Marlene Unruh


Marlene (Wahl) Unruh, 80, Bismarck, passed away May 9, 2022, at Missouri Slope Care Center.  Memorial Services will be held on Monday, May 16, 2022, at 10:30 a.m., at the Bismarck Funeral Home.  For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed on the Bismarck Funeral Home Facebook page.  Visitation will be on Sunday, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Bismarck Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.  Burial will be on Monday, at 2:30 p.m. at McClusky Cemetery, with a time of fellowship to follow at the McClusky Baptist Church at 3:00 p.m.

Marlene was born May 18, 1941, in McClusky ND to Reinhold and Helen (Neuharth) Wahl. She attended McClusky High School, then moved to Bismarck. She married Armin Unruh May 6, 1960. They lived temporarily in Larimore and Lakota before permanently residing in McClusky where they raised their four children.

Marlene was an excellent cook, gardener, and homemaker. Her home was always the center of family gatherings, providing the very best of homemade meals and desserts. Her homemade vegetable soup, made from their garden produce, was always a favorite of family and friends. Other favorites were her popcorn balls, pickles, and baked goods. Her faith was a very important part of her life. She really enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter Wanda (Dave) Herberholz, Mandan ND; sons, Wayne (Tangula), Bismarck, Ward (Shirley), Lincoln ND, and Wynne (Linda), Bismarck; 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Russell (Ardith) and Jim Wahl, of Bismarck ND, Paul (Debby) of Eden Prairie MN; three sisters, Janice Wahl, Minot ND, Sandra (Angel) Perez, Lincoln City OR, and Daphne (Dan) Vainonen, Jamestown ND, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Armin in 1997.

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Wanda and family. I am so very sorry for this passing. I still remember the first time I met her and she was so kind and welcoming. It is easy to see where you get your beauty. Know that I am here and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

How blessed we are to have people in our lives who make us hurt so much when they leave us. Grief is the price we pay for love. Your memories will keep Marlene with you forever. Sending prayers that God will comfort your family at this sad time, knowing that He will. Hugs for Wanda and Ward, my students in elementary school at McClusky and for Russ and Jim whom I got to know through my husband Don.

So upsetting to hear Marlene has passed I will forever be grateful for the care she gave to my mom. It must not have been easy. As I had a hard time dealing with mom’s dementia. Love you Wanda and the “boys”. Winnie Ward Wayne