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Marlys Mae Tolzmann, age 87, of Wells, MN died Friday, January 1, 2021 at The Shepherd’s Inn in Wells. A Funeral Service will be Wednesday, January 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in rural Minnesota Lake with Pastor Joy Bruder officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery following the service. The family prefers memorials to Mayo Hospice, The Shepherd’s Inn or St. Paul’s UCC. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is entrusted with arrangements. Please see brussheitner.com to leave online condolences.
Marlys “Bootsie” was born February 10, 1933 in Clark Township, Faribault County, MN, the daughter of Adolph and Hattie (Pestorius) Stern. Marlys attended country school until the 8th grade. May 31, 1951 she was united in marriage to Robert D. Tolzmann in Wells, MN. Marlys enjoyed raising her children and being a very involved farm wife and homemaker. Outside her home, she worked at DelMonte, the Golden Bubble, and Parkview Care Center in Wells. She was active in church guilds, and was a long-time member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in rural Minn Lake. Marlys enjoyed her card clubs and enjoyed visiting and attending any and all area events, playing bingo, journaling her life and spending time with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert (2012), son Wayne (2006), sister Beatrice (Harvey) Brandt, brother Merlin (Rosemary) Stern.
She is survived by her sons: Loren and Eileen (Indrelie) Tolzmann of Wells, Randy and Deb (Thisius) Tolzmann of Wells, Rick Tolzmann of LaCrosse, WI; 7 grandchildren: Mitch and Brooke (Smith) Tolzmann and their son Zander of TN; Christopher Tolzmann of Mankato, MN; Sarah and Marc Hamann and their daughter Emma of Burnsville, MN; Jake and Sarah (Ginger Barnick) Tolzmann and their children Hayden, Jayden, Leigha, and Jaylee of Wells, MN; Brenna and Zach Karbula and their son Christian, of Onalaska, WI; Maisie Tolzmann of Milwaukee, WI; and Hannah Tolzmann of LaCrosse, WI; along with her family at The Shepherd’s Inn of Wells.