Marian E. Laust

The public memorial service celebrating the life of Marian Laust of Wadena, was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 1, at the United Methodist Church in Hewitt with Pastor Ken Uhren presiding.

Marian, age 94, passed away after a brief battle with cancer with family by her side on February 23, 2021, at her home in Wadena, MN under the tender care of Lakewood Health System Hospice.

Marian was born to Charlie and Lola (Coley) Melton on July 28, 1926 in Charlotte, NC. She was united in marriage to Charles Clifford Laust on February 14, 1945. She worked outside of the home briefly for Orrin’s Lumber in Bertha. Most of her time was spent as a dedicated homemaker, mother and foster parent to over 40 children over the years.

She loved her family, both those “down south” as well as “up north”. Family brought her much joy and she strove to make each member feel important and loved. She was especially devoted to her ‘greats’ as she referred to her great-grandchildren. She also loved her adopted family, those that proved over the years to be just as dedicated to her as related by blood.

She had many passions in life. She was an avid quilter and has made many beautiful quilts in her time. She taught herself how to carve eggs, creating intricate carvings into ostrich, emu, duck and other various types of eggs. She perfected the art of creating elaborate scenes on miniature eggs. She was a master gardener and loved showing off her beautiful yard with an abundance of different flowers. She also enjoyed watching the many birds dance around her yard, particularly the two pairs of cardinals that appeared each year.

Preceding Marian in death were her husband, Charles “Chuck”; parents, Charlie & Lola; children, Earl “Chip” and Brenda Laust; and son-in-law, Barry Klemek.

Memories of Marian will be treasured by her daughter, Robin Klemek of Hewitt; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Laust of Hewitt; grandchildren, Matthew Klemek of Bertha, Megan (Eddie) Dolezal of Bertha, Michael (Ashley) Klemek of Deer Creek, Shawn Laust of MN and Shane Laust of WY; great-grandchildren, Max Klemek, Lauren, Alexa, Claire and Rylee Dolezal, Ryan Klemek, Chris, Allison, Austin and Tiffany Laust of MN; sisters, Francis (Tankie) Davis of NC and Myra (Clyde) Simpson of FL; along with a host of family, friends and neighbors. Honorary urn bearers will be her great-grandchildren.

Burial will be held at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Wadena, MN.

Arrangements by the Schuller Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services’, Johnson-Schuller Chapel, Wadena, MN.


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