Mary U. Erlandson, 90, of Marion, formerly of Cokato, Minn., died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Winslow House Care Center, Marion, after a long illness. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 23, 2010, at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Marion with Pastor Dennis Johnson and Pastor Kevin Jones officiating.
Mary was born Feb. 16, 1920, in Warren, Minn., to Selmer A. Ulland and Nora Bakke Ulland. She grew up primarily in Minneapolis, Minn., attended school there and graduated from West High School. She attended St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., and then the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn., where she met her future husband, M. Julian Erlandson. They were married at the chapel in Camp Le Juene, N.C., May 16, 1944.
Shortly after returning from his World War II Marine Corps service, they settled in Cokato, Minn. In addition to raising her family there, she was very active in service to others through her church and several civic organizations. She moved to the Cedar Rapids Marion, Iowa, area in 1996.
Survivors include four children and their spouses, Robert (Linda) Erlandson of Marion, John (Kay) Erlandson of Flower Mound, Texas, Karen (Mel Clarke) of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Carl (Linda) Erlandson, of Jacksonville, N.C.
Mary’s grandchildren and spouses are Kirsten (Brian Bich) of Duluth, Minn., Karn (Kris Spence) of Portage, Mich., Anne (Randy Brown) of Johnston, Sarah Erlandson of Euless, Texas, Capt. Adam (Tara) Erlandson of Enid, Okla., Capt. Emily Erlandson of Savannah, Ga., 2nd Lt. Andrew Erlandson of Omaha, Neb., and Erik Erlandson of US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
Mary’s great-grandchildren are Nathan and Connor Bich, Helen Spence and Kieran and Ian Brown.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
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