Marlene F. Eckholm


Marlene F. Eckholm, 87, Bismarck went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on October 09, 2023.  A memorial service will be held on

Friday, October 13, 2023 at 10:00 AM, at Good Shepherd  Lutheran Church with Rev. Bill Rindy officiating.  Burial will be held at the North

Dakota Veterans Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5-7:30 PM at the Bismarck Funeral Home and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Marlene was born on March 19, 1936, the 4th of 6 children to John and Erna Merkel (Weisenburger).  She went to various schools as a result of

John and Erna moving around the western part of ND operating bakeries and cafés in various towns.  She would finish out her education and

graduate from Bismarck High School.

Marlene married Walter Eckholm on November 7, 1954 in Bismarck ND.  The wedding was unique in that it was a double wedding with Arvada, Marlene’s sister marrying Wesley Johnson.  After the wedding vows they settled on a farm southwest of Wing where Walter farmed with his brother (Andrew).  In July 1960 Walter accepted the postmaster position in Wing, therefore the family moved to Wing to continue with life and raising a family.  Marlene sold Avon in Wing in her early years and later worked as a cook at the Wing Public School until her retirement.  They had a large yard and a good-sized garden which kept everyone busy.  She is a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  They moved to Bismarck in 1992 to enjoy their retirement.  Since 2018 she was a resident of Touchmark, Edgewood and eventually Missouri Slope Care Center until her death.

Marlene enjoyed spending time with family and friends and especially enjoyed crocheting, especially when it came time to crochet a hat or blanket for her grandchildren.  She even tried teaching the art to her children but it must not have worked because none of them became very proficient at it.

She is survived by sons Dallas (Barb) and Bryce (Scarlett) all of Bismarck; daughter Candice (Kelly) Gartner, Mandan; seven grandchildren, Ryan (Amanda) Gartner, Mandan; Tyler (Keah) Gartner, Bismarck; Brandon (Tess), Bismarck, Jordan, Bismarck; Marlee (Jordan) Buechler, Bismarck; Micah, (Ethan) Silliman, Bismarck; and Levi, Wing; Eleven great-grandchildren, Emmy, Hunter, Elly, Parker and Ava Gartner; Chloe, Liam and Oliver Eckholm; Finn and Briar Buechler; Adreanna Kolb; sisters Arvada Johnson, Bismarck and Geraldine (Bud) Germundson Minot and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marlene was preceded in death by her husband Walter (2013), her parents, two brothers Lee and Arnold; one sister Ilene and numerous extended family members.

The family would like to thank the staff at Touchmark, Edgewood and Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center (4th floor) for the care given these last 5 years.    In lieu of flowers memorials can be given to the ND Veterans Cemetery.

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Sorry for your loss Thinking of you all

So sorry to hear about your mom Candace!!

Dallas, Candice & Bryce
So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Always enjoyed visiting with her. Hugs to you all!

Bryce, Candice, Dallas and Families….We are so sorry to learn of Marlene’s passing. She was very special person. Spending time with Marlene and Walter and your family was a favorite for us farm kids growing up. We very much enjoyed having you come out to the farm. We know you’ll keep your parent’s life lessons, memories and support close to you always. Sincerely, Joyce and Randy Schwartz

Sorry to hear of Marlene’s passing. Thoughts and prayers going out to you.

So sorry to hear of this. She was such a wonderful lady. May God be with you this time and at all times.

I enjoyed time with Marlene at Missouri Slope when your Dad was a resident there. She was someone you immediately felt like an old friend with. And always with her crochet making scarves for the staff on Walter’s unit. A lovely person in every way. My condolences.