ForeverMissed
Marlys A. Jentoft aged 78 of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, passed away on July 15, 2020, due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis.

Due to the current COVID 19 restrictions, a memorial service will not be held at this time. A “Celebration of Life” Memorial Service will be held in the future at Our Father’s House at 18358 US-69 in Albert Lea, Minnesota where Marlys worked closely with her husband Kip who served as the pastor for 26 years.

Marlys was born in Duluth, Minnesota on August 8, 1941. She graduated from Denfeld High School in 1959.

Marlys married Kip Jentoft on December 4, 1958, and they were married 60 years.

Marlys was a professional artist and painter and participated in a number of art shows where she showed and sold her paintings. She also was a talented musician and pianist and shared this gift with her church and other communities throughout her life. Marlys was actively involved in the local community in Albert Lea including disaster preparedness efforts and working with the victims crisis hotline. She was very involved in the youth ministry at Our Father’s House and helped lead the annual clothing giveaways. When she moved to Select Senior Living, in Coon Rapids Minnesota, she volunteered her time there, sharing her music, teaching art, and helping with a variety of other activities. She loved people and they loved her.

Marlys is survived by her sons Keith and Karl, her daughter Kay, and ten grandchildren.

Marlys is preceded in death by her husband Kip, her mother Anne, and her father Evert.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Our Father’s House at 18358 US-69, Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007.

The family of Marlys Jentoft wishes to thank the many friends and family who have shared their lives with Marlys over the years.



 
Posted by Janet Kretzschmar on August 1, 2020
from GENE:
   Kip and Marlys are dear friends of ours for years at WOTL. Kip did one of our children's orthodontics. We loved worshipping with Marlys in the lead.
We visited with them several times in Albert Lea on our way through town.
   On July 6,2020, while in Mercy Hospital with a heart issue, I had Kip come to mind. I have asked the Lord why he came to mind. I believe Elohiym loves the processes in our lives here, and in heaven. Kip was being alerted in heaven to get a reception ready for his Bride coming home soon! He was forerunning: the Lord is preparing a grand celebration for each of us.
   Be blessed and comforted. We will see them soon.

from JANET:
   They were wonderful people, so thoughtful and kind. 
   Our great sympathies to the family!
Posted by Renae Follmuth on July 28, 2020
Marlys taught me to play chord piano music 30 years ago when I was a teenager. Though it was for only about 6 months, she had a profound impact on my life beyond just playing music. I remember her fondly. ❤️
Posted by Anne Herr on July 26, 2020
I remember the first time I met Marlys. Karl and I were dating and she came out to DC to visit. I was meeting them at a restaurant and I was late--I was so nervous that I scraped my car against a pillar in the parking garage. However there was no need to worry as it turned out that Marlys was one of the least intimidating people ever and her warmth shone through from the very first meeting. Marlys defines what is means to be a people person. She was always curious about and genuinely interested in other people, and her warm hospitality always made me feel at home. 

In addition to memories, we have so many tangible recollections of Marlys--from paintings, rosemal furniture, and hand-crocheted afghans, to beloved family recipes and special grandma books recording visits and the details of everyday life. Most of all I see a lot of her in Karl, and am grateful.
Posted by Elizabeth Houvener on July 24, 2020
Before Kip and Marlys moved to Albert Lea, they were our neighbors across the street and I had piano lessons with Marlys. The Heirs had many memories over the years with them. One of my favorite memories was actually after I had moved East, getting to see them when they visited DC and giving them a tour of the Capitol building where I was working on Capitol Hill. Their intensity for God and zest for life was infectious and will be very much missed.
Posted by Diane Williams on July 23, 2020
When I think of Marlys, the words, 'a life well lived' comes to mind. She lived with zest and passion, with beautiful music, and beautiful artwork. But mostly she lived with an eye for eternity - a love for the Lord, and for all people. Marlys (and Kip) always encouraged me in missions - serving together on a missions task force at Way of the Cross (Lord) church, and continuing to welcome me and listen when I was on home visits, either up at their place at Okontoe or in their home in Albert Lea. I count it a privilege to have known such a godly woman who used her talents for His glory!

Posted by Bonnie Beckstrom on July 22, 2020
Marlys was a dear friend and mentor. We met at Way of the Cross church. She was an encourager as well as a great listener. One Christmas we made rosettes and thought green food dye would be Christmassy. Not a good idea. We also made cardamom bread together and when she moved to Albert Lea I would bring my bowls and ingredients and spend weekends with her baking. I am eternally grateful for the visit I had with her this past February prior to shutdown and I just spoke to her several weeks ago. God is good all the time.
Posted by Sharon Brodin on July 22, 2020
Marlys made a huge impact on my life when I was a 20-something, just graduated from college and embarking on life. She and Kip were at Way of the Cross then, where she encouraged me non-stop to pursue all kinds of musical endeavors there.

