Marilyn Olufs

Marilyn J. Olufs (Seaquist)

Saturday, October 25th, 1930 - Saturday, July 11th, 2020
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Marilyn Jean (Seaquist) Olufs, 89, passed away peacefully, of natural causes, on Saturday, July 11th in Kenosha, WI. She was born in Chicago, October 25, 1930 to Gus and Ruth (Carlson) Seaquist. She graduated from Amundsen High School in Chicago and Augustana Lutheran College, graduating in 1952 with her B.S. degree in Speech Therapy. She was a member of Phi Rho Sorority and the synchronized Swim Team. It was at Augustana that she met her future husband Robert John Olufs and they married on June 8, 1951 in Chicago: a union of 65 years.
Marilyn was a proud first generation Swedish American. She grew up in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago and she became fluent in Swedish, mostly by listening under her door while her parents spoke with friends. Christmas at the house was a two-day Swedish celebration featuring the much-maligned Lutefisk and a second day smorgasbord of homemade Swedish meatballs, potato sausage, kalvsylta, rice pudding and abundance of cookies. There was always room at the table for guests and plenty of food for all. Marilyn treated friends as family, enjoyed long conversations, and will be remembered for her long goodbyes.
Marilyn practiced as a Speech Pathologist in Kenosha until she began her new career as a mother of five. Not one to sit still, she was active in her children’s activities, sports, music, and strongly advocated for educational equality. She was a Girl Scout Leader and with them, helped assemble one of the world’s largest quilts at the time. She also was an active member of the P.E.O Sisterhood from 1961, member of AAUW, and involved herself in multiple roles in the life of St Paul’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed archery when she was younger and cross-country skiing with friends later in life. She and Bob also enjoyed traveling worldwide.
She took ownership of the Seaquist-Olufs Resort in Pine River, Minnesota after her mother’s passing and with the help of Bob, ran it until last year when she turned it over to the next generation. She enjoyed a lifetime of summers watching 5 generations of resort families growing up at her special place.
Marilyn is survived by her five children: Karen Olufs (John Dulaney) of Kenosha, Steve (Debbie) Olufs of West Salem, Karl (Barb) Olufs of Union Grove, Kathy (Ward) Neesen of Stevens Point, and Janet (Arni) Mahant of Kenosha, eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert, and parents Gust and Ruth Seaquist.
Services will be held privately but can be streamed at 12:30 p.m., on Thursday July 16, 2020, with a recording available on the Proko Funeral Home Website. To stream Marilyn’s service please copy and paste into your web browser at 12:30 p.m. For those who wish to pay their respects, a visitation will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at Proko Funeral Home from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., with limited family present (due to the current health crisis). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Faith Lutheran Church in Swanburg, MN, or the local Kenosha PEO chapter.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
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  • Interment

    Sunset Ridge Memorial Park
    4300 Green Bay Road
    Kenosha, WI 53144
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    Private Interment


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Terry Cisler Modory

Posted at 04:47pm
To the Olafs Family:
I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. I will always remember her as a wonderful and kind neighbor. Her smile and positive attitude towards life were gifts she shared with everyone she met. I am sure that each of you have many memories that fill your hearts. May those memories comfort you now and in the days ahead. My love and sympathy to each of you.

Dave Olufs

Posted at 02:35pm
She was the best Aunt... never missed calling on my birthday almost within a month or two...

Mark and Cindy Bialon

Posted at 01:00pm
While stopping over to say hello, Marilyn would always invite us in to chat, no matter how busy she was. We fondly remember the many stories Marilyn would tell us of her summers spent up north at the resort when she was a girl. She always left you wanting more. Both Marilyn and Bob were delightful neighbors who fostered a sense of community along the street, church, and everywhere they were. They are going to be forever missed.
God’s Peace,
Mark and Cindy Bialon

Kitty and Sudhir Virmani

Posted at 12:16am
Marilyn, You trusted me, age 12, to care for your first-born and helped me become who I am. Your kind spirit will live on. Caring thoughts to KSKKJ,
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Sharon Wernecke

Posted at 06:20pm
Marilyn was such a sweet person. So caring. She loved spending time at the resort with family. You must have tons of fun memories. We were in the Red Hats together which was fun, as well. God's richest blessings. Sharon Wernecke

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