Marlys Kinsvater

Graveside services for MARLYS KINSVATER, formerly of rural Bucyrus, will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the Hettinger Cemetery, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Pastor Deborah Molbert will officiate with burial of her ashes beside her parents there. The staff of the Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City, are considered honorary bearers for the care given to Marlys for the past 14 years.
MARLYS KINSVATER, was born March 31, 1937 to John and Otilda “Myrtle” (Stenberg) Kinsvater of rural Adams County. She grew up on their small farm, attending school in Reeder, Hettinger and then transferring to Lemmon, South Dakota. Her picture appears in the 1956 Lemmon Lariat yearbook with the senior class.
Marlys spent time at the North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown where she lived until September of 2000. As a result of the new law regarding the disabled in North Dakota, Marlys was discharged from the State Hospital and entered Redwood Village in Wilton, North Dakota for basic care. In March of 2005, when a nursing home was more suited to her condition, she was transferred to Southwest Care Center of Bowman. That September she was admitted to Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City, where specialized care was available. She resided there until her passing.
Marlys was known to preach the bible to fellow residents, in an animated way, leaning in so they could hear her. She had a speech impediment, which was more like a slur, making it difficult for others to understand her. She loved circus peanuts and pop, looking forward to afternoons when she could ask for her quarters at the nurse’s desk. Several times Marlys was near death from pneumonia. Over 5 years ago she was even admitted to hospice care. She rallied though and was immediately dismissed from hospice after she pulled a nurse down close to her face saying, “Did you bring me an orange pop?”
Co-Guardians and Conservators named for Marlys in an order dated October 6, 1992 were Jerry Ehlers and Gordon Binek. Subsequently, in 2002, Carol Fordahl was named Successor Guardian and Conservator, serving in that capacity until her death.
Cora Nordness, the sister to Myrtle Kinsvater, left a bequest to Marlys, paid semi-annually while she lived. It covered a good portion of her nursing home bills, making her Medicaid obligation less. She was also the beneficiary of the John and Myrtle Kinsvater Trust.
Marlys was preceded in death by her father, John Kinsvater on October 19, 1996 and her mother, Myrtle on November 6, 1999. She is survived by numerous cousins and relatives.
Marlys was the light of John and Myrtle Kinsvater’s lives. May she now rest peacefully in their arms. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the West River Health Services Foundation in Marlys’ honor.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger, North Dakota and condolences to Marlys’ family can be sent through our website at