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September 28, 1934 – July 17, 2021

MARSHALL – Services for Marilyn Groff, 86, of Marshall are Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Marshall. The burial takes place in the Marshall Cemetery. The tour takes place today from 4pm to 7pm at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. The visitation continues on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. in the church.

She died at her Marshall home on July 17, 2021.

Marilyn Eileen Castle was born on September 28, 1934 in Clifton Township in Lyon County. She was the daughter of Maurice and Edith (Buss) Castle. Her life of faith took root with her baptism in the Wesley United Methodist Church in Marshall. Marilyn loved growing up on her family’s farm and helping out with the outdoor work, especially with the animals.

After graduating from Marshall High School as a salutary in 1952, she was married to Richard Marriage “Richi” Groff at Wesley United Methodist Church on February 10, 1954 and they were blessed with five children. They farmed together until Richie passed away in June 1968. Marilyn was with Schwan’s Sales for over 35 years and was incredibly grateful for the years of service to support her family. Merv Gilbertson became it “second buddy” and partner for 40 years until his death in June 2010.

Marilyn filled her life with lots of smiles, laughter, fun, and love with her family and friends whenever possible. She was always ready to share a good time … family reunions, happy hour with friends, cards / games, bowling / roller boules, clowning / parades and fan at her kids and grandchildren’s events. She enjoyed making family vacations special in so many unforgettable ways, baking and cooking to share with others, being there to help others when they were needed, the love of nature in hers Flower garden and feeding birds and looking after their African violets. Marilyn also created personalized cards, enjoyed music and dancing, embroidery, sewing, reading, and pampered various pets over the years. Most of all, she loved spending and enjoying time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marilyn was a great and devoted mother and grandmother! Although she lost her husband and son at a young age, she really was a role model for focusing on the positive, being grateful, and getting the most out of life. She taught family and friends that life isn’t about things … it’s about learning how to love!

Marilyn was a team member of the Lyon County Relay for Life for 20 years and was also a member of the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, which supported various fundraising drives in the area, for many years. After retiring from Schwan’s, Marilyn enjoyed helping her son Randy and wife Patty in their Ameriprise Financial office for over 15 years.

Marilyn survived and is supported by her children, Robin (Stan) Stelter from Lynd, Randy (Patty) Groff from Cottonwood, Roxie (Randy) Serreyn from Marshall, Rolly (Chuck) Muller from Marshall; Daughter-in-law, Renee Wyffels of South Haven; Grandchildren, Richard (Lisa) Stelter, Geoffrey (Tricia) Stelter, Kristi (Jared) Steen, Colin (Holly) Stelter, Curtis (Darian) Rykhus, Trisha (Walker) Schaar, Cody (Tristin) Rykhus, Tristen Groff, Melissa (Paul .)) younger, Ryan (Angela) Serreyn, Rachel (Joe) Krall, Benjamin (Shayna) Muller, Natasha (Derek) Honebrink; and 23 great-grandchildren. Other family members include brother, Marvin (Mavis) Castle; Brother-in-law, Lee (Darlene) Groff, David (Carol) Groff; and many nieces, nephews, and friends; together with her cat Oreo.

Marilyn also leaves her second family of Merv Gilbertson: children, Doug (Ceal) Gilbertson, Deb Gilbertson, Donnie Gilbertson, Denise Myhrberg and (JoAnn Gilbertson); his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband Richard Groff; Son, Rick Groff; Parents, Maurice and Edith Castle; loving companion, Merv Gilbertson; Sister Margie (Don) Brosseau; and many beloved pets.

Blessed be the memory of Marilyn Groff. May their legacy of love, fun, and gratitude live on through their family and friends. Memorials are preferred to Relay for Life – Lyon County, Prairie Home Hospice in Marshall, the American Heart Association, or the Minnesota Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements of

Hamilton Funeral Home

Marshall, Minnesota


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