Elsie I. Marsh

Elsie Irene Marsh, 88, Minot, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in a Minot hospital.

Elsie was born May 3, 1925 on the family farm in Rolette County, the daughter of Alfred and Albena (Bauer) Biberdorf. She was raised on the farm and educated at country schools in Rolette County before graduating from Willow City High School in 1944.

Elsie was united in marriage to Lyal Marsh on Nov. 19, 1944, at Willow City. They moved to Minot in 1947, where they continued to live throughout the years. Along with raising their five children, Elsie did child care in her home for many families. She was then employed at Trinity Nursing Home as a dietary aide/supervisor from 1967-1987. She retired in 1987. After her retirement, Elsie did volunteer work for Dr. Darrell Williams and Trinity Hospital. Lyal died on Sept. 25, 1990.

Elsie was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minot, where she was active in Martha Circle and the LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.) She was also a former member of the church choir and had taught Sunday school for a time. Elsie enjoyed bowling, quilting, embroidering and reading. She was also a charter fan of the daytime drama, “As The World Turns” and watched it from its inception in 1956 to its conclusion in 2010. She loved to bake and was especially known for her delicious pies.

Elsie’s loving family includes: children, Carol (Gary) Jacobson, of Chandler, Ariz., Larry (Carole) Marsh, Maple Grove, Minn., Beverly (Terry) Kongelf, Minot, Sharon Lippincott (Steve Kottsick), Minot; daughter-in-law, Kathy Marsh, Brooklyn Park, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brother, Marvin Biberdorf, Minot; and a sister, Marilynn Adell, San Tan Valley, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lyal; son, Don Marsh; and brothers, Fred, Edgar, Walter and Otto.

Funeral service: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at 11 a.m., in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Minot.

Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Today, Jan. 7, from 2 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials: Are preferred to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall or the LWML.

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