Marilyn was born July 11, 1931, in Langdon, ND, to Peter and Tillie (Gellner) Lorenz. She went to school in Langdon, graduating from St. Alphonsus in 1949. On November 10, 1949, Marilyn and Lowell Kartes were married at St. Alphonsus Church in Langdon. Marilyn worked as a typesetter at the Cavalier County Republican for over 40 years. She enjoyed cooking and baking and was known for her jelly, sauerkraut, perogies, and “Grandma’s caramel rolls”. She also liked to go camping, fishing, and dancing. She looked forward to visiting with family and socializing with friends whenever she and Lowell went out. Marilyn was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary and St. Alphonsus Church in Langdon.
Surviving Marilyn are her husband, Lowell, of Langdon; daughter Diann (Steve) Beste of Warroad, MN; grandsons: Jason (Michelle) Kempert and Justin (Michelle) Kempert; great-grandchildren: Brandon (Meagan), Kaeden, Gannon, and Hailee; sister LouAnn Fleck of Minot, ND; and her very special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Donald (LaVerne) Lorenz, and grandson Jeffrey Beste.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021, at St. Alphonsus Church in Langdon, ND. Masks are highly recommended. Inurnment will be Calvary Cemetery in Langdon.