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In Memory of Marilyn J. Dittman


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday July 5, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
1010 Newton Street
Baldwin WI, 54002

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday July 6, 2021
Immanuel Lutheran Church
2526 80th Ave
Woodville WI, 54028

Marilyn J. Dittman, age 65, of Baldwin, WI, died suddenly on June 29, 2021 in Rochester, MN, as a result of a horse riding accident.

Marilyn was born on August 24, 1955 in St. Paul, MN to Willard and Marie (Krueger) Ott. Her family later moved from North St Paul to Wisconsin, where she went to school and graduated from River Falls High School, the class of 1973. She went on to obtain her Nursing Degree from Mounds-Midway School of Nursing in St. Paul, graduating in 1977. She had a successful career as a Registered Nurse, beginning her career at Baldwin Hospital. She later worked at United Hospital as a surgical nurse and the River Falls Hospital as a labor and delivery nurse, ending her career at Western Wisconsin Health. Marilyn was passionate about her profession and for each mother, baby, and patient that she cared for. She had a strong work ethic, always coming in early and staying late. Her hard work and loving nature made her an amazing coworker and caregiver.

Marilyn was an animal lover as she grew up on a dairy farm and raised horses. Horses were a big part of her life and she shared that passion with her family. She enjoyed the many years of showing horses, traveling to shows and trail riding. 

Above everything, family was her biggest love. She cherished time spent together on the holidays, and loved showering them with gifts to show her loving nature. She was always shopping for the perfect gifts, not only for her family but the many others that she was close to.  She was generous, kind hearted, loving, and motherly to everyone that she encountered. Wherever she went she made sure to find a bakery so those around her could enjoy a sweet treat. 

Her house was the hub that everyone came to for laughs and great memories. Marilyn was the glue of her family and embodied the definition of an amazing Mom (and 2nd Mom to so many)! She was also immensely proud of her 4 granddaughters and enjoyed spending time with them.  She was always there to cheer them on at dance, softball or hockey. 

She will remain in the hearts of her children: Kendra (Bret) Fredrickson, Jared Dittman, Sheila (Dan) Duch, and Dustin Dittman; 4 granddaughters: Brynnli and Kilyn Fredrickson, and Presley and Porter Duch; siblings: Ron (JoAnn) Ott, Dorothy Ott, Marvin (Joy Ketchum) Ott, and John Ott; along with many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

A Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 5, 2021 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St. Baldwin, WI. Funeral Service will be at 11:00a.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2526 80th Ave., Woodville, WI, with a visitation held one hour prior to the service at church. Interment at the church cemetery. Marilyn’s funeral service will be livestreamed on the Immanuel Lutheran Church Youtube Channel.

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    • Dear Family, Such a terrible tragedy; Marilyn has departed us way too young. But she left us doing something she really loved. It was a pleasure to see Marilyn again after 50 some years when we recently attended her Aunt Elaine Krueger’s funeral. I will hold onto that memory of her. I grew up in the Lake Elmo area and my parents knew Marilyn’s parents. As a kid I had been to the Ott Dairy and got to know the Ott kids. May all her family and friends hold on to those many wonderful memories you have of Marilyn.
      My Sympathy, Linda Dornfeld, Winsted, MN.

    • I remember Marilyn from my days at RFAH when she worked in surgery and in OB. She was so kind & sweet to work with. I am saddened to hear of her accident. Prayers of comfort and peace for her family & friends.

    • I’m so sorry Marilyns life was cut short. I treasure the fond memories I have of the many shifts we worked together at the River Falls Area Hospital and the time spent having fun with her away from work. Marilyn is the perfect example of living each day to its fullest. She was always in a pleasant mood. I just loved to listen to her stories and hear of the adventures she would have. Very few people could keep up with her schedule. Marilyn was so proud of her family and we always knew if she wasn’t working she was spending time with all of you. . Marilyn touched the life’s of everyone She encountered with her warm , friendly caring attitude. May the love and memories you will hold forever
      In your hearts carry you through this difficult time My deepest sympathy to all of you.

    • My sincere condolences….. this is a bit of a shock …. while Marilyn was participating in warm-water therapy exercises I had the honor of getting to know her. Her love of life, fun and adventure will always stay with me. I hope as the sadness of this accident fades – the good memories remain. Peace be with you.