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Marlys Thorstad, 78, of Starbuck, formerly of Hoffman, died Sunday, April 8, 2018, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Marlys Ann Germundson was born on April 8, 1940 in Elbow Lake, MN, the daughter of Osborne and Edith (Lee) Germundson. She attended country school near Erdahl and graduated from Elbow Lake High School. Marlys went to work for Mendelson Egg Company in Elbow Lake for a short time.
While attending a dance at the Cats Eye, she met her future husband, Roger, and they married on June 8, 1963 at Ness Church near Elbow Lake. Roger and Marlys raised four children, Marlene, Brian, Larry, and Michelle.
Dedicated to her family, Marlys took pride in raising her children, was a doting grandmother, great-grandmother, and played an active role in the family farm operation. She will be especially remembered for “Grandma’s Milkshakes”, her peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. In her spare time, she was an avid gardener, had a love of old time music, and seldom missed one of her grandchildren’s sporting events.
She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, where she belonged to the Ladies Aide.
Marlys is survived by her children, Marlene Thorstad of Hoffman, Brian Thorstad of Alexandria, Larry (Mary) Thorstad of Evansville, and Michelle (Brian Sylskar) Thorstad of Kensington; 11 grandchildren, Bradley (Katie Long) Frovarp, Mandy (Derek) Korzendorfer, Kristina (Joseph Malone) Thorstad, Brian (Kylie Newman) Thorstad, Tyson Thorstad, Larissa Thorstad, and Nicholas Thorstad, Brendan (Amanda) Blascyk, Colton Blascyk, Doranna Blascyk, and Tayten Blascyk; four great-grandchildren, Kane and Dallas Korzendorfer, Brooklyn and Brinley Frovarp; a sister, Sheryl (Bob) Hocum of Alexandria; a sister-in-law, Carol (Ron) Ehlers of Elbow Lake; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roger; a brother, Ronald Germundson; and an infant brother.
Visitation: 5 – 7 PM Wednesday, with a 7 PM Prayer Service, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Hoffman, resuming one hour prior to services.
Funeral Service: 11 AM Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Messiah Lutheran Church, Hoffman
Clergy: Reverend Mark Mathews
Interment: Lands Cemetery, Hoffman
Arrangements by Erickson-Smith Funeral Home of Hoffman.
Online Guestbook: EricksonSmithFH.com