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Marian L. Wasley


IRONWOOD, Mich. - Marian L. Wasley, 93, passed away in the loving arms of her husband, Tom, on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.

Marian was born in San Coulee, Mont., on Jan. 28, 1923, to Ronald and Evelyn Guthrie. Her family lived in Duluth, Minn., before moving to Ironwood, where she graduated from Luther L. Wright High School with the Class of 1941.

After high school graduation, she worked at Bendix Corporation in Wayne. She eventually moved back to Ironwood and married her high school sweetheart, Tom, on Aug. 21, 1944.

While raising their family, Tom worked in various mines and during lay-offs, they moved to Park Falls and Wausau, Wis., eventually returning to Ironwood, where she worked at Hurley Electronics for 10 years. After raising their family, Tom accepted a job with the Mine Safety and Health Administration and they moved to Lansing. While in Lansing, she was employed by Michigan State University. Tom's employment relocated them to Hibbing, Minn., and Fort Dodge, Iowa, before finally retiring in Ironwood. Although she left the area, she always considered Ironwood her home.

In her retirement years, she and Tom enjoyed winters in Florida, visiting friends, casino trips, dancing, playing cards and cribbage. She was very active in the Aurora Athletic Club Auxiliary, the Class of '41 Reunion Committee and she was a volunteer at the Ironwood Theatre.

Marian was a quiet, giving person, who cared deeply for her family and loved helping her friends. She and Tom recently celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.

She is survived by her loving husband, Tom; sons, Jerry (Sandy) Wasley, of Kenosha, Wis., and Jeff (Debbie) Wasley, of Ironwood; daughter, Brenda (Jim) Langerman, of Kenosha; grandchildren, Courtney, Melissa, Mike, Amber and Brent; several great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Marge Makinen, and Jan and Russ Anderson, and wonderful neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ronald and Evelyn Guthrie; mother- and father in-law, Etta and Thomas Wasley; daughter, Judy; granddaughter; Lindsay; grandson, Nicholas; and sisters, Jean Guthrie and Gael Anderson.

A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m., on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Ironwood, with Rev. Rosemary DeHut officiating. Marian's family will receive relatives and friends at 10 a.m., until the hour of service at the church. A luncheon will follow the service at Manny's Restaurant. Inurnment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood.

The family would like to thank P.A. Tait, Dr. Pogliano, Dr. Mehboob and the nurses and staff, along with Aspirus Home Health, Community Action, UPCAP and Hospice. The care that Mom received will never be forgotten.

Range Funeral Service & Crematory, Ketola-Burla Funeral Home of Ironwood is assisting the family with arrangements. To express on line condolences, visit us at


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