Marilyn VanCura


Marilyn Marie VanCura, 82 years, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at Cascade Creek Memory Care, Rochester, Minnesota.

Marilyn was born April 4, 1940 to her parents Joseph and Julia Pechan in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. After high school, Marilyn and Gene were married on August 9, 1958 and started life together in Pipestone, Minnesota. They were married for 63 years.

Marilyn had a great many talents and skills. She was a seamstress and could sew anything and tailor clothing for anyone. In earlier years, she knitted and embroidered many things. As an avid reader, Marilyn loved mystery novels, biblical history, and spiritual books. For many years, Marilyn was involved in bible studies. Marilyn loved cooking and entertaining, especially for holidays when extended families gathered at her home. When her children were in grade school, Marilyn worked as a bookkeeper for a real estate company in Pipestone, and then later as a bookkeeper for the Wabasha Nursing Home in Wabasha, Minnesota. Marilyn was always hospitable, loving, kind, caring, and compassionate. She always thought of and cared for others before herself.

Marilyn’s faith was center in her life. She was a dedicated member of Faith Lutheran Church, Wabasha, Minnesota, having served on several committees, as usher, as money counter, and in the kitchen. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She will be greatly missed by her children: daughters Dawn Daehn (husband Jeff and daughter Marta) of Rochester, MN, and Dorothy Alvarez (husband John and son John Thomas) of Ignacio, CO, and son Tony (wife Karen and daughters Alexis and Melissa) of Greensboro, NC. She will also be missed by her sisters Carolyn Meiners of Mineota, MN and Garnita Cross (husband Thomas), St. Francis, MN.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband Eugene (Gene) and sisters Eldora Schroeder (husband Dave) and Shirley Savage.

A private ceremony for the family will be held at Fort Snelling Cemetery, St. Paul, MN.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Marilyn may be shared at

4 thoughts on “Marilyn VanCura

  1. Dawn and Jeff.
    My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Wishing you the best and know you have my full support in every moment.

  2. Dear Tony, siblings, spouses, grands and others dear to Mrs. VanCure: Grace and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus! We grieve with you on her death, but celebrate with you her joining other loved ones in the Heavenly Kingdom. May you know our Lord’s comfort and support.
    In Christ’s love, David & Diana (a retired and long-ago Greensboro pastoral couple @ Lutheran Church of Our Father)

  3. Tony, my deepest sympathies to you and your sister’s on your mom’s death. She was such a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed by many.

  4. Our sympathy to you .Marilyn and Gene were always friendly. Steve worked at the Wabasha Century Link Telephone with Gene for several years.
    Steve and Mary Skelton

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