Marilyn Stinar
Marilyn Stinar

Marilyn Noreen Stinar, age 91, began her journey to Heaven on Nov. 15, 2021 at the Sanford Hospital in Bagley. She suffered a Hemorrhagic Stroke. Marilyn was born October 14, 1930, in East Grand Forks, MN to Leo and Violet Cariveau. She was the eighth of eleven children. She attended school at Sacred Heart Catholic School in East Grand Forks through the eighth grade. At that time, she had to work full time helping her mother care for the younger children as well as help her clean houses, work at a café and work dinner events at the local VFW. When she was 15 years old, she got a job as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell – working with ten to fifteen adult Operators. This job allowed her the financial resources to help provide for her siblings and gave her pride in what she could do for them.
Marilyn was a graceful roller skater and it was at a roller-skating dance where she met the love of her life, Winfred Stinar – they danced, married and loved each other for the next 73 years. They married on Nov. 27, 1948, at the Sacred Heart Church. While living in East Grand Forks their children were born; Maureen, Winfred Jr., Cecilia, and Ellen.
The family moved to Bagley, MN in 1960. Marilyn was active at St. Joseph Catholic Church where she organized and implemented church dinners, fall fundraisers, as well as visiting the suffering, teaching religious classes, and taking part in all liturgical duties. Marilyn had a beautiful voice and was often called upon to sing at weddings and funerals.
Marilyn was very involved in her community. She was a founding member of the Clearwater County Day Activity Center Pine Ridge Residence – serving the disabled – and served there for 19 years. Other activities included being a Girl Scout leader, Cancer Relay for Life Chairperson, and caregiving at nursing homes. She also worked with Dr. Larson at his medical clinic. Marilyn took the time to obtain her GED and went to Business School at Bemidji. 2014 marked the year Marilyn was honored as the Clearwater County First Lady. She accomplished all of this while raising her children, running her Wild Rice Company, and working with her husband in their Stinar Enterprises firewood business that served five states.
Marilyn had many interests. She loved organizing special church and family events. She was a skilled seamstress who made many beautiful outfits for her daughters, nieces, and neighbors. She gardened and canned vegetables for the family bodies and flowers for their souls. She was a kind and loving person that touched many lives in her family, church, and community.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, daughter – Maureen Stinar; in-laws – Andrew and Edna Stinar; siblings – Lillian, Vincent, Robert, Rose, Ann, Roger, Michael and King; grandchild – Winfred John Arneson, and Great Grandchildren – Morgan Stinar and Lexi Stinar; and numerous brother/sisters-in-law.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Winfred Stinar; her sisters – Cecilia Pettit of California and Jean (Bill) Moser of Red Lake Falls, MN, and sister-in-law- Patty Ann Cariveau. Children- Winfred Jr. (Elizabeth Fredrickson) Stinar of Bagley; Cecilia (Timothie) Arneson of Shevlin; and Ellen (Craig) Doty of Bloomington. Grandchildren – Stephanie (Brian) Ramsrud, Winfred III (Roxanne) Stinar and Peter (Nikki) Stinar. Step-grandchildren – Jessica Mederson, Weston Arneson, Wyatt (Melissa) Arneson and Lacey (Jerod) Noska. She is survived by 17 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.
Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph’s Catholic church in Bagley with Father JohnMelkies Suvakeen officiating. A visitation will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021 at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church starting at 5:00 p.m. From 5:00 p.m. – 6:00p.m., it will be open visitation. At 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., a prayer service will begin, with prayers, music and sharing. Visitation will also be on November 20, starting at 3:00 p.m. at the church.
The family gives heartfelt thanks to the staff of Sanford Hospital in Bagley for their compassion and kindness in making Marilyn’s passing peaceful and in helping her family members to cope with their loss.
The family prefers memorials be made out to one of Marilyn’s two passions: The Clearwater County DAC or St. Joseph Catholic Church.