In Memory of Marlee Erlandson


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday February 26, 2018
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011


10:30 am
Tuesday February 27, 2018
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Mass of the Angels

11:30 am
Tuesday February 27, 2018
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

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Marlee May Erlandson, age 2. Surrounded by her loving family, Marlee May was granted her angel wings on February 23, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Marlee was born to James and Josie Erlandson on October 8, 2015. Her life seemed short to many, but those she touched knew the quality of her existence far exceeded the quantity of time she was lent to us. Her toothy smile and bright personality were a blessing to everyone she encountered.

Although she was never married, she spent her whole life beside her daddy, her first true love. Marlee had many jobs while here on Earth. She was a teacher, and taught everyone how to cherish life and the simple things in it. She was a comedian, bringing joy to everyone who met her. As of February 23rd, she was promoted to a guardian angel, her most important job yet.

She had many hobbies: duck watching with Papa, playing outside, snuggling, tractor rides, baking with her Yaya, and she loved animals.

Marlee is preceded in death by her second cousin Brady Sanford; maternal great-grandparents, Harry (Darlyne) Mark; and paternal great-grandfather, Jim Erlandson. Marlee leaves behind her parents, James and Josie (nee Mark) Erlandson; maternal grandparents, Brian (Dolly) Mark; paternal grandparents, Rock (Jackie) Erlandson; maternal great-grandparents, Pat (Nancy) Hines; paternal great-grandmother, Laura Erlandson; paternal great-grandparents, Roger (Carol) Sanford, and Judy Sanford; aunts, Savanna and Dakkota Mark, and Tomi Erlandson; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Marlee’s family says, “We would like to thank everyone in our community and surrounding communities. The love shown for Marlee and our family has been overwhelming. We are so grateful for you all.”

Mass of the Angels will be held at 11:30 am on Tuesday, February 27th at St. Francis Catholic Church, 231 W. Woodworth St., Ellsworth WI. Visitation will be held one hour prior to Mass on Tuesday, and also from 4:00-7:00pm on Monday, February 26th, at the church. Marlee will be laid to rest at the Lost Creek Cemetery of El Paso WI. Memorials
may be directed to the Marlee May Erlandson Scholarship Fund at the Hiawatha National Bank of Hager City WI.
Services are in the care of the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth. 715-273-4421

Marlee's Tribute Wall

Tributes (6):

  • Dear Josie & James,
    We have never met but I know of Marlee because of Randy and Diane Welsh. We attwnd the same church in River Falls. Since we heard about Marlee we have been praying for her and were so sad to hear of her passing. Though I have never lost a child, I have list a nephew to sidds at 4 months and a twin granddaughter at 5 days old. These are heart wrenching times but God has a plan and we can only believe that he knows what is best. They were sent to us if only for a short time God for a reason. God had a purpose for them and they touch your heart and you realize how fragile life is. May the memories you have give you strength as you face the days and years ahead. Marlee is now watching over you. God bless you and we will keep you in our prayers.
    Our Deepest Sympathies, Fred & Yvonne Benson

  • James, Josie & family,
    Marlee was such an inspiration to all of us who knew her. She will be sadly missed but NEVER forgotten. She will remain in our hearts forever. Rest in peace precious angel! May God give you the peace and comfort to get through this difficult time.
    Love Aunt Shelly

  • Marlee I meet you at Cyrese’ s bridal shower and you were a loving, smiling young girl. You always had a smile on your face. You are going to be missed by many. You were an inspiration to many. God bless and hugs and kisses being sent to James and Josie.

  • Marlee, I met you when you were sick. That short meeting my heart melted. You never left my mind or my heart. I was heartbroken to hear of your passing. You are so loved. God Speed little Angel. You taught me so much, in that short time. Thoughts, prayers and strength to all affected by this Angel.


  • We never had the honor of meeting Marlee in person. We do know Josie, Dolly and other family. Our hearts go out to you all. I feel like i know Marlee thru her parents sharing this journey. I truly thank you for that. Her obituary is absolutly beautiful. written so much like Marlee was. We will continue to pray for you all during this hard time. Marlee will always be remembered by us and my family. and so many more <3

  • Josie and James,
    Our hearts break for you guys! Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Marlee is going to be missed by so many people! Hugs to you all!
    Lon, Pauline, Payton and Brett ❤💔