Marian D. Waldhelm, 99 year old resident of Little Falls, passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at the St. Otto’s Care Center Chapel in Little Falls. Burial will take place in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. Friends may call from 1:30-3 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Otto’s Chapel in Little Falls. Funeral arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
Marian Dorothy Miller was born on April 8, 1914 in Amboy, to the late Earl R. and Mae (Morgan) Miller. She was united in marriage to Wayne Grove on June 7, 1936 in Amboy. They lived in St. James, until 1940, when they moved into St. Paul. Marian worked at Gannons and Mickey’s Diner. In 1954, they moved to a farm near Royalton, where Marian was a stay at home mother who loved gardening and sewing. She made great homemade bread and canned lots of fruits and vegetables. Marian made a point of always donating blood for the Red Cross blood drives. She was proud of being a Gold Star Mother, as well as being a member of the American Legion, V.F.W. and Eagles clubs in both Little Falls and St. James. Marian moved back to St. James following Wayne’s death in 1970. She took care of her mother, Mae Jenkins. She met and married Russell Waldhelm in June of 1973, and together they farmed, later moving back into St. James. Marian and Russ came to Little Falls in 2003 to live the rest of their lives.
Marian is survived by son, Neal L. (Barbara) Grove of Enunclaw, Wash.; daughter, Jean M. (Mike) Clark of Little Falls; daughter-in-law, Sharron Kendle of Port Angeles, Wash.; grandchildren, Jim Jr., Wendy, Tammy, Leah, Joelle, April, Earl, Michael, Timothy, and Angie; and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Wayne Grove and Russ Waldhelm; sons, Earl Grove and James Kendle; sisters, Earlene Hager and Myrtle Lamb; and granddaughter, Tina Grove.