Marie Sersland

Thursday, June 30, 2016 1:42 pm

Marie Sersland, 103, of Decorah, died Wednesday morning, June 29, 2016, at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Decorah, with Rev. Ron Roberts officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah and Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., one hour before the service, at the church. Organist was Paul Bruvold. Congregational hymns were “Rock of Ages,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “What A Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Beautiful Savior.” Honorary bearers  were all of her card-playing friends. Casket bearers were Keith Sersland, Brent Carlson, Bryon Tapp, Jim Lizarraga, Brad Carlson,  Christopher Reimer, Tyler Carlson, Jimmy Lizarraga and Sammy Lizarraga.

Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah served the family.  Online condolences may be made at

Marie (Brown) Sersland was born April 27, 1913, in Decorah, the daughter of Julius and Emma (Peck) Brown. She was baptized and confirmed at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church. She attended Broghammer country school and graduated from Decorah High School with the class of 1931. In her youth, Marie loved playing all sports, especially playing ball with her brothers. She was united in marriage to Harold Sersland June 14, 1933, at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church. To this union two sons were born, Robert and Dean. Harold and Marie farmed and she helped with all of the chores. She was very active in Ladies Aid and Circle at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church and had a very strong faith. She was a very good cook and liked to entertain. Marie always liked to look her best, loved playing cards especially bridge and was very competitive in her games.  She did knitting, sewing and embroidery. She loved horses and enjoyed bowling and fishing.  Marie loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren and spending time with her whole family. She always wanted to know what was going on and being involved in their lives. Marie and Harold also spent 13 winters in Arizona.  Marie became a resident of Aase Haugen Home July 24, 2009.

Marie is survived by her two sons, Robert (Sadie) Sersland of Decorah and Dean (Judy) Sersland of DuBois, Wyo.; six grandchildren: Keith (Peggy) Sersland of Decorah, Cheryl (Brent) Carlson of St. Olaf, Bonnie (Bryon) Tapp of Austin, Minn., Deanna (Jim) Lizarraga of Cedar Rapids, Valerie (and special friend Matt) Sersland of Casper, Wyo. and Dustin (Beki) Sersland of Sheridan, Wyo.; nine great-grandchildren: Brad (Alisha) Carlson, Jamie (Christopher) Reimer, Tyler (Kimberly) Carlson, Robin Sersland, Shawn Sersland, Jimmy Lizarraga, Sammy Lizarraga, Hunter Sersland and Braeden Sersland; and by seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold, June 23, 1983; great-grandson Jay Sersland; great-granddaughter Gabrielle Gerleman; three brothers: Lloyd, Leonard, and Clarence Brown; and her sister, Stella Erickson.

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