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Mariellyn Kuske, age 74, of Waverly passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at the St. Cloud Hospital.

She was born on May 15, 1948 in Dickinson, ND, the daughter of Roy and Hermoine (Fisher) Young Hartquist.  (A. Milton), all of whom preceded her in death.

Mariellyn was joined in holy marriage to Michael J. Kuske on June 1, 1968 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Milwaukee, WI.  God blessed their marriage with two daughters.

Mariellyn had a great career as President of Vitaldyne, Inc.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.  Mariellyn was also an active member of Alanon and an Associate of School Sisters of Notre Dame, Mankato.

She had “itchy feet” and therefore enjoyed traveling, canoeing, and kayaking.  Mariellyn was a voracious reader and was a librarian early in her career. She was fond of gardening and many arts.  Her hobbies were just like her, bringing color and joy into people’s lives.  She was a giving soul who always made you feel special, loved talking to anyone, generous and had a huge heart.

Survived by a loving husband of fifty-four years: Michael J. Kuske; daughters: Margaret Munson (Bruce) of Maple Lake and Michelle Kuske (Dick) of Howard Lake; grandchildren: Zachery (Paige) Zuelzke, Abby Munson, Sarah Zuelzke (Jason) and Alexandra “Gus” Munson; great-grandchildren: Nora, Noah, and Belle; siblings: Barbara Wetzel, Robert (Penny) Young and Nancy (Wayne) Lindstrom; many other relatives and a host of friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mariellyn Kuske will be held on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.

A visitation will be held AT THE CHURCH on Thursday, March 2, 2023 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to Mass on Friday, March 3.

“ please feel free to wear bright colors in celebration of the brightness Mariellyn brought into our lives”

Casket bearers will be Zachery Zuelzke, Abby Munson, Sarah Zuelzke, Alexandra Munson, Paul Lindstrom, and Buck Wetzel.

In lieu of flowers, a donation is suggested to one of Mariellyn’s favorite charities: Theresa Living Center (, St. Paul; School Sisters of Notre Dame (, Wild Rivers Conservancy (, women’s health initiative of Multicolores (

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, MN is serving the family.

On-line condolences can be expressed at

20 Guestbook Entries

  1. Judy Schindler

    Mariellyn was a wonderful, caring, loving friend. As an Associate of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, she put her faith into action. She will be greatly missed, and we pray that her family finds comfort in the promise of Jesus to provide her a mansion in Heaven.

  2. Bob Young

    Penny and I are heartbroken by your loss I was talking with her last week regarding her trip to Arizona. Nancy, Barb and Mariellyn were visiting are cousins Jerry and Jon they had a visit.Please accept are deepest condolences.


    Bob and Penny

  3. Michele Martin

    Prayers for all.

  4. Dianne Griffith

    Mariellyn has been my rock. We have journeyed together for over 20 years. It is hard to imagine life without her in our presence. She has been a gift to many.

  5. Marilyn Brustad

    She will be missed.

  6. S. Pat Frost

    Mariellyn left Joy and color to this world. May she enjoy now the fullness of life for eternity!

  7. Laurie Wohlrabe

    Writing with a saddened heart for the loss of Mariellyn and sending condolences to her entire family. She was a bright star. Wishing you peace.

    Laurie Wohlrabe

  8. Kit Sanders

    I knew Mariellyn to always have a twinkle in her eye, a smile on her face, words of encouragement and compassion, and an energy of love projecting before her. Even her “stern” look transmitted wisdom, acumen, understanding and acceptance. I shall miss her at our meetings and gatherings. May Mariellyn rest in peace.

  9. Sandra Banaszak

    So sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers.

  10. Debby Anderson

    Wow, I will miss her colourful clothes, her warm smiles n hugs when we got together at the SSND Associates gatherings. She made me feel that I was great person being Deaf n she made darn sure to allow me to lipread her. And she was kind n patient.
    She was a joy too. May God give her the colourful blessings. Debby Anderson SSND Associate

  11. S. Christine

    Our hearts are heavy with your parting, Mariellyn. We will miss you at our various video conference meetings of the SSND Shalom Immigration Committee and of course as one of our loving and dedicated associates. We are counting on your prayers from up above. I know you are in the company of saints.
    My condolences to Mike, your daughters, and all your family and friends.

  12. Dolly Gay Leer

    Prayers for the entire family. God’s Blessings,
    Dolly Leer

  13. Patrick O'Malley

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

  14. Del Jenkins

    She will be greatly missed. May wonderful memories together find and comfort you in all the days ahead.

  15. Cathy and Steve Thisius

    We were so very sad to hear about Mariellyn’s passing. She will be greatly missed. I always enjoyed our chats. She was such a remarkable person. We are sending prayers for comfort and peace.

  16. Marsha Maas

    I was volunteering at Love Inc when I heard Mariellyn had passed away. I am so sorry for your loss, Mike. You are blessed to have your daughters nearby. They will comfort you. You have my deepest sympathy and my prayers .

  17. Tom & Kate Stender

    Mike and family so sorry for your loss Mariellyn and her sisters where so good to my mother.

  18. Marsha Maas

    I heard about Mariellyn’s passing while volunteering at Love, Inc . I am so sorry for you loss, Mike. It is a blessing to have your daughters nearby. They will be a comfort to you. My deepest sympathy and my prayers go out to you.

  19. Mary Wendt

    Sending our most sincere condolences…from Mary and Don Wendt

  20. Tim Zipoy

    Sorry for your loss, prayers for your family


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