Marilyn M. Heerdt, age 94, of Hector, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, November 4, 2019.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 11:30 A.M. at New Life Community Church in Hector, Minnesota, with interment in the Hector City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019, from 4:30-7:30 P.M. at the Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hector and will continue on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 10:30-11:30 A.M. at the church.
Marilyn Heerdt was born on April 2, 1925, in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Alfred E. and Ada Zarth Lundh. Marilyn moved to Hector in her early teens, where she met George W. Heerdt. Marilyn and George were married at the First Lutheran Church in Hector on September 7, 1947. Together they operated Heerdt Trucking and were blessed with seven children. They celebrated 61 years of marriage prior to George's passing in 2009.
Marilyn was active in her children's lives as a Girl Scout leader and attended their school and sporting events. After her children graduated and went off to college, Marilyn returned to school and earned her GED. She loved meeting people and learning about their life stories and was affectionately known as “Hector's Ambassador.” She was named Hector’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 2010. Marilyn and George could often be found at area threshing bees, auctions, sales barns, and dances.
Marilyn was employed with the Buffalo Lake Health Care Center and cared for others, returning there in the fall of 2018 when it was her turn to receive that special care.
Music was a large part of Marilyn's legacy. She was a gifted pianist, playing “by ear” and entertaining at many community events. Every family gathering ended around the piano singing traditional songs of Christmas and the American West.
The family was everything to Marilyn and she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Marilyn led a strong spiritual life and prayed every evening for each of her children and everyone in their families.
Children: Carolyn (Randy) Gregg, Jane (Robert) DeAustin, Timothy (Stephanie), Thomas (Rebecca), Jeffrey (Anne), Steven (Mary); Grandchildren: Kristopher (Cindy) and Michael (Kim) DeAustin, Dustin Dittmer, Tyler (Karissa), Sarah, Marcus, Christina, Jennifer (Curi Lestrud) and Luke (Katie) Heerdt; and her Great-Grandchildren: Ashley, Brady, and Olivia DeAustin, Emma Berntson, Luna Lestrud, and Allison Dittmer.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, George, infant daughter Cathryn, and sisters and brother, Lorraine Qual, Delores Monson, Marguerite Rynearson, Carol Jean Lundh and Raymond Tegner.