Marvelyn E. Leier, 74, of Esmond, N.D., died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at St. Aloisius Medical Center in Harvey, N.D., after fighting the good fight against cancer.
Marvelyn Ellen (Duklet) Leier was born Feb. 25, 1937, in Ulen, Minn., to Elmer and Mildred (Larsen) Duklet. She attended schools at Ulen, Twin Valley, and Crookston, Minn., and then she came with her family to North Dakota. Marvelyn attended school in Leeds, N.D., graduated from high school at Churchs Ferry, and went on to Minot State College, where she obtained a two-year teaching certificate. After college, she taught school at East Fork Township, rural Esmond.
Marvelyn Duklet and Jerry Leier of Esmond were married Oct. 15, 1958. They farmed in Rich Valley Township, eventually moving on to the homestead farm. On top of doing everything that goes along with living on a farm and raising a family, Marvelyn was active in the community and church. She worked at the Maddock Hospital, and was a substitute teacher, taught Headstart and kindergarten in Esmond and eventually became the business manager at Esmond Public School. She was the gaming manager for the Esmond VFW and many people will remember her calling bingo twice a week at the bar.
Marvelyn worked over 10 years in telecommunications in Fessenden, N.D., where she made many friends who provided wonderful support during her fights with cancer. She loved her gardens, her grandchildren, all sports (especially football!), and trips to the casino.
She is survived by: her husband Jerry; their four children, Paula (Steve) Leier-Engelhardt, Green Bay, Wis.; Paul (Stacie), Valley City, N.D.; David (Charlotte), Bismarck, N.D.; and Darrick, Thornton, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Brittney, Michaela, Kaden, Dalton, Daniel, Christopher, Miriah, and Ryan; her sister Joyce Forseth, Halstad, Minn.; and brother Terry Duklet, Fergus Falls, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Mildred Duklet; and her brother, Daniel.
The family would like to thank the staff at St. Aloisius Hospital in Harvey for their care and support.
Mass of Christian Burial: Today, Dec. 1, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Esmond, N.D.
Burial: Church cemetery
Visitation: In the church, an hour before the mass.
The Nelson Funeral Home of Maddock, N.D., is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at (www.thenelsonfuneralhome.com).