In Memory of Marvelyn H. Bjorholm

Marvelyn H. Bjorholm
Marvelyn H. Bjorholm
Born: October 27, 1918
Died: October 10, 2019
Age: 100
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Marvelyn H. Bjorholm
October 27, 1918 - October 10, 2019

Marvelyn Bjorholm, age 100, of Bonita Springs, Florida (formerly of Battle Creek, Iowa) passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at the American House Memory Care Unit of Bonita Springs, Florida.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Rev. Kevin J. Freese will officiate with Committal Services following in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m, Friday, October 18, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Marvelyn Hazel Bjorholm was born on October 27, 1918, in Wilmot, South Dakota. She was the daughter of Clarence and Mary (Smith) Langworthy. She graduated from Wilmot High School and continued her education in Aberdeen, South Dakota, where she received her teacher’s certificate and taught country school for 10 years.

On August 19, 1947, Marvelyn was united in marriage to Arthur Bjorholm in the Presbyterian Church in Wilmot, South Dakota. The couple were blessed with four children: Marlene, Lois, Robert and Ronald.

Marvelyn worked in Battle Creek, Iowa, at the First Presbyterian Church as the secretary for 30 years. She also cleaned the Battle Creek Hartley Hospital for 15 years. Marvelyn was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Women and Naomi Circle. She participated in the Pleasant Valley Women’s Club, Garfield Women’s Club, Mariners, the local historical society and as a 4-H leader. Marvelyn loved gardening and canning the fruits of her labor. She also enjoyed playing cards, fishing and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Marlene (Larry) Crawford of Indianola, Iowa, Lois Bachman of Bonita Springs, Florida, Robert (Denise) Bjorholm of Battle Creek, Iowa; 7 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great- great grandson; extended family and friends.

Marvelyn was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Mary Langworthy; husband Arthur Bjorholm; son Ronald Bjorholm and extended family.



10:30 a.m., Saturday
October 19, 2019
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Rev. Kevin J. Freese


Keith Davis         
Don Minks
Jeremy Bachman          
Jim Hansen
Josh Bachman             
Josh Eash
Nick Bjorholm       
Larry Bjorholm



5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
October 18,  2019
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


"In The Garden"
"How Great Thou Art"


Mount Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 3:40 PM
“I remember Marvelyn's wonderful smile and enthusiasm for everything she did for
our 4-H club. She was an inspiration for us all. God bless Lois, Robert, and Marlene.
Your mom was a very special lady.
Diane (Zabel) Schreiber”
- Diane (Zabel) Schreiber
Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 8:44 AM
“Our sympathy & prayers to all of you. We always enjoyed visiting with Marvelyn when she came to Wilmot, such a happy lady and fun to be around.”
- Bob & Bev Pierce
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 8:14 PM
“I am so very sorry for your loss and have been thinking of all of you. Marvelyn was a wonderful lady who will be greatly missed by oh so many. ”
- Sheila Petersen
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 12:14 PM
“Robert, Marlene & Lois, We are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was one of the greatest and strongest ladies I've ever known. Her faith was like no other and we know she is at peace at last. She was like a second mother to me growing up and I will never forget her. Mom's best friend is with her once again! May God give you peace and comfort in this difficult time. Grace & peace. Carl & Gaylene Lee”
- Carl & Gaylene Lee
Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:25 PM
“I remember her so well as church secretary when Wendell was on the session. And our fun trips to South Dakota. We remember Jon’s friend, Ronnie, so fondly.”
- Jean Wilcke
Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:25 PM
“What a lady! Always admired her while I was growing up. She did an amazing job of raising her children! All of her many fine character traits are evident in her grown children. ”
- Sandy Manderfeld
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 3:36 PM
“Memories of a lovely strong lady. Marvelyn was a a fixture in our community and church. She helped raise many of us. May God comfort and bless her family!”
- Ron and Roxie Meier
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 9:21 AM
“Your Mother was such a kind person and we enjoyed being around her. For years our families would have some great get together’s. So sorry for your loss. ”
- Dave & Joyce Johnson
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 8:13 AM
“So sad to hear this, she was always so nice. My condolences to her family. ”
- James Modrell
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:03 PM
“May you be comforted by your memories. Marvelyn has always been a fixture in my memory. I hope she was happy to be in a warm place for the winters. My love and thoughts are with you all.”
- Connie Rogge McCrary
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 3:49 PM
“Your mom was a great lady was always a joy to be around. She was one of the good ones....”
- Henry & Bev Jessen
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