Marilyn J. Vlietstra, 84 of Birnamwood, died on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Mount View Care Center in Wausau.
She was born on December 29, 1933, the daughter of the late Alva and Ella (Lorenzen) Larkey in Iowa.
Marilyn graduated from Onslow High School in 1951 and worked on the family farm until she married Jacob Vlietstra on December 1, 1956 in Wyoming, Iowa. They moved to a Wisconsin dairy farm and raised their family. He preceded her in death on February 14, 1997.
Marilyn was a member of New Hope Community Church where she was active in many groups. She bowled in the New Hope Church League and was the secretary clerk of Forestville Cemetery Association. Marilyn was a 4-H leader for 25 years, a member of HCE Homemakers for 37 years and an election clerk for the Town of Norrie. She enjoyed Brewer’s games, feeding the birds, playing cards and going out for fish fries with special friends, Evert and Betty Kruit. Marilyn liked to do many crafts, ceramics, crocheting afghans for her grandchildren and knitting hundreds of mittens and baby hats for many people.
Marilyn is survived by four children, Roger (Karen) Vlietstra of Wittenberg, Tom (Dawn) Vlietstra, Mike Vlietstra and Larry (Jennifer) Vlietstra all of Birnamwood; ten grandchildren, Kelly, Matthew and Marcus Vlietstra, Rachel (Dustin) Bauch, Keith (Mandy) Vlietstra, Megan and Molly Vlietstra, Jordan Wolff, Alex and Mason Vlietstra; six greatgrandchildren, Gavin, Gracyln, Gabrielle, Kendyl, Olyvia and Haylie; one brother, Bob Larkey of Maquoketa, IA; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters and their spouses, Roseann (Warren) Roberts and Alice (Don) Burmahl and three sisters-in-law and their spouses, Myrna Larkey, Henrietta (John) Fraaza and Grace (Dan) Merriam.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at New Hope Community Church in the Town of Easton. Rev.Larry TenHaken will officiate. Inurnment will be in Forestville Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the time of service at the church..
The family would like to thank the staff at Mount View Care Center in Wausau for their loving care over the past seven years.