Marilyn Joyce Emanuel, 68, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at Tamarac Lake, Pelican Rapids.
Marilyn was born on September 2, 1949, in Devils Lake to Cyril and Anna (Pesek) Shirek. She and her 3 siblings, Shirley (Patterson), Kathryn (Vadnais) and Ken Shirek, were raised in Lawton, ND. After graduating from St. Mary’s High School in 1967, she moved to Fargo.
In 1969, Marilyn and Leo Gnoinsky were married and had two children, Crystal (Gnoinsky) Ames and Collin Gnoinsky. In 1977, she and Drew Emanuel were married.
After 34 wonderful years of working at Wallworks and Luther Family Ford, the remainder of her life was spent happily retired at their lake home.
Marilyn’s pastimes included camping, gardening, and making memories with family and friends. Spending time on her paddleboat “Hope Floats” represented her strength through cancer. Marilyn lived with passion and loved to color outside the lines of life. Whether she was tailgating at NDSU games or walking on the beach in Mexico, she was a constant source of light and love.
Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents and other loved ones. She is survived by Drew, her husband and best friend of over 40 years, her children Crystal (David Krabbenhoft), Collin (Leanne), and grandchildren: Anna, Hailey and Haiden. She is also survived by many other beloved family members.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM with a funeral service to follow at 6 PM, both at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo, ND. Marilyn will be laid to rest at the South Grove Lake Cemetery near Pelican Rapids at 10:00 AM on Monday, November 20, 2017.
The family wishes to thank her healthcare providers and Hospice of the Red River Valley for their loving care.