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Marilyn H Carder

June 20, 1932 ~ April 13, 2018 (age 85)


Marilyn Helen Carder, age 85 passed away at the Vernon Manor Nursing Home in Viroqua on Friday, April 13th, 2018.  She was born on June 20, 1932 in La Crosse to Henry and Mable (Ostreng) Kuester.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg.  She grew up on the farm at rural Chaseburg and graduated from Viroqua High School in 1950.  In 1951 she graduated from La Crosse School of Beauty and worked in La Crosse.

She married PFC Louis Harlan Carder in Chaseburg.  As a military wife she moved a lot.  They were stationed in Europe, lived in France and Germany.  She saw a lot of the world before they returned to the states.  They were then stationed in Texas, Kansas, Missour, and Denver, Colorado.  While in Colorado Lou was killed in a car accident and Marilyn was severely injured in 1969.  She then moved back to Wisconsin where she was employed at the Bowl A Way lanes where she taught junior bowlers.  She enjoyed bowling was known as a top bowler.  She also had worked at Tamco and VARC.  She did a lot on knitting and quilting.   She was engaged to Norman Brudos and they enjoyed many road trips to the casinos. 

Marilyn is survived by one son; Allen Carder of La Crosse, one daughter; Kathy (Mark) Johnson, fiancé Norm, one sister, Karleen (Bill) Finn of La Crosse, seven grandchildren; Jeremiah (Jessica) Johnson, Logan Johnson, Maria Johnson, Leah (Mark) Sloan, Casey Carder, Jenna Carder, Allen Carder,Jr., a daughter-in-law,Dawn (Rudy) Jolovich, other relatives and many friends.  She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Heidi in 1984, a son, Harlan Carder in 2001, a sister, Lou Ann Kuester and an infant sister. The family is extremely appreciated of the care that Marilyn received on the 400 wing of Vernon Manor.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, April 23rd, 2018 at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua with Pastor Kathy Ingbritsen officiating.  Burial will be in the Viroqua Cemetery.  Friends may call after 10 a.m. prior to the service.  The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or charity of their choice. Online condolences may be left at

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