Marilyn E. Van Grevenhof, 92

Published 7:01 am Sunday, December 13, 2015



Marilyn E. Van Grevenhof, 92, died peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, at the Cottagewood Senior Community in Rochester, Minnesota.

Marilyn Van Grevenhof was born Sept. 8, 1923, in Astoria, Oregon, to Odin and Ester (Maarstad) Sorose. Her family moved to the Osage, Iowa, area when she was a small child. She graduated from Osage High School and continued her college education at Hamilton College in Mason City, Iowa. With her beautiful voice she was always called upon to sing for special occasions. After finishing her education, Marilyn moved to Austin, Minnesota, where she worked in the Hormel business office. She met Clarence Van Grevenhof who also worked at the Hormel and they were married in Sept. 12, 1953. With her love of singing she joined Sweet Adeline’s. She enjoyed refinishing antique furniture, sewing and singing. Clarence and Marilyn loved to travel in their Airstream after they retired. They lived in Oregon, Utah, and Arizona. When deciding to put down roots again, they moved back to Rochester, Minnesota. She became an active member of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and the Rachel circle. Marilyn was a member of the Rochester Senior Center and she loved to sew crafts for the gift shop. She was an active member of the “Young at Hearts” singing group. She developed an interest for genealogy and began researching her family history.

Marilyn is survived by her step-sons: Vernon (Gerry) Van Grevenhof of Londonderry, New Hampshire, Del (Priscilla) Van Grevenhof of Rochester, Minnesota; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

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She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband.

A small family graveside service will be held at the Oakwood Cemetery at 11 a.m., on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Memorials are preferred to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or Mayo Clinic Hospice. Mahn Family Funeral Home – Rochester Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.