Marvis Northwick

BLUE EARTH – Marvis Jean Northwick, age 83, of Blue Earth, died Sunday July 27, 2014, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth, with Rev. Dr. Mark Wilms, officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center. Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Blue Earth is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Memorials are preferred to St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center or United Hospital District Home Health/Hospice.

Marvis was born July 3, 1931, the daughter of Otis T. and Mildred B. (Peterson) Hougen. Marvis was raised and educated in Blue Earth. She was united in marriage to Russell “Mike” Northwick on May 5, 1951, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth. She worked as a telephone operator at the Blue Earth telephone company and went on to work at Blue Earth Area Schools for 26 years as a cook. After retirement, she began working for Patton Funeral Home, where she took great pleasure in greeting and visiting with many people. Marvis was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church and and an active member in the VFW and Legion Auxiliaries. She enjoyed spending time with her twin sister, Mavis, playing bingo and finding treasures at rummage sales. She also cherished weekends at Sager Lake with dear friends and family. Marvis, above all, enjoyed people and time spent with others.

Marvis is survived by her daughter, Ranet (James) Schmeichel of Odessa, Minn.; son, Ryan (Marie) Northwick of Blue Earth. Also surviving are her sisters, Beverly (Frank) Kitzman of Janesville, Erma (Bud) Schwab of Bass Lake; grandchildren, Corey (fiance, Christina) Joyce, Shawn (Shea) Joyce, Chris (Lacy) Joyce, Jeremiah Schmeichel, Ryan Schmeichel, Daniel Schmeichel, Raina (Tim) Juba, and Reid (Kim) Northwick; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter due in November; along with many nieces, nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mike; brother, Jerry Hougen; twin sister, Mavis Anderson; sister, Nylene Holmseth; brothers-in-law, Andy Anderson, Laurice Holmseth, Butch Northwick, Eugene Northwick, and Robert Northwick; and sisters-in-law, Blanche Wells, Char Northwick, Mona Teig.