Memorial Visitation for Marilyn Jean Bodenstedt, age 88, of Yankton, SD formerly of Wayne, will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne on Saturday, July 2, 2022, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Joint Graveside Services for Marilyn and her husband, Robert Bodenstedt, to follow at approximately 11:30 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne. Memorials may be directed to the Bodenstedt family for later designation. She passed away on Friday, April 29, 2022, at Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton, S.D. Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Robert Eugene Bodenstedt passed away Tuesday January 16, 2018, at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.
Marilyn was born July 4, 1933, near Winside, Nebraska to Oscar and Helen (Norton) Swanson. She attended a Wayne County one- room country school through eighth grade. She graduated from Winside High School in 1950 where she was on the Student Council and Yearbook staff. She attended Wayne State College and received her teaching certificate. She began teaching in rural Wayne County Schools when she was 17. On May 25, 1952, she married Robert Bodenstedt at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wayne, Nebraska. They lived on the family farm near Carroll, Nebraska, until moving to Wayne in 1971. Marilyn continued to substitute teach for 11 years after her children were born, and also served as a teacher’s aide in Wayne for 20 years. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association of Wayne and was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne.
Marilyn gave up full-time teaching to raise her two children, Debra and Steven. She also worked with her husband, Bob, on the farm raising chickens and milking cows. She kept busy gardening and taking lunch to the men in the field. She had a lifetime love of flower gardening, reading, and doing the daily crossword puzzle. She also loved to go fishing with her family or on trips with her sister Janice and husband George. Once the kids were out of the house, she worked retail jobs in Wayne, and she and Bob delivered flowers for 11 years for the Wayne Greenhouse. She and Bob made frequent trips to Yankton to spend time with Steve and Holly and granddaughter Lindsay. They also enjoyed attending Lindsay’s dance recitals and sporting events. They traveled to visit to Deb in Virginia, Illinois, Rhode Island, San Diego and Hawaii. They really enjoyed the West Coast road trip with Deb to visit family and high school friends. She was married for 65 years and missed her husband Bob dearly.
Marilyn is survived by her children, Deb Bodenstedt of Yankton, SD, and Steve (Holly) Bodenstedt of Yankton, SD; her granddaughter, Lindsay (Tony) Munkvold of Selby, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob, in 2018; brother-in-law, George Jaeger in 2014; and sister, Janice Jaeger in 2021.