Marlys Tweten Schulte, age 91, of Decorah, Iowa, died Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Wellington Place in Decorah, Iowa. Services were held 12 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at Decorah Lutheran Church, Decorah, Iowa, with Rev. Elliott Malm officiating. The Schluter-Balik Funeral Home assisted the family.
Marlys Josephine (Lundtvedt) Tweten Schulte was born May 9, 1926, in Glenwood Twp., rural Winneshiek County, IA the daughter of Gunder and Olga (Skaim) Lundtvedt. Marlys was baptized June 6, 1926, and confirmed August 25, 1940, both at Pontopiddan Lutheran Church. She graduated from Decorah High School May 11, 1944. Marlys attended teachers training at Luther College and then taught rural school for three years. She married Selmer Odell Tweten on April 2, 1947, at the Pontoppidan Lutheran Church. Together they had nine children. She was a stay-at-home mother, taking care of her eight children as well as farming with her husband. They operated the Villager Drive Inn, in Canton, Minn., for 10 summers. She enjoyed playing cards, dancing and making silk flowers. Marlys was proud of calling every one of her family members on their birthdays and sending them each a gift at Christmas. Marlys was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Mabel, Minn. She taught Sunday School in Mabel and Decorah for 18 years and was also an officer of the circle group. After being widowed, her card club and singles group became very important to her. Above all, Marlys loved and cherished her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Marlys is survived by her children: Beverly (Gary) Stortz, Highlandville, Iowa, Wayne (Arletta) Tweten, Cresco, Iowa, Denis (Jolene) Tweten, Decorah, Darlene (Chuck) Dahl, Decorah, David (Jean) Tweten, Decorah, and Randy (Marie) Tweten, Decorah; daughter-in-law Sharon Tweten Henry, Decorah; stepchildren: Ann (Mike) Monnens, Brookings, S. Dak.; Peggy (Jim) Hennessy, Waukon, Iowa; Jane Shulte, Olathe, Kans.; Tony (Deb) Schulte, Spring Grove, Minn., and Ray Schulte, Taipei, Taiwan; 27 grandchildren: Scott Tweten, Brent (Heidi) Tweten, Michelle (Mark) Borreson, Matt (Jennie) Stortz, Mitch (Amanda) Stortz, Melissa (Aaron) Lovstuen, Melinda (Dan) Christopher, Toni (John) McCabe, Stacy Tweten, Wendy (James) Baker, John (Rachel) Tweten, Jamie (Amy) Tweten, Jason (Tera) Tweten, Shawn Tweten, Heather Tweten, Amy (Scott) Courtney, Angie Headington, Andrea (Mike) Pepin, Aron (Brittney) Dahl, Ashlyn Dahl, Jenny (Chet) Wilson, Tracy Tweten, Miranda (fiancé Shane Hruska) Tweten, Tyler (fiancé Nicole Baumler) Tweten, Travis Tweten, Troy Tweten, Trent (friend Christine Lee) Tweten; 62 great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren, sister Arla Mae (Lester) Hjelmeland, Winona, Minn., sisters-in-law: Margaret Lundtvedt, Caledonia, Minn., and Marlene Lundtvedt Banitt, Albert Lea, Minn.; along with many nieces and nephews.
Marlys was preceded in death by her first husband Selmer Odell Tweten, parents Gunder and Olga (Skaim) Lundtvedt, three children: Larry Tweten, Shirleen Tweten and Lynette Tweten; grandson Michael Stortz, great-grandson Brady Stortz, stepson Michael Schulte, brothers Gilman (Gladys) Lundtvedt, Kenneth Lundtvedt, Earnest (Lillian) Lundtvedt, Arnold Lundtvedt and Oscar Lundtvedt, sister Agnes (Norman) Koester, nephew Darryl Hjelmeland, niece Shirley Darling, father and mother-in-law Theodore and Clara (Anderson) Tweten, sisters-in-law Ellen (Harvey) Tweten Berg and Mildred Tweten; her second husband Cletus Schulte.