Marilyn Sanstead, age 87 of Evansville, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at her home.

Visitation for Marilyn will be Monday, August 26, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. Prayer service, at Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Evansville, MN. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Funeral service for Marilyn J. Sanstead will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at Faith Lutheran Church in Evansville, MN, with Reverend Sarah Berglund officiating.  Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Evansville, MN.

Marilyn (Oglesby) Sanstead was born February 3rd, 1932, in Osakis, MN. Daughter of Vernon and Joyce (Abroe) Oglesby. Marilyn graduated from Alexandria High School. Marilyn met the handsome Lyle Sanstead roller skating at the Gangplank in Alexandria, MN. They married November 25, 1950. Marilyn and Lyle lived happily together in Evansville, MN, for 68 and a half years.

Prior to their marriage Marilyn worked as a bookkeeper at an Alexandria feed store, utilizing her shorthand skills.  Marilyn and Lyle farmed for nearly 40 years milking cows and raising crops. Marilyn was involved in 4-H club for over 50 years, both as a member and a leader. Marilyn attended the Women Partners in Agriculture Program and graduated from Alexandria Technical College in 1986. She worked at the Alexandria Technical College for 15 years, and at Walmart for another 10 years.  After retiring, Marilyn volunteered at the Evansville Art Center for several years, Marilyn and Lyle also sold Golden Pride Natural Products, and credit their longevity to vitamins. Marilyn was also a member of the Birthday Club for many years. Marilyn loved to make quilts and was active in the Faith Lutheran Church quilting club, Lady’s Aide, and Church Bazaars.  Marilyn and Lyle loved to snowmobile and were part of the ‘Old Fogies” snowmobiling club for at least 25 years.

Marilyn is survived by her husband: Lyle; four children: Kenneth (Paula) Sanstead of Hoffman, MN, Kathleen (Wade) Fauth of Grand Rapids, MN, Micahel (Terri) Sanstead of Evansville, MN, and Marlys (Kurt) Steidl of Alexandria, MN; nine grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; a sister:  Barb (Vern) Nelson; sisters-in-law: Joy Oglesby and Darlene Oglesby; and several nieces and nephews.

Marilyn preceded in death by their infant daughter: Jacqueline Ann; her parents, and two wonderful brothers: Lawrence and Bill.

In Lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Marilyn’s name at the Evansville Art Center. Donate online at or by mail to PO Box 68, Evansville, MN  56326.

Arrangements with Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Evansville, MN.



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