Viola Marie Marlow, 92, of rural Ostrander, died on Saturday, April 26, 2014, after having been surrounded by love and goodbyes from her family, and her daughter, Lori, by her side.

She was born Nov. 4, 1921, to Arthur and Marie (Seegebarth) Luedtke on the family farm near Lotts Creek, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lotts Creek.

As a child, she attended Immanuel Lutheran Parochial School.

On March 3, 1946, she married Harold "Pat" Marlow, a union that lasted 53 years. In 1948, they moved to Minnesota, near Ostrander, to farm and milk cows together for the next three decades,

She was a hardworking farm wife, loving mother and devoted grandmother. She loved to garden and cook. Her meals at the many family gatherings were legendary. She was a caretaker, whether it be her family, the birds outside her kitchen window or the menagerie of neighborhood cats at her front door. She loved her dog, Molly, and cheering on the Minnesota Twins, win or lose. She was a faithful member of the Ostrander Trinity Lutheran Church.

After 66 years, the challenges of age became too much, and she had to leave her beloved farm in October 2013.

Left to cherish her memory are four daughters, Connie (Steve) Overholt of La Crosse, Wis., Carol (David) Bratzel of St. Paul, Kathy (Rick) Gentling of Oronoco and Lori (Dan) Johnson of Rochester; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one sister, Anita (Melvin) Theisen of Fenton, Iowa; many nieces and nephews and very special friends, Herman and Jeanne Miller of Ostrander.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Nancy; granddaughter, Hannah (Bratzel) Johnston; two brothers, Edwin and Harold and two sisters, Verona Schmidt and RoseMarie Larson.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 2, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander with the Rev. Herman Bakker officiating. Burial took place the following day in Iowa at the Burt Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Red Cross or any veterans organization.

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