She and Kip also had a lease campsite at Okontoe in those years, where I worked as summer staff. She would invite me into her camper for a Diet Pepsi and a chat there by the lake. She knew it was nice to talk to a grown-up once in awhile when surrounded by teenagers day and night :)

I've been blessed by Marlys's positive attitude, energy, creativity and encouragement for many decades.

Love to the family!

Leave a Tribute

 
Recent Tributes
Posted by Janet Kretzschmar on August 1, 2020
from GENE:
   Kip and Marlys are dear friends of ours for years at WOTL. Kip did one of our children's orthodontics. We loved worshipping with Marlys in the lead.
We visited with them several times in Albert Lea on our way through town.
   On July 6,2020, while in Mercy Hospital with a heart issue, I had Kip come to mind. I have asked the Lord why he came to mind. I believe Elohiym loves the processes in our lives here, and in heaven. Kip was being alerted in heaven to get a reception ready for his Bride coming home soon! He was forerunning: the Lord is preparing a grand celebration for each of us.
   Be blessed and comforted. We will see them soon.

from JANET:
   They were wonderful people, so thoughtful and kind. 
   Our great sympathies to the family!
Posted by Renae Follmuth on July 28, 2020
Marlys taught me to play chord piano music 30 years ago when I was a teenager. Though it was for only about 6 months, she had a profound impact on my life beyond just playing music. I remember her fondly. ❤️
Posted by Anne Herr on July 26, 2020
I remember the first time I met Marlys. Karl and I were dating and she came out to DC to visit. I was meeting them at a restaurant and I was late--I was so nervous that I scraped my car against a pillar in the parking garage. However there was no need to worry as it turned out that Marlys was one of the least intimidating people ever and her warmth shone through from the very first meeting. Marlys defines what is means to be a people person. She was always curious about and genuinely interested in other people, and her warm hospitality always made me feel at home. 

In addition to memories, we have so many tangible recollections of Marlys--from paintings, rosemal furniture, and hand-crocheted afghans, to beloved family recipes and special grandma books recording visits and the details of everyday life. Most of all I see a lot of her in Karl, and am grateful.
Recent stories

Stefan Jentoft Comments in Her Final Weeks

Shared by Keith Jentoft on August 7, 2020
Grandma, you have touched my life in so many ways.  Your constant energy unfailingly optimistic outlook on life, and your deep and steadfast faith have all inspired me and buoyed me up in my endeavors. For as many times as you've said "My idea of adventure is hanging a difficult piece of wallpaper," I have so many memories of stories you've told of an active, impactful life that you've led. From whitewater rafting the Colorado to organizing Sunday schools, to setting up Camp Cousin, I have looked up to your drive to live life to the fullest and to care for those within your sphere of influence.

Whatever I have been going through in the ups and downs of my own life, you have been a steadying presence. Whatever struggle or joy I've been experiencing, I have always been able to count on you for a sympathetic or equally jubilant ear to hear me out. Moreover, in you I have had a friend with whom to spend countless hours talking about shared loves of history, genealogy, art, and music. You have inspired me to continue to grow not only as a musician and artist, but in my faith in so, so many ways.

In short, she is as brave, faithful, caring, loving, generous, and devoted a friend and grandmother as one could ask for with a vivacity and character wrapped up in a physical stature perfect for bear hugs.
Stefan

A treasured friend

Shared by Larry Ballard on July 23, 2020
We lived together and shared life together with Kip and Marlys at Daystar in St. Louis Park. We also ministered together at Twin City Fellowship in Minneapolis, MN. We considered both Marlys and Kip, not just coworkers, but also as close, dear, friends. We have many wonderful memories that we will cherish forever.

My wife Violet and Marlys shared a special bond as piano players and lovers of worship. We spent many hours worshipping the Lord together.

One special memory was an outreach trip we took together to Mexico in 1981. What an adventure! Our love for Kip, Marlys and their family will always remain in our hearts. Thank you, Lord for the gift of the Jentoft family into our lives. 

Amy (Hallberg) Stephens' Comments

Shared by Karl Jentoft on July 19, 2020

Staying at the lake with Kip & Mar. Swimming in the docked in area and playing in the little log house.

Kip & Mar came out to Mom &  Dad's on the new motorcycle. Mar got off and said something about balance! She had SAS shoes on and the soles had melted from resting on the exhaust pipes of the cycle. We all had a good laugh!