Obituaries

Marion H. Youngquist

June 20, 1924 - January 3, 2022

Marion YoungquistMarion H. Youngquist, age 97, most recently of Aurora, IL, died peacefully January 3, 2022 in the presence of family.

Marion was born June 20, 1924 in Salem, OR and attended Midland College in Fremont, NE where she met and married her late husband, the Rev. Theodore A. Youngquist.  They were married for almost 70 years.  A person of great faith, she assisted his ministry in Sacramento, CA, Akron, OH, Cedar Rapids, IA, Fremont, NE, Glen Ellyn, IL, Wauwatosa, WI and Brookfield, WI.

Marion was an accomplished seamstress. In the first years of their marriage she enjoyed making clothes and other items for family and friends.  She was a great baker and kept many recipes in her head. The family loved her pies and breads, while congregations eagerly awaited her many Christmas cookies.  She loved the arts, and painted for a while, both canvas and “rosemaling” in the Swedish tradition.  She had a lifelong interest in journalism and poetry. After her children were grown, she was able to spend more time writing.  She wrote several books with Biblical and family themes, but also children’s stories.  She wrote an award-winning play, and her poetry was published in several journals.  In recent years her poems delighted family and friends, and she continued writing until her death.  She served on the Wauwatosa Library Board of Directors and was President for many years.  She and Ted were fond of music, both classical and liturgical, and they found great pleasure in attending the symphony.  They also traveled the world in retirement, which was something she had not imagined as a child she would ever do.

Marion is survived by 4 children, Eric (Barbara) Youngquist, Marcia (the late Edward) Hunter, Margaret (Steven) Fleming, Mary (the late Alfred) Karalis, 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren.

At her wish, services and interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Guest Book

  • Irene McCarthy Marion was an inspiration to our family. Her unwavering faith, kindness and love were shard with everyone. We loved reading her many books and loved her discussions of them. Thank you , Marion for being such a blessings in our lives. Irene Mc Carthy
  • Eileen Forsner Mary and family, Ed and I are so sorry for the loss of your mom. What a special lady. College educated in a time when very few women were in college. Her life was so full. She may have passed on to be with her husband again, but her spirit will always be alive and present in all of you.
  • Rev. Jas A. Mortenson I am so sorry for your huge loss. Prayers will continue for the entire family. I remember "the folks" from Mt. Zion in Wauwatosa.
  • Michael Forsell My family and I were members at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn in the early 70's. Pastor Youngquist was a great Pastor, and we got to know the family at that time. Mrs. Youngquist was such a nice lady, and Mary babysat my brother, sister, and me, regularly, back in the day. Prayers for the entire family during your time of grief.
  • Jo A Zillmann What an accomplished woman, and she offered so much to her family. Our condolences and prayers are with 1you! Love Paul and Jo
  • Sherry Many thoughts and prayers are with you and your family