Longtime Sterling resident, Mrs. Marilyn "Moe" Bolvin died Friday, May 21, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 71.
A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2010 at The Star Of The North Lutheran Church, 216 North Forest Drive in Kenai. A gathering will follow at the church. Reverends Corbie Cross, George Rakos, and Bob Deardoff will be officiating.
Mrs. Bolvin was born Oct. 25, 1938 in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended the University City High School. She was a straight "A" student and graduated with honors in 1956. Moe attended Blackburn College for three years in Carlinville, Illinois, majoring in math. She met her husband, Earl, in January of 1967 and married on Dec. 8, 1967. They built a four-plex in Anchorage that was their home for 28 years. When Earl retired, they built a home in Sterling and have lived there until Moe's death. They shared a deep love for each other throughout the 42 1/2 years of marriage.
Mrs. Bolvin was a Chief Deputy Clerk in Anchorage in the Superior Court 3rd Judicial District from 1962 to 1970. She was a lifelong member of the LCMS - Missouri and Alaska Local congregations. She was a master knitter; yarn and needles were her constant companions.
Her family wrote, "Moe had a strong Christian faith and dearly loved her lord and savior, Jesus Christ. She enjoyed Sunday school and Bible studies. She loved working with children and adult evangelism. She had a very special love for children and was 'Gramma Moe' to most of them. Moe will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Moe was a strong willed woman who always said what she meant and meant what she said. She was a completely honest individual whose word was her bond. She was a very beautiful lady, inside and out."
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bart Samuel Whitby and Olivia Louise (Aufderheide) Whitby.
She is survived by her husband, Earl B. Bolvin of Sterling; cousins, Betty Doyen and her husband, Ralph of Desoto, Missouri, Fred Aufderheide and his wife, Mary of St. Louis, and Robert Aufderheide and his wife, Carol of Mission Viejo, California.
Flowers or memorial donations may be sent to The Star of the North Lutheran Church, 216 N. Forest Drive. Kenai, Alaska 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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