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“Marilyn was a gem! She was so patient when I was a piano student and taught me a lot although I was never very good at the playing. Marilyn always...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Elaine Winchell

“Dear family of Marilyn, I would have liked to have been at the visitation or the funeral as I had planned to meet Emily Erickson. However, it did...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Carol Eddy

“May God fill you with His peace as you go through the next days. Your Mom was a gentle, loving servant of the Lord. I will always remember he music! ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: MaryLou Strandberg - Dayton

“Your Mom was a very special lady, you are in my thoughts and prayers ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: nancy ackerson - beautison

“Gary, Brent, Kathy and families: I am thinking of you at this time. I remember your mom had the sweetest smile. Always said hello to everyone. I...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Kathryn Murphy Vawter - Boise, ID

“She was such a nice lady. Her musical talent was vast. I did not know about the accordion, uke and drums but can see her do it. I will always...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Karen Swanson

Marilyn Sandholm, 88, of Dayton, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 3, 2015, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dayton. Pastor Karen Parker will officiate. Burial will be in the Dayton Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Carson – Stapp Funeral Home in Dayton. For online obituaries and condolences please visit:

Marilyn Pauline Urelius was born on November 13, 1926, in Burnside, Iowa, the daughter of Luther and Clara (Anderson) Urelius. She graduated with the Burnside High School class of 1944.

In 1945 Marilyn was united in marriage to Sidney Sandholm. They were the parents of three children, Gary, Kathy, and Brent.

Marilyn enjoyed music all of her life. She was a piano teacher for many years. Dozens of Dayton children were her students over the years, she enjoyed planning their recitals. She played many instruments: piano, organ, accordion, ukulele, drums, and violin.

She was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, where she was one of the church organists for 45 years. Marilyn's perfect pitch won her a set of dishes when she correctly transcribed a tune from the radio.

Survivors include her children, Gary (Loretta) Sandholm of Hartford, South Dakota;
Brent (Barb) Sandholm of Fort Dodge, Iowa; one daughter, Kathy Tener of Johnston, Iowa; five grandchildren, Richard Tener of San Francisco, California, Elizabeth (Nico) Parkes-Perret of Portland, Oregon, Shannon Sandholm (Hugues Jerome) of Round Rock, Texas, Melissa (Mitch) Anderson of Duncombe, Iowa, and Brandon Sandholm of Fort Dodge, Iowa; two great-grandchildren, Henri and Harrison Jerome; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Sidney in October of 2009, and three brothers, Glenn Urelius, Vincent Urelius, and Emerson Urelius.

Memorials may be left to Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dayton or the Dayton Museum.