Marilyn E. Wellensiek, 97 of Syracuse, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2022, at the Syracuse Good Samaritan Society. She was born on September 22, 1925, to Carl & Minnie (Straube) Eden in Burr. Marilyn graduated from Burr High School and started college at UNL at the age of 16. She trained as a part of the Cadet Nurse Corps at UNMC, which prepared nurses for military service. After WWII ended, she graduated as a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UNMC.

Marilyn married Henry F. Wellensiek on February 15, 1950, in Burr. She spent most of her nursing career at the Syracuse Community Memorial Hospital and Syracuse Good Samaritan Society and as a volunteer for various community nursing activities. Marilyn always wanted to stay busy, so when she wasn’t being a nurse, she was helping Henry on the farm, tending a huge garden, and serving as a girl scout leader. She enjoyed cooking and shared that love by teaching all her kids how to cook. Marilyn was also a die-hard Nebraska football fan. The most important thing in Marilyn’s life was her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Janice Tompkins, Karl Wellensiek, Henry C. (Cathy) Wellensiek, Lee (Sharon) Wellensiek; grandchildren: Marc (Christine) Tompkins, Jill (Phil) Lisius, Eric Wellensiek, Louise (Taylor) Ryle; 6 great grandchildren; step grandchildren: PJ Bryant, Aaron (Erica) Bryant; 6 step great grandchildren: Sister-in-law: Hilda Wellensiek; also many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter-in-law Denise Wellensiek; sister Irene Eden; 1 brother-in-law & 5 sisters-in-law.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 26 at 10:00 a.m. at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Syracuse. The service will be livestreamed on the Luther Memorial Church, NE YouTube page. Burial will follow at Park Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 25 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with family greeting friends from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home in Syracuse.

Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

Arrangements By: Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse