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Marina Strohbusch 11/02/2021

Marina K. Strohbusch, age 66 of River Falls, died on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at her home. She was born the daughter of Stanley and Dolores Kowalczyk on September 4, 1955 in Mannheim, Germany. Marina grew up in Wild Rose, Wisconsin, graduating from Wild Rose High School, class of 1973. She worked in the service industry as a waitress and a caretaker to the Simmons family. Marina raised her three sons, Joshua, Jacob, and Jeremiah. She loved knitting, taking care of her cats, and antiques. Marina was religious and loved her bible study with the ladies. She enjoyed cooking for her friends and family. Marina was dependable and loving to her sons. She is preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Dolores Kowalczyk. Marina is survived by her sons, Joshua (Lori Seehafer) Strohbusch, Jacob (Jamie) Strohbusch, Jeremiah Strohbusch; grandchildren, Averi, Alexa and Olivia, and Noah Strohbusch; brothers, Stanley Kowalczyk III, Curtis (Robbin) Kowalczyk, and Daniel Kowalczyk; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Memorials may be directed to Mayo Clinic Cancer Research or Animal Humane Society. A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 11-3PM at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (805 E Division Street) in River Falls. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Mary Rivard Posted November 3, 2021 5:10 pm

    Jerry, Jake and Josh: Sincere sympathies with the loss of your sweet & beautiful mother Marina. She was a joy to be around and to talk with. Seems like yesterday you all just lived down the street from us in Hammond.

    With Love & Hugs to you and your Mama Angel.
    Mary, John & Mark Rivard

  • Rita Fern Posted November 3, 2021 6:14 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was so special to me. Her love of Jesus was a witness to me and anyone who knew her. Our only comfort now is knowing she is with our Savior. Many will miss her. My prayers are with you. Josh, Jake and Jerry.

  • Doreen Kruschke Posted November 3, 2021 6:31 pm

    Josh, Jake and Jerry!
    Howard and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your families. Your mom was a wonderful person. Hold your memories close. Thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

    Doreen and Howard

  • Gayle Bohatta Posted November 3, 2021 6:33 pm

    Josh,j Jake and Jerry! So sorry to hear about your mom. She was an awesome women, so kind and special. You three wii be in my prayers. See is with the Angels know! Sending hugs and love to you three!

  • Julie Stow Posted November 3, 2021 7:36 pm

    So sorry Josh,Jake and Jerry!. I am so heartbroken hearing this news tonight . She was an amazing person and friend. She was funny and sweet and I will miss her everyday.

  • Kathy monett Posted November 3, 2021 7:50 pm

    Hugs to the family. Marina was my best friend at work and I will miss her so very much.

  • Pam Lange Posted November 4, 2021 6:25 am

    I clean professionally for the Simmons family so for many years Narina and I would talk every Friday. She was a good listener and veteran mom so I enjoyed our talks. We were always different but respectful of each other. She almost came to work for me one time. Simmons lured her back. She was an extremely hard worker and very reliable and honest. I will remember the Fridays fondly when we would debate whether going to church was necessary and if letting yourself kid have a drink was ok and on and on. Many times she listened to me about my mom’s cruelty. I will miss you friend!!!

  • Geno Hanson Posted November 10, 2021 7:06 pm

    I haven’t seen Marina in several years but I can remember how kind she was when she was a customer on my paper route in Roberts and later when I worked at Roberts Grocery. Peace be with all her family and friends.

  • E Barette Posted November 13, 2021 5:13 pm

    Marina was a beautiful person. Kind to all.

  • Helen Paradez Posted November 14, 2021 3:41 pm

    Marina, what will I do without you? Almost every week, calling, texting, emailing each other for the past, what 30 yrs. A confidant to each other. Less calling, emailing while going through your treatment. Josh, Jake, Jerry, death is so devastating, so final losing my eldest son to the same type of cancer in spring. Nothing fills the void. Her belief in God got me through my grief and we both believed God would make the right decision. She was so giving. Helping everyone. Loved her boys and grandchildren.
    “May the Lord watch between me and thee while we are absent one from another.”

    • Missy Simmons Posted November 26, 2021 11:30 pm

      I’m sorry about your son.

  • Sandra Bigham Posted December 2, 2021 3:45 pm

    Marina-strohbusch-11-02-2021 the passing of another great family member. The description of Marina ! Love 💘 always understanding and patient..Say hi 👋 to all the family members you’ll be seeing again. I know that there will come a time when we will see you. Can’t wait!

  • Pam & Dan Hannon and Dolores Grudzinski Posted December 4, 2021 7:46 am

    Jerry, Jake and Josh: Our hearts were broken to learn of Marina’s passing. We shared many wonderful times together and her kind and caring ways will always be remembered. Aunt Dolores especially recalls how she always enjoyed when Marina was at the farm and later visits to our house. We will miss her greatly but we know she raised wonderful young men and leaves us all filled with the love she generously shared with everyone. May God hold her in His hands and continue to console you with the wonderful memories of this great woman. All our love to you.

  • Pamela Herink Posted December 4, 2021 8:42 am

    Bless your dear families as you mourn the loss for f your wonderful Mother, Marina

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