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Marlys Marie (Hoseid) Wilhelm

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Wilhelm, Marlys Marie (Hoseid)

Ithaca: Marlys Marie (Hoseid) Wilhelm, age 91, of 110 Eastwood Terrace, Ithaca, NY, died at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Keith Ziemba on Sunday, March 9th, in Russell, NY. Nancy and Keith cared for her in their home. She was born August 23, 1922 to Martha Christensen Hoseid and Carl Hoseid, owners of a dairy farm in the Township of Martell, Pierce County, WI. Her father, an émigré from Helle, Norway, was also a barn builder and building contractor. Marlys grew up on the farm, and attended a one-room schoolhouse. She enjoyed telling the story of skiing cross-country to school on skis her father made for her. She was proud of her rural and Scandinavian heritage. The salutatorian of her high school class, she attended the River Falls State Teachers College (now the University of Wisconsin - River Falls) on a scholarship. She transferred to the Stout Institute (now the University of Wisconsin - Stout) to study home economics, a subject not available at River Falls. Her mother's egg money from the farm and her own sewing work helped pay her tuition and living expenses in Menominee, WI, 27 miles from home. She graduated from the Stout Institute, now referred to as the polytechnic university of Wisconsin, with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics. She took a job teaching home economics in Chippewa Falls, WI. In Chippewa Falls she met her husband Arnold, married and moved with him as he pursued graduate degrees at the University of Wisconsin and Indiana University. From Bloomington, IN, Arnold, with his new doctoral degree, Marlys, and their first child, Susan, moved in 1951 to Ithaca, NY where he took a professorial position at Ithaca College. Marlys used the lessons learned on the farm and in her home economics training to frugally raise her family. A skilled seamstress, cook, and baker, she cared for her family and enjoyed a lifetime passion for reading, gardening, and socializing. As a wife of an Ithaca College professor and administrator, she was involved in the Ithaca College community for many years, developing many continuing friendships. After her children were grown, she worked for BOCES, caring for and feeding developmentally disabled children at the Smith building for 10 years. The focus of her life was caring for family, which she accomplished with a quiet determination and intelligence as well as a tolerance for missteps from what she saw as the proper (and Christian) path. A member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church for over 60 years, she more recently joined PEO International after the death of her husband in 2005. She is survived by her sister, Anna Mae Morrow of Redwood Falls, MN; her three children, Susan Kanouff of Nashville TN, Gary (Carol) Wilhelm of Ithaca, NY, and Nancy (Keith) Ziemba; and her beloved 11 grandchildren, Chris (Scott Chesney) Lang, Elizabeth (Pete) Boismenu, Kirsten (Jason) Myers, Lee Kanouff, Kelsey Kanouff, Hannah Wilhelm, Greta Wilhelm, Hugh Wilhelm, Adam Ziemba, Jody Ziemba, Eric Ziemba; and six great-grandchildren, Kaleigh Boismenu, Lexi Boismenu, Ben Chesney-Lang, Emmy Chesney-Lang, McKenna Myers and William Myers. Grandma will be missed. A memorial service will be held at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 109 Oak Avenue in Ithaca on Thursday, March 13th, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the St. Luke's Lutheran Church to support the Peace by Piece Quilting program or to your local hospice and palliative care provider.



Published in Ithaca Journal on Mar. 12, 2014
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