Marguerite Ylvisaker, 1936-2015

Published 9:55 am Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Funeral services for Marguerite H. Ylvisaker, 79, of Albert Lea will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Manchester Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rev. Shawn Stafford will officiate. Interment will be in the Hartland South Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences are welcome at

Marguerite Ylvisaker

Marguerite Ylvisaker

Marguerite died Sunday, March 15, 2015, at St. John’s Lutheran Community.

Marguerite Helen Ylvisaker was born March 2, 1936, in Winnebago County, Iowa, the daughter of the Rev. Paul and Bergitte (Broin) Ylvisaker. She was baptized by the Rev. Ylvisaker at Thompson Synod Lutheran Church in Thompson, Iowa, and was confirmed at Hartland Synod Lutheran Church in Hartland with the Rev. Ylvisaker officiating.

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Marguerite attended elementary school in Hartland and graduated from Bethany High School in Mankato.She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and a doctorate degree from Boston University. She is the author of the African research studies volume, “Lamu in the 19th Century: Land, Trade, and Politics.”(African Studies Center, Boston University, 1979).

Marguerite was a long-time employee at Queens/Scotsman in Minnesota and Illinois. She was a faithful member of Manchester Evangelical Lutheran Church for many years.

Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law Luther (Margaret) Ylvisaker; nieces and nephews Scott Ylvisaker, Mark Ylvisaker and Kristine (Pat) Malone and their children, and Karol (Kevin) Gluth.

Marguerite was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Paul.