Marlene Gilje, age 75, of Rolette, ND passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Rolette Community Care Center, Rolette, ND.
Marlene Twila Gilje was born on September 15, 1939 to John and Alma (Ramberg) Sveum in Rugby, ND. She grew up in Rugby and completed her education there as well. Marlene was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Gilje on June 12, 1960 in Rugby, ND. Together they raised three children, Steven, Andrew, and Christine. Marlene was a wonderful homemaker throughout the years and also worked in Rugby through high school and for a short time at the Rolette Care Center and Tastee Freeze in Rolette. Marlene was a member of the State Auxiliary for many years, as well as president for two years. She and Bob traveled to many destinations for the Auxiliary and for the Soil Conservation Board. Marlene enjoyed reading and playing scrabble, along with working on jigsaw puzzles and watching John Wayne movies. She was an avid Yankees fan and loved time spent with her grandchildren. Marlene will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her family members and many friends.
Marlene is survived by her husband of 55 years, Robert Gilje of Rolette; sons, Steven (Joellen) of Rolette and Andrew (Megan) of Rolette; daughter, Christine Gilje of Rugby; four grandchildren, James, Sonja, Lauren, and Lynn; brother, Archie Sveum of Jamestown; and sister, Lorraine Ekren of Rugby.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Alma Sveum, brothers, Merlin and Rolland Sveum, and sister, Elda Mae Tuchscherer.
Casket Bearers are Jim Tuchscherer, Tim Tuchscherer, Rodney Ekren, Errol Gilje, Dwight Gilje, and Jay Myhre.
Lavonne Ivey, pianist.
A visitation will be from 4 PM to 7 PM on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Valle Lutheran Church, Rolette, ND with a Prayer Service at 7 PM. Funeral Services will be Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 10 AM in the church with Pastor Don Short officiating. Burial will follow in Westland Cemetery, Rolette, ND.
Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND.
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