Marilyn Carol (Torrey) Eberlein Obituary


Eberlein, 92-year-old Marilyn Carol (Torrey), of St. Anthony Village, then Chandler Place Assisted Living, died Saturday September 10 at HCMC after a hip fracture and stroke. Survived by daughter Tori Setterholm (Keith) of St. Paul, sons Steven Eberlein of New Brighton and Mark Eberlein (Erika) of Alexandria, MN; by sisters Louise Franze of Lancaster, PA, Elaine Magnuson (Paul) of Woodbury, MN, and Janet Fry of Maple Grove, MN; by sister-in-law Carol Hoppe of Andover, MN; by precious grandchildren Noah Setterholm (Hannah Carey) of Aliso Viejo, CA, Abigail Setterholm Phillips-Grafflin (Calder) of Boston, MA, and Emma Eberlein Jore (Ben) of New Hope, MN; precious great-grandchild, Barrett Allen Jore (5 months) and several nieces and nephews. Marilyn was born on January 16, 1930 in Eldridge, ND, the oldest child of Walter E and Eunice I (Sisson) Torrey. She grew up in Miltona, MN, and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1948; earned an associate’s degree in education at Moorhead State in 1950 and taught first grade in Wayzata, MN, then in Austin, MN. In 1954 she was “Miss Austin” and was a finalist for “Miss Minnesota”. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota, then served as director of Christian education at Arlington Hills Lutheran Church in St. Paul. She married Allen J. Eberlein, an electrical engineer from Honeywell, in 1957. They had 3 children: Tori (1958), Steven (1959) and Mark (1961). In 1965 they built a house on Central Park in St. Anthony. In 1979, Allen built the legendary terrace and gazebo that became Marilyn’s favorite spot. She lived in the house until 2019. Marilyn took piano lessons and at age 12 was the pianist for the American English Lutheran Church of Miltona. She combined her piano skills with her love of teaching and gave piano lessons from her home to up to 24 students a week for 23 years. Marilyn loved the Lutheran Church of the Nativity in St. Anthony as “one of her children”. As an adult Bible teacher, Marilyn was proud to be a member of the Nativity team from 1984 to 2018. An active member of the congregation since 1958 and a woman of strong faith, she led the Wednesday Bible study morning for 40 years. She also taught the ‘Word to the Wise’ group, ‘Word & Witness’ a 2-year study course, and spoke often at other churches about angels in the Bible. In 1984, she founded the Nativity Art Collection, which includes more than 85 nativity scenes from 35 countries. Marilyn has held leadership positions with the Women of the Lutheran Church over the years and served as President of the Minneapolis Area ELCA Women’s Synod from 1987 to 1992. Marilyn enjoyed travelling, art, play the piano, watch college basketball and the MN Twins. She enjoyed being in France when Allen worked with Aerospatiale in the 1980s, and they often extended their trips to the rest of Europe. She continued to travel in Elder Hostels, with her family and independently after Allen’s death in 1995. Her energy and curiosity won her the “Maximizer” award on one of her many group trips. . She loved having a cup of coffee on the deck while listening to the troglodytes, singing in the church choir, attending St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra concerts, gardening and spending quality time with her grandchildren. She loved hanging out the laundry outside in the fresh air! Always in search of a BLT, a perfect catch and a “good fish sandwich”, Marilyn liked to share her meals with others in restaurants. She was generous with her time, prayers, and resources, and was a model of faith and service to many. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 29 at the Lutheran Church of the Nativity, 3312 Silver Lake Road, St. Anthony, MN 55418. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred at the Lutheran Church of the Nativity c/ o Eberlein Family Endowment. Northeast Chapel 612-781-6828

Posted on September 18, 2022

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