got that nickname until reading this!). May God bless Marilyn and her family, and thank you Marilyn for being my Mom’s very good friend all those years 🙂

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