Marilyn L. Fjeld
Marilyn L. Fjeld, 84, Lake Mills, formerly of rural Joice, passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 at the Lake Mills Care Center. A private family service will be held at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church, south of Joice, with Pastor Kevin Olson officiating. Her burial will take place at Beaver Creek Lutheran Cemetery, rural Joice.The family requests that memorials be directed to the Beaver Creek Cemetery Fund, c/o Jerry Fjeld, or to Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church.
Marilyn LaVonne (Johnson) Fjeld was born April 13, 1936 at Thompson, to parents Arthur and Margaret (McClain) Johnson. She was baptized at the Thompson Methodist Church and confirmed at Beaver Creek Lutheran Church, Joice. She attended schools at Vinje, Twin Lakes, and Emmons, and graduated from Fertile High School in 1953.
After graduation, Marilyn was employed as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell, Mason City, and later at Jennings Produce, Hanlontown.
On Dec. 27, 1953 she was married to Glenn M. Fjeld at Beaver Creek Lutheran Church. The couple first met when they rode the school bus to grade school in Fertile. The first years of married life were spent living on Glenn’s father’s farm, and then on his uncle’s farm, until they were able to purchase their home place in 1965.
Marilyn was a devoted mother to four sons and a daughter: Gene, Jerry, Roger, Sheryl and Brian; and was an integral part of the farming operation with Glenn. Marilyn and Glenn remained in the country until June of 2017, when they moved into Mills Harbour.
Marilyn was active at Beaver Creek Lutheran Church for many years as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, and she held office in the ALCW.
In 2001, Marilyn and Glenn transferred to Winnebago Lutheran Church, due to Beaver Creek Church closing and relocating to Heritage Park. At Winnebago, Marilyn attended WELCA and circle. Later, the couple became members of the Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church congregation.
For hobbies, Marilyn enjoyed reading and traveling. She and Glenn had been on four cruises and traveled to Europe, as well as most of the 50 states. She was a people person, who could easily talk with anyone she met, and Marilyn loved waltzing with Glenn.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Glenn Fjeld; four sons: Gene (Jodi) Fjeld, Forest City; Jerry (Becky) Fjeld, Joice; Roger (Terry) Fjeld, Burlington; and Brian (Brenda) Fjeld, Iowa Falls; son-in-law, Tim Hanna; 14 grandchildren: Ceara (Ryan) Mullins, Garrett (Kylie Walker) Fjeld, Caitlin Fjeld, Dan (Amanda) Fjeld, Matt (Brenna) Fjeld, Cassie (Dale) Allen, Brenton Fjeld, Autumn Fjeld, Zachary Fjeld, Amanda Fjeld, Jacob Fjeld, Mikayla Fjeld, Chelsea (Gerit) Garbes, and Nicole Hanna; eight great-grandchildren: John, Luke, Megan and James Fjeld and Edith, Inga, Elin and Anja Fjeld; sister and her husband, Darlene and Jim Gremmer, Britt; brother-in-law, Jack Nelson, Albert Lea, Minn.; nephews: Jeff Gremmer, Mike (Rebecca Bingham) Gremmer, Richard (Kathy) Opdahl, and Dale (Linda) Opdahl; niece, Sylvia (Dana) Christianson; and many cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Margaret Johnson; in-laws, George and Amanda Fjeld; her beloved daughter, Sheryl Lynnette Hanna; a great-granddaughter, Rachel Elizabeth Fjeld; sister-in-law, Berna (Fjeld) Opdahl Nelson; and brother-in-law, Truman Opdahl.