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Mass of Christian Burial

Presbyterian Church - Langdon
Friday May 14th, 2021

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Marilyn Kartes

Marilyn Kartes, 89, of Langdon, ND, passed away Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.

Marilyn was born July 11, 1931, in Langdon, ND, to Peter and Tillie (Gellner) Lorenz. She went to school in Langdon, graduating from St. Alphonsus in 1949. On November 10, 1949, Marilyn and Lowell Kartes were married at St. Alphonsus Church in Langdon. Marilyn worked as a typesetter at the Cavalier County Republican for over 40 years.  She enjoyed cooking and baking and was known for her jelly, sauerkraut, perogies, and “Grandma’s caramel rolls”. She also liked to go camping, fishing, and dancing. She looked forward to visiting with family and socializing with friends whenever she and Lowell went out. Marilyn was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary and St. Alphonsus Church in Langdon.

Surviving Marilyn are her husband, Lowell, of Langdon; daughter Diann (Steve) Beste of Warroad, MN; grandsons: Jason (Michelle) Kempert and Justin (Michelle) Kempert; great-grandchildren: Brandon (Meagan), Keaden, Gannon, and Hailee; sister LouAnn Fleck of Minot, ND; and her very special nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Donald (LaVerne) Lorenz, and grandson Jeffrey Beste.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021, at St. Alphonsus Church in Langdon, ND. Masks are highly recommended. Inurnment will be Calvary Cemetery in Langdon.

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I worked with Marilyn in the early 80's at the Republican and where she was known for two things - she was a brilliant, hard-working woman and she was the life of the party. We all worked hard, but it felt like a party and not a job.

Back when we did typesetting and layout by hand, she would brandish an X-Acto knife and threaten us to not "bleed on her pages" as the red would turn to black when printed.

Even though I was only a teenager, she prepared me for menopause. :) She would fan herself and run for the thermostat, always laughingly chewing us out for turning up the temperature on her.

She was instructional to new employees and gracious with our mistakes. I learned so much from this dear woman. I imagine many lives are darker without her light.

Mindy (Melinda Brainard) Peltier Jul 16 2021 3:48 PM

Marilyn was always a joy to visit with--wry, matter-of-fact, quick to laugh and always welcoming if you called to ask how to make perogies (perhay for us). Lots of history with her...she'll be missed. Lowell, Diane and family, the Conmy's and Quam's send you our deepest condolences.

Liz Anne Conmy May 16 2021 12:00 AM

Diann, Steve, & Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort knowing that Marilyn is in the arms of the Lord and without pain. Hold on to those memories and may they help you get through the tough days. Blessings to you, Derek & Stacy Lee

Stacy May 13 2021 12:00 AM

I always had such a nice time catching up with both Lowell and Marilyn at the Eagles. It won't be the same not seeing her up there anymore. Wishing Lowell, Diane and the rest of the family peace.

Lisa Mikkelsen May 12 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Marilyn Kartes

Jim & Thedy Bergsnev May 11 2021 12:00 AM

Lowell and family, condolences to you and your family. So sad to find out about Marilyn, I am so happy we saw her every time we were home at the bakery. She always stopped and visited.what a beautiful lady. Gary and Mary Lou Schissler, Colorado

Mary Lou Schissler May 11 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry about you losing Aunt Marilyn. I am so glad I got to visit with her and uncle Lowell the last two summers when I came up to Langdon with Misty and the kids. I know it will leave a big hole in your hearts but she is without pain and we will have another angel to watch over us. Please accept my deepest sympathy and you all are in my prayers.

Laurella May 10 2021 12:00 AM


Kathy Doherty Downs May 8 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Marilyn Kartes

NORMA MIKKRLSEN May 7 2021 12:00 AM

So very sorry for your loss. Our prayer and thoughts are with you and your family.

Dan & Kim Lorenz May 7 2021 12:00 AM