Marion N. Michalsen
Born: Tuesday, June 5, 1923
Passed: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Marion Michalsen, 93, of Rockford, died peacefully in her home on November 22, 2016. She was born on Jun 5, 1923 in Chicago, the daughter of Olav and Anna Nerhus. She graduated from Forman High School in Chicago. A Rockford resident since 1953, coming here from Phoenix, Arizona. Marion married Raymond S. Michalsen on September 17, 1943, in Raleigh, N.C. She worked at Weise's department store in the 1960s. In 1969, Ray and Marion purchased National Appliance and TV which they operated until 1977. She was an active member of Bethany United Methodist Church where she had a beautiful voice and loved to sing in the choir. When Bethany closed, she found a new home at Christ United Methodist Church. She enjoyed going to Seniors every Thursday at Christ United Methodist and was also an avid reader, always with a book at hand.
Survivors include sons, William (Karla), James (Patty) and Dr. Thomas (Lori) Michalsen, all of Rockford; grandchildren, Richard, Steven (Kim), Amy (Kevin) Lindell, James (Katie), Brian (Meredith), Paul (Janet) Michalsen, and Willie (Allison Hagaman) Rhinehart; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Amanda, Bret, Baela, Drexel, Enslie, Austin, Kylie, Henry, Alice, Beckett, Grace, and Natalie; brother, Raymond (Astrid)Nerhus; sister-in-law, Ruth Hacker; and many special nieces and nephews. Special friends, Beverly Billstrand, Phyllis Johnson, Patricia Kane, Carolyn Conrad, and Sue Vangrove. Predeceased by parents; husband, Raymond; and sisters, Eleanore Nerhus, and Borghild Johnson.
Private family services with burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. No visitation. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Service, Ltd.