Marilyn Jeanette “Snookie” Sawatzky was born September 27, 1928 to Thomas and Helen (Elg) Kelley in Mt. Lake, MN. She was a graduate of Comfrey High School. As a young woman, Marilyn worked as a waitress at Kelley’s Cafe, which was owned by her family. On May 26, 1951, she was united in marriage to Harvey Sawatzky at Faith Lutheran Church in Comfrey. Following marriage she worked alongside her husband at Sawatzky Livestock and also enjoyed being a homemaker and mother of her 2 children – Tim and Lisa. The couple were also janitors for many years at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Darfur where they were members. Snookie enjoyed fishing, time spent at Lake Osakis and Nest Lake, and time with her family. She was a member of the Darfur Garden Gate Club, and involved in WELCA, as an alto in the ladies trio, and as the Financial Secretary at Bethlehem Lutheran.
Marilyn died on December 3, 2015, at her home in Darfur, Minnesota.
Snookie is survived by her children – Tim (Nancy) Sawatzky of Pennock and Lisa (John) Schumann of Darfur; granddaughter Stacy Olson (special friend Steve Hall) of Sedan; grandson Brent (Alicia) Sawatzky and sons Lance and Carson of Pennock; grandson David Schumann (fiancée Hallie Jenkins) of Eagan; granddaughter Mariah Schumann (fiancé John Minessali, Jr.) of St. James; granddaughter Emily (Jason) Leigh and son Myles of Alexandria; granddaughter Samantha Jeanotte of Pennock; sister-in-law Donna (Vern) Rich of Arizona. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, and husband Harvey in 2005.
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