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Marilyn VerSteeg, 69, of Park Rapids, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 at Pleasant Akers Assisted Living near Akeley.

Marilyn Dorothy Hemmerich was born Sept. 20, 1944 to Lewie and Lila (Madsen) Hemmerich in Hibbing. She grew up in Hibbing and graduated from Hibbing High School in 1962. She attended Hibbing Junior College until 1964 when she transferred to Concordia College graduating in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology. She continued her studies at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, achieving a masters level education in political science and teaching.

She married Ralph "Nick" VerSteeg March 13, 1966 in Hibbing. They lived in Duluth, Dallas, Texas and Davenport, Iowa before moving to Park Rapids in 1975.

In 1987, Marilyn was medically diagnosed with Manic Depression/BiPolar Disorder. Her entire life since childhood had been affected by this mental illness, which was disabling for the rest of her life.

She was a founding member of the Heartland Concert Association; Headwaters 100 Bike Race, Itascatur Ski, Bike and Run Club and the Kinship program.

Marilyn enjoyed running, biking, cross country skiing, swimming, volunteering, reading and studying the Bible. She also enjoyed the arts. Theater, concerts, art displays, museums, seminars all interested her.

Marilyn is survived by four brothers, Richard (Carla) Hemmerich of Aztec, N.M, LuVern (Linda) Hemmerich of Flora Vista, N.M., Leslie (Beth) Hemmerich of Dyer, Ind., Brian Hemmerich of Hammond, Ind.; sisters, Barbara Hemmerich of Redondo Beach, Calif. and Lynda Hemmerich of Park Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husband Nick VerSteeg in 1995; and her parents, Lewie and Lila Hemmerich.

Memorial service: 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at Cease Family Funeral Home in Park Rapids.

Visitation: starting one hour before the service at the funeral home.

Lunch will follow.

Inurnment: Arago Clover Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers Marilyn suggests memorials be given to the Arago Clover Evergreen Cemetery.

Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids assisted with the arrangements. You may leave online condolences at