Marion L. Ruplinger


Marion L. Ruplinger, 87, of Willmar, formerly of New London, died Thursday, December 19, 2019, at the Copperleaf Senior Living Community in Willmar. Her memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, December 28, at Peace Lutheran Church in New London. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in New London. A visitation will be held from 5-7:00 pm Friday at Peace Lutheran Church in New London and continue one hour prior to the service. Services are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in New London.  Marion Luella Ruplinger was born on May 14, 1932, in Hancock, Minnesota, the daughter of Alfred and Anna (Boettcher) Toop. Marion was baptized on June 19, 1932, and confirmed into Christian faith on June 3, 1945. Marion graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College High School in New Ulm with the Class of 1949. On June 6, 1951, Marion was united in marriage to Richard Ruplinger at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hancock. This union was blessed with three sons and a daughter. Marion lived in Hancock, Cyrus, Morris, and Willmar before settling in New London. She worked at Sears, and J. C. Penny, before becoming the site manager at the Willmar and New London Senior Citizen Dining Sites. On October 4, 2005, Richard died. They shared in 54 years of marriage before his death.  Marion was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and the New London Legion Auxiliary. She was very active in her church and community. Marion was known for making angel food cake; many people asked her to bake for them over the years. Marion was a great wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marion L. Ruplinger died December 19, 2019, at the age of 87. She is survived by her sons: Mark of Olivia, Michael (Irene) of Denver, CO, and Jerry (Joyce) of Claysville, PA; daughter, Joy (Danny) Estby of Parker, CO; 10 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Doretta Lankow of Wahpeton, ND. Marion was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Anna; husband, Richard; granddaughter, Samantha Ruplinger; sisters, Bernice Anderson and Marjorie Berget; brothers, Allen (Shorty), John, Norman, Kenneth, and an infant brother.

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