1936 Marilyn 2022

Marilyn Jean Heltzer

June 10, 1936 — July 12, 2022

Duluth

Marilyn (Fenske) Heltzer, 86, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2022 in her apartment at

Ecumen Lakeshore. Ironically, years before she had said to her sister, Maureen, “we will live

there” when they drove by what was then “Lakeshore Lutheran” on their way up the North

Shore. Marilyn was born to Teckla and Ted Fenske in Morris, Minnesota on June 10, 1936. She

was the second of four children. The family subsequently moved to the St. Anthony Park

neighborhood of St. Paul, where she graduated from Murray High School before attending the

University of Minnesota meeting her husband, Jim Heltzer. Marilyn had a rich life traveling to

many distant lands over the course of their 54-year marriage. They raised their family of 3

children in St. Louis Park. She worked for Minnesota Public Radio starting as the first

Membership Director in its early years, was a producer of Garrison Keillor’s Morning Show and

later became the Vice President of Programming. She moved to Bemidji where Marilyn was the

station manager for MPR in “retirement” in addition to being actively involved in her church and

community activities.

 

She was a life-long lover of classical music but also the Moody Blues and the Beatles with

eclectic tastes. After moving to Duluth in 2014 she joined two choirs, “Echoes of Peace'' and

later “The Victory Chorus''. She loved to sing. She was a beautiful writer and her columns were

featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune as well as the Bemidji Pioneer. For several years after

her retirement, Marilyn provided research and ideas to A Prairie Home Companion. She often

said whatever happens in life “makes good material”. She is survived by her sisters, Margaret

(Charles) Arnason, Maureen (Chester) Saunders; and her 3 children, Kathy Heltzer (Tina

Welsh), Rebecca Heltzer (Cadance Paulaha), and Deborah Heltzer (Howard Walstein); her

granddaughter, Lily Heltzer-Stiles (Christian Kessler). She survived her brother Theodore

Fenske, Jr.

 

Gifts can be made in her memory to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or the Victory

Chorus. The family also wants to thank the staff at Ecumen Lakeshore and also St. Luke’s

Hospice for the excellent care they provided to Marilyn.

 

VISITATION will start at 10:00 a.m. until the start of A Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday,

August 6, 2022 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 219 N, 219 North 6th Ave E, Duluth, MN 55805.

A livestream of the service can be found at; http://gloriadeiduluth.org/worship/worship-livestream/ 

To send flowers to the family in memory of Marilyn Jean Heltzer, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Visitation

Saturday, August 6, 2022

10:00 - 11:00am (Central time)

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

219 North 6th Ave E, Duluth, MN 55805

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Memorial Service

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Starts at 11:00am (Central time)

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

219 North 6th Ave E, Duluth, MN 55805

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