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Marian E. Conaway, 75, of Park Rapids, MN died on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 at the St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids.

Marian Elizabeth Bartek was born Nov. 2, 1937 to Julius and Lilly (Marek) Bartek in Duncan, Iowa. She graduated from Britt High School in 1955 in Britt, Iowa. She attended one year of junior college in Mason City, Iowa.

She married Arthur W. Conaway on Feb. 17, 1957 in Britt, Iowa. They farmed in the Corwith, Iowa area from 1957 to 1976. They moved to Park Rapids in 1976.

Marian and her husband Arthur operated Timber Bay Resort. She also worked at Summerhill Farms in Park Rapids for four years and worked at Pamida for several years until her retirement. They were members of Calvary Lutheran Church.

She was always busy doing something. She enjoyed her flowers, crafts, fishing, crocheting, knitting, reading, traveling and was a talented artist.

Marian was full of life. She loved her family and the Lord with her whole heart. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a special blessing in her life and she was very proud of each one of them. She was a major strength for her family and she will be dearly missed.

She shared 56 wonderful years of marriage with Art and they loved fishing. They took many fishing trips to Canada and to many area lakes. She treasured her trips to the North Shore in Duluth with her daughters. She loved her sisters and extended family and was always a joy to be around. She had a caregiver's heart and made everyone she met feel welcome and a part of her family. Marian filled our house and lives with love and we feel the huge hole that this wonderful woman filled.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur Conaway of Park Rapids; daughters, Elizabeth (Gary) DeGroote of Corwith, Iowa; Lynn (John) Graham of Park Rapids; grandchildren, Holly DeGroote of Britt, Iowa, Heather DeGroote of Forest City, Iowa, Wayne DeGroote of Britt, Iowa, Jamie (Holly) Krautkremer of Park Rapids, Kasey (Crystal) Krautkremer of Park Rapids, Kody (Amanda Varnum) Krautkremer of Moorhead, Keith Graham of Cloquet; great-grandson, Gabriel Ramirez of Forest City, Iowa; great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Krautkremer of Park Rapids; sisters, Mildred Black of Manly, Iowa; Ruth Whalen of Britt, Iowa; Maxine Taelour of Reno, Nev.; sister-in-laws, Patricia (Dan) Eddy of Maryville, Ill., Ginnie (William) Smith of Danvers, Ill., Shirley Graham of Bloomington, Ill. and brother-in-law, Chuck (Lois) Conaway of Britt, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Colleen Conaway; sisters, Lillian Kadlecik, Elsie Klipping, Helen Black, Emma VanDusseldorp; brother Raymond Bartek; parents, Julius and Lilly Bartek; sister-in-law, Joy Williams and brother-in-law, Theodore Conaway.

Memorial service: 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. Pastor Sara Jensen will officiate.

Visitation: will begin at noon at the church.

Inurnment: Bethel Cemetery in Park Rapids.

Honorary urnbearers: are Marian's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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