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Marlys McCluskey


Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Marlys McCluskey

Marlys R. McCluskey, 86, of Rushford, Minn. died on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.

Born Marlys Rae Anderson on December 28, 1926, in Hutchinson, Minn. to Alvin and Olive (Benjamin) Anderson, Marlys was raised on the family Century farm south of Lester Prairie, Minn. She was proud that the farm has been in the family since 1856, saying, “The only people to live on the land were the Indians and the Andersons.” The land acquisition paperwork was signed by Abraham Lincoln.

She started her formal education in “country school” down the road from the family farm, later graduating from Lester Prairie High School. She attended St. Cloud State College, St. Cloud, Minn, graduating with a two year teaching degree in 1947, and later with a four year teaching degree from Winona State University.

Marlys’ first teaching job was in Rush City, Minn. On her first day in Rush City she met Robert McCluskey, a city boy from St. Paul, Minn. They were married on August 15, 1948. Marlys and Bob moved to Rushford, Minn. in June, 1963, as publishers of the Tri County Record newspaper.

Marlys was a teacher. She taught in Rush City and Rushford for a total of 43 years. She loved helping young people learn. One of her great joys was seeing former students succeed. She liked to keep busy. Sewing, cooking, baking, crafting and woodworking were favorite activities. She liked to travel, including a trip to the original family farm in Norway. She was a Minnesota Twins fan, her favorite player was Harmon Killebrew. Marlys was an active member in a number of organizations, including: Eastern Star, Federated Women’s Club, Legion Auxiliary, Red Hats, the knitting club and the birthday club. She was a member of Trinity Fellowship Church in Rushford. Marlys spent the last seven and a half years at Bremmer Suites and the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. The care and concern she received at both facilities was greatly appreciated.

Marlys is survived by her three children: Lynn (Russell) Drinkall of Winthrop, Minn., Dean (Julia) McCluskey of Winona, Minn., and Scot (Melinda) McCluskey of Clear Lake, Iowa; sister, Donna Lemke; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; 3 sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews, and some of the best friends anyone could ask for.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bob, in 1987; her parents; two brothers; two sisters-in-law; and three brothers-in-law; three nieces; and a nephew.

Marlys closed each day, with the words to an old song that Bob recited to her every night for forty years, “Sweetheart, may God bless you, angel hands caress you. While sweet dreams rest you, dear old pal of mine.”

The funeral service was held Monday, April 29, at the Trinity Fellowship ELCA Church in Rushford, with the Rev. Kristin Rice officiating. Burial was on Tuesday, April 30, in the Bergen Cemetery in Lester Prairie, Minn.

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