Marlys Koenig Welstad

April 4, 1928 – April 8, 2019

Marlys Koenig Welstad,

91, Minot, ND, passed

away Monday, April 8,

2019, at Maple View

Memory Care.

Marlys Jeanette Hagen

was born on April 4,

1928, the daughter of Mel-

vin and Jenny (Nelson)

Hagen, in rural Hamberg,

ND. She was raised on the

family farm near Bremen,

ND, and attended a rural

public school until the

8th grade. She then went

to high school in New

Rockford and graduated

from Maddock Agricultur-al School.

Marlys received her

Standard Teaching Certifi-cate from Minot State

Teachers College. She

taught two years in a rural

school. While teaching,

Marlys met Fred Koenig

through his niece, Lillian.

Marlys and Fred were

married in 1949. They

took over the family farm

by Manfred. Marlys and

Fred were blessed with

three daughters. She was

also once married to Sher-

man Welstad.

After retiring, Marlys

moved to Minot. During

her retirement, she trav-

eled to Norway, Hawaii,

Nashville, Branson and

she spent her winters in

Arizona. She liked to at-

tend the Norske Hostfest

and the concerts.

Marlys was involved

with the Manfred Com-

munity Homemakers Club

where she learned many

crafts with her friends.

She was a member of the

First Baptist Church in

Fessenden, and then

joined St. Mark’s Lutheran

Church when she moved

to Minot.

Marlys was a wonderful

baker. She baked buns,

bread, caramel rolls and

kuchen. She enjoyed gar-

dening in her huge veget-

able garden, canning,

reading, word search puz-

zles, crocheting doilies,

knitting and sewing. She

spent many hours sewing

clothes for her girls. She

even sewed each of their

wedding gowns. Marlys

loved her family and

spending time with them

all. She especially enjoyed

teaching her grandchil-

dren new things.

Everywhere Marlys

went, she made lasting


Her loving family in-

cludes: Daughters, Shirley

Freeze, Murfreesboro, TN,

Frances (Ken) Kostad,

Minot, ND and Connie

(Richard) Oasheim, Ca-

valier, ND; grandchildren,

Darrell Freeze, Troy

Freeze, Ryan Freeze, Tif-

fany Freeze, Jennifer

Beswick, Lynn Miller, El-

liot Oasheim, Jared

Oasheim and Stephanie

Haman; 17 great-grand-

children; brother, Delmer

Hagen, Sheyenne, ND; sis-

ter, Diane (Edward) Brat-

vold, Inver Grove Heights,

MN; sister-in-law, Darla

Hagen; and numerous

nieces and nephews also


She was preceded in

death by her parents, Mel-

vin and Jenny Hagen; hus-

band, Fred Koenig; broth-

ers, Virgil Hagen, and

Sherman Hagen; son-in-

law, Darrell Freeze; and

sister-in-law, LaVonne


Funeral: Saturday,

April 13, 2019, at 11:00

a.m. at St. Mark’s Luth-

eranChurch, Minot.

Interment: Hillside

Cemetery, Fessenden, ND.

Visitation: Saturday one

hour prior to the service

at the church.

Memorials: are pre-

ferred to Maple View

Memory Care, St. Mark’s

Lutheran Church of Minot

or to the organization of

your choice.

Those wishing to sign

the online register and

share memories may ac-

cess the online obituaries

section at (www.