Marian Western, April 13, 1938 - October 22, 2021, was the wife of Dale for 56 years. Raised in Minneapolis, MN by Les and Mae Esterly, Marian was always more of a country girl, so raising three children on a farm near Rothsay, MN was a perfect fit. Marian made homemaking an art even before Martha Stewart came on the scene. She excelled at cooking, gardening, decorating, sewing, and entertaining. Marian loved horses and watching them race on TV, quilting with friends at church, watching NDSU football with Dale, cuddling her cat, Charlie, and every second she spent with her granddaughters, Bree and Sage. She cherished her first car, an Austin-Healy Sprite, and even when dementia stole many of her memories, that one remained! Marian’s greatest desire was to remain in her own home, and she was grateful that her daughter, Siri, could care for her until she died from a short bout with metastatic breast cancer and passed into Jesus’s presence. She is survived by daughters, Kari (Joel) Malingen, Siri Western; sister, Blanche Ryan; granddaughters, Bree (Shane) Reetz, and Sage Malingen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale, and son, Grant. Interment will be held at Our Savior’s Cemetery in Rothsay, MN on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 1:00pm. All are welcome to join us. At the request of Marian, there will be no memorial service. Memorials can be directed to St. Paul’s Free Lutheran Church, C/O Quilt Missions, 2802 12th St. S, Fargo, ND 58103.

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  1. Sending you all our love and prayers. What a wonderful gift you gave your mom by giving her the opportunity to remain in her home until the end. The comfort of home brings rest and peace and you gave that to her as she passed from this life into the next. She was blessed with a beautiful and loving family! Hugs to you all.

  2. Dear Kari and Siri, Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, she and your father were my best friends. My sincere condolences.

  3. Kari and Siri,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Marian was a special family friend and a beautiful person. We treasure our memories of her. You are in our prayers.
    Karol & Duane Carlsrud

  4. Our sympathy to your family Kari .so sorry to hear the news at church.. our love.. Kevin and Sandy Watterud

  5. I’m so very sorry to hear of your mothers deaths. She is now in her Jesus heavenly home. Family of Dean Edmunds

  6. Kari and Siri, I just received word of your Mom’s passing. What a beautiful lady. Your Mom always made me smile. She was always so fun. You both carry on her beauty and dignity. My deepest sympathy to you. I wish I could give you a big hug. Love, Gayla

  7. So sorry to hear of Marians passing! Your parents were always so kind and are greatly missed at South Lida Lake!
    DeAnn & Jeff Smith

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