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Marlene “Toots” Fritz Hockeborn

Marlene “Toots” Fritz Hockeborn

May 24, 1933 - Jan. 11, 2013

Marlene Pull Hockeborn, 79, of Fergus Falls, died Friday, January 11, 2013, at Pioneer Care in Fergus Falls MN.

She was born May 24, 1933, in St. Cloud, the daughter of Frank and Florence (Clayton) Pull. She was baptized and confirmed at St Anthony Catholic Church in St. Cloud and graduated from Technical High School. She married Robert Fritz in St. Cloud on Sep 25, 1952 and moved to Fergus Falls in 1962.

Marlene was a volunteer at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School and later became a library aide at the Fergus Falls High School. She taught confirmation and was involved in numerous church groups. She was a gardener, a quilter, enjoyed reading, writing poetry and musical ditties, and enjoyed singing, dancing, plays, whistling, was an artist, a witty person and a wordsmith.

On June 23, 1990, she married the love of her life, Harl Hockeborn II on a boat in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. She was very active in Christ Church on Kent Island while living in Maryland. They lived in Stevensville, Maryland until his death on July 17, 2011 at which time she returned to Fergus Falls to be near her family.

Preceding her in death were husband, Harl; two daughters, Janice and Charlotte; a son, Charles; two brothers, Roger Francis Pull and Thomas Garfield Pull (who died as a child); and twin grandsons, Adam and Ryan Miller.

Survivors include her seven daughters, Deborah (Mike) Karsnia of Erhard, MN, Catherine (Mark) Helland of Fergus Falls, MN, Joyce Fritz (Don Kraft) of Green Bay, WI, Elizabeth (Dennis) Miller of Collinsville, IL, Marti Carlson of New London, MN, Mary Frances (Gordon) Thomas of Mayville, WI and Patty (Brian) Jensen of Spicer, MN; four stepchildren, Wendy (Lee) Matchett of Jeanette, PA, Robin (Peter) Gilbert of Washington, DC, Kathy (Dimitri) Adcock of Oak Hill, VA and Harl (Margaret) Hockeborn III of Chesapeake, VA;19 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren and siblings, Gloria (Lawrence) Thome, Patricia Parsons, Mary Ann Woods, Thomas Arthur (Arlene) Pull, and William (Mary) Pull, all of St. Cloud, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of dear friends.

Memorials are preferred to Pioneer Care or the Salvation Army, both of Fergus Falls. Visitation will be 4:30-6:30 pm Friday, January 18 with a prayer service at 6:30 pm at the Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls, MN.

Memorial and celebration of life service will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, January 19 at the Pioneer Care Celebration Center, Fergus Falls, MN. Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls. Condolences may be sent online at