Marilyn Joan Ulrich, was born and raised in Humboldt, County Iowa; the daughter of Neill and Selma (Green) Ruse. In high school she was a beautiful Soprano and was in Choir, Trio Mixed Chorus and Duet. She went to many contests and won awards for her voice. She graduated from Humboldt High School in 1951. Marilyn was united in marriage to Earle V. Ulrich from Dakota City, Iowa on June 21, 1952, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Humboldt. While Earle was serving his country, Marilyn stayed at home in Humboldt and worked as a dental assistant. When Earle returned home from the service they moved to Sheldon, Iowa where she worked as a teacher’s aide for 24 years at East Elementary. Her Lupus made her quit before she really wanted to. She also volunteered a lot at St. Patrick’s School. To this union 3 children were born, Douglas, Steven and Mary Ann. Earle preceded her in death on April 11, 2010, Marilyn remained in her home until moving into Fieldcrest in March of 2018. Marilyn passed away on October 29, 2019 at Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, reaching the age of 86 years, 8 months and 6 days.
She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa and was a 60-year member of the Ladies Guild. She was also a member of the Eagles in Sheldon and the Sheldon Country Club where she even had a hole-in-one in 1982. Marilyn loved her pets and animals, flowers and rides in the rain, she enjoyed cards.
She leaves to cherish her memories her 3 children, Douglas Earle Ulrich of Superior, WI, his son, Justin and grandson, Julian; Steven Ruse (Barb) Ulrich of Ankeny, IA, their children, Parker and Lexy (and her friend, Nicole); Mary Ann (Scott) Jensen of Sheldon, IA, and their children, Tyler De Jong, Lindsay (Adam) Layman and their children, Kennedi, Chloe, Amelia, Annabelle and several nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life of 58 years her husband, Earle; her parents, a sister, Shirley Olsen, her in-laws, Elmer E. and Zulah A. (Stewart) Ulrich and many brothers & sisters-in-law.
Marilyn would like to thank her children and spouses, grandchildren and many great friends for staying by her side through the years of illnesses and surgeries and to her amazing friends that picked her up for coffee/meals. To St. Patrick’s people for bringing her communion when she could no longer attend mass. To Brenda her hairdresser, who tried hard to replace her last few hairs. To Fieldcrest Assisted Living, the amazing staff, for all of the help, care and love.
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