Marian Louise Seidlitz

Marian Louise Seidlitz, age 90, of Merrill, passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at the Aspirus Merrill Hospital.  She was born on June 8, 1932, in Vernon County and was the daughter to the late Willard and Linda (Mortenson) Hoilien.  Marian was baptized on July 23, 1932, at the Coon Prairie Lutheran Church in Westby, WI.  She was confirmed in 1948 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Viroqua, WI. Marian graduated from Viroqua High School in 1949.  She had been married to Thomas Seidlitz, father of her children and to Ellsworth Erdman both deceased. Marian worked at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, WI from 1949-1952, at Milprint Company in Milwaukee, WI from 1952-1953 and with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in Merrill, WI from 1970-1991.  Most of the time, she was a stay-at-home mom and loved every minute of it!  Marian enjoyed being with her family and friends and going to social gatherings, traveling, reading, doing crosswords and other puzzles and refinishing furniture. Her faith in God was an important part in her life. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, WELCA and Miriam Bible study circle, various volunteering groups, including the Good Samaritan Hospital Volunteers, the Red Hat Society, her Lake Bunco group, and a member at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Merrill.

Marian is survived by her children: Jeff (Marilyn) Seidlitz of Merrill, WI, Shari (William) Esposito of Northford, CT and Lynn (Jon) Kretlow of Waukegan, IL, grandchildren: Ryan (Jamie) Hoeft, Patty (Kyle) DeBias, Kristina (Dave Patterson) Esposito, Natalie Kretlow, Olivia (David Porcayo) Kretlow and Gabi (Chase Acker) Minoldo, great grandchildren: Justin Schmidt, Riley Hoeft, Megan Minoldo, Mason DeBias, Lucia DeBias and Scarlett Acker, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, former husbands: Thomas Seidlitz and Ellsworth Erdman, daughters: Teresa Seidlitz and Laura Minoldo and siblings: Jean Peterson, Norman Hoilien and Wayne Hoilien.

A memorial service for Marian will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at 11am at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Merrill.  Pastor Kathy Tulman will officiate.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, from 10am until the time of the service, also at the church.  Burial of her cremated remains will take place at a later date at the Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery. Marian had made arrangements to have her body donated to the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Marian wishes to extend a thank you to all her family, friends, and her “lake friends”. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marian’s name to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice. Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences are encouraged and may be made at

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