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Marlys E. Ingvoldstad
  • February 16, 1922
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  • September 24, 2012

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Marlys Ingvoldstad, 90, of Oviedo FL, passed away on September 24, 2012 at Florida Hospital South in Orlando, FL.   Born February 16, 1924 to Emma and Ole Ormseth, Marlys was the youngest of 9 children in the Ormseth homestead near Luverne, Minnesota.  Her father arrived from Norway by boat, and became a successful farmer.  Her mother Emma personified the strong Norwegian spirit of the plains. Marlys was a child of the great depression, an unspoiled and grounded student of music.  She graduated from Luverne High School in 1939.   She continued her education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, where she was a cheerleader and voted Homecoming Queen in 1943.  She was an accomplished soprano, even forming her own singing trio.  Approached by Lawrence Welk to become a part of his traveling production, she declined so that she could finish her last year at Augustana.  Upon graduating in 1944, Marlys moved to Minneapolis, working as an airline stewardess for a short time, and also as a personal trainer at the downtown Minneapolis YMCA.    Catching the eye of a dashing young Navy pilot, Stephen Philip Ingvoldstad was attending Luther Theological Seminary at St. Olaf College, about to become ordained as a Lutheran minister.  After a two-year engagement, they married in Luverne MN on December 16, 1950.    Husband Stephen became a chaplain in the Air Force, and the young couple moved from the plains of the Midwest to the deserts of southern Arizona to Yuma AFB. They loved their new lifestyle there, and welcomed their first son, Mark Stephen, in 1952.   Becoming a Lutheran minister, Chaplain Ingvoldstad answered a call in 1953 from Christ Lutheran Church in De Forest WI.  Marlys immediately became active in the church and the community, participating in the Sunday choir for many years, singing solo soprano for weddings and funerals.  Music was a big part of her life, her love of which she passed on to her four boys.  She served as a much loved, long-term substitute teacher in the De Forest Public Schools. This is where her funny and good-natured spirit shone brightly.  Marlys was adored by students and faculty alike.  They loved her infectious laugh, sense of humor and vibrant personality. She bravely endured many father and son activities, among them Cub Scout Den Mother and she also assisted in the preparation of numerous lutefisk suppers and venison dinners.    In 1978, Marlys became a Medical Information Analyst with Blue Cross Blue Shield in Milwaukee. She was in groundbreaking new technology, working with the early mainframe databases and computer networks.  Although in a new field of work, Marlys’ determination, smarts and enthusiasm helped her become very successful in this new chapter of her life.    Preceded in death by her beloved husband Steve in 1991, she relocated to Oviedo, FL in 1994.  Enjoying year round gardening and sunshine, she was reinvigorated with her new life. Marlys was warmly embraced by those around her in the new St. Luke’s Lutheran Church family, her neighbors and friends. At the corner grocery store she was recognized, and it was a good day if you bumped into Marlys.  She was well liked by her medical team of doctors and nurses that her family thanks for enabling Marlys’ good health for a number of extra years. How lucky we are to have had her for so long.   She so looked forward to seasonal visits of friends and relatives, and especially Sunday Green Bay Packer games.  Thanksgiving and Christmas will never be the same without her there.   As we lovingly and grudgingly let go, and acknowledge her passing, we must pay testament to her indomitable spirit, her strength of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and love for her extended family, both present and those who have passed.  We have all benefited from her loving nature, the infectious joy of her stories and funny good-natured Norwegian spirit, which affected us all.  She showed us how to leave this world bravely and courageously, while enduring much.  She stoically reacted to each recent medical setback with “Sa ga det,” she would say in Norwegian.  “So it goes.”  She embraced the life she was given.  She lived it full on, showing us how.  And we hope to say goodbye like she would want.  We love you Marlys.   Preceded in death by husband Steve in 1991 and son Rolf in 2004; brothers Orlando, Robert, Ernest, and Arnold; sisters Martha, Agnes, Effie, Gladys and Helen.  Grieved by sons Mark (Nancy), Kirk (Karen), and Leif; grandsons Hans, Justin, Stephen and Nicolas.   Funeral service will be held 3pm Sunday September 30, 2012 at St. Lukes Lutheran Church Oviedo, FL.  Correspondence can be sent to Marlys’ home at 140 Bluebrook Ct., Oviedo, FL  32766   Funeral service will be held 3pm Sunday September 30, 2012 at St. Lukes Lutheran Church Oviedo, FL.  

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  1. Andhika says:
    13 Oct 2012
    My dear, dear David, I'm so sorry your vision has grown imaeprid with age. I totally looked like crap yesterday as a result of babysitting the grandkids overnight (two middle of the night feedings) rendering me too tired to even comb my hair and put on makeup before seeing you. If I wasn't so excited to see you, there is no way I would ever have left the house looking like that. I must agree, though, Dec. 24, 1968 felt like a fairy tale to me, too. I did feel like a princess. And you were, by far, my cutest subject. I'm thrilled that we are able to share a tiny moment in time that was so special to both of us. Last night will rank up there, as well. xoxox

  2. Susan Osmon Ingvoldstad Andrade says:
    30 Sep 2012
    As one of the few girls in the Ingvoldstad clan, Marlys always made me feel very special. We shared the bond of being at Augustana College and the love of singing and sharing it with others. She had the ability to make you feel important and loved. She was always upbeat and so supportive of all my own life adventures. I will miss her sense of humor and joy for living. I will miss her laugh. But I will remember all these things and carry her in my heart. My love to Mark, Kirk and Leif and all the families. She was an amazing woman.

  3. Joe and Holly says:
    29 Sep 2012
    The years have gone by to fast. We have lived next door for almost 16 years and you guys are our family. We treasure the many times we sat with your mom and talked. You will always be in our prayers and we are always here for you. God bless!

  4. Tom & Martie says:
    28 Sep 2012
    Thinking of you all this weekend. We loved your mom and will always regard the Ingvoldstads as family (even Leif....little humor is always good!) So many years and so many stories. Been a good ride for sure!

  5. George Blair says:
    28 Sep 2012
    Dear Mark, Nancy, Justin and Stephen: Right now, because your loss hurts so much, you don't even want to think about this phenomenon, but your Mom continues to live on in many ways. She lives in your minds and hearts when you remember all the wonderful times you spent together; as you think of all the delicious meals she cooked (you may even recall the wonderful aroma of the cooking food); as you thumb through photo albums, and as you begin to recall and tell stories of years past. But most of all she will live in each of you as you make your way through lifes' journey.

    Take comfort in knowing these have been her first days in eternity she has spent with our Lord Jesus Christ. She must be having a wonderful time greeting family and loved one who have gone before her.

    Mark, in the years to come, the selfless way you and all of your Mom's family loved and cared for her in her twilight years will help ease the pain and loss you are now feeling. Healing happens at its own slow and steady pace, but eventually you will be healed. God Bless. George

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