- Born: 28 Apr 1902, Mindoro, Wisconsin 747,1618
- Marriage: Melvin August Fauska on 15 Jun 1926 in La Crosse, Wisconsin
- Died: 26 Apr 1992, Hillsboro, Wisconsin aged 89 744,1618
- Buried: 29 Apr 1992, Glendale Cemetery, Kendall, WI 1618
Marion was a teacher for 25 straight years after raising her kids. She ended her career as a teacher of the fourth grade in the Wilton School. Overall her teaching spanned 46 years. She said she preferred teaching in rural schools because "there is a closeness in small country schools that you do not find in other systems."
After graduating from Onalaska High in 1921 she went to LaCrosse Normal School (now UW LaCrosse) for a summer and a semester, and passed the test required for teaching. Then she got a call from a school near Kendall. She is quoted as saying "Where in the world is Kendall?". At the end of her first year there she met her husband to be. She gave up teaching then to become a farmer's wife.
In her later years she broke a hip and had to give up the cross country skiing she dearly loved. She also served on the board of the Monroe County Services for Aging. In these later years she enjoyed playing a card game with her friends called Pheiffer.
When she was a student at Onalaska high, her and her classmate Flora Brooks were guards on the girls' basketball team. They wore bloomers and middy blouses with big ties. They practiced and played in a barn near the Agricultural School. She said "There wasn't any heat in the barn but we had a winning team, I'll tell you." Once Marion jumped out of the Library window and sprained her ankle. She said "There was this boy out in the hall that I didn't want to see, so I jumped out the window." Luckily the library was on the first floor.
The LaCrosse Tribune, Tuesday, April 28, 1992, page A-8
Marion C. Fauska
KENDALL, Wisconsin - Marion C. Fauska, 89, of Kendall died Sunday, April 26, 1992, in St. Joseph's Nursing Home, Hillsboro.
She was born April 28, 1902, near rural Mindoro in La Crosse County. Her parents were Carl and Minna (Larsen) Dahlby. She married Melvin Fauska June 15, 1926. Marion attended grade school in Mindoro and West Salem and graduated from Onalaska High School in 1921. She attended La Crosse Normal School.
Marion taught grade school in at least 10 rural schools, and grades 3 and 4 in the Wilton Elementary School. She was a teacher for 25 years, retiring in 1967.
Marion started the Kendall Senior Citizen's Group. She was a member of Monroe County Services for the Aging. She was a delegate to the Wisconsin Coalition of Aging Groups, a member of the homemakers, meber of the Evangelical Free Church, president of the Women's Missionary Society for two years and taught Sunday school for several years.
Surviving are a son, David (Myrna) of R. 1, Elroy; two daughters, Darlene (Frank) Martalock of rural Wilton and Margery (Joseph) Collins of Black River Falls; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Chester (Mae) Dahlby of Holmen and LeRoy Dahlby of La Crosse. She was preceded in death by her husband October 13, 1985; two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Evangelical Free church in Kendall. The Reverend Robert Waschek will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, Kendall. Friends may call at Smith-Nelson Funeral Home, Kendall, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and at the church Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
Noted events in her life were:
• Fact 2, 1921, Graduated From Onalaska High School With 14 Other Classmates.
Marion married Melvin August Fauska on 15 Jun 1926 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. (Melvin August Fauska was born on 13 Oct 1901 in Glendale Twp, Monroe County, Wis. 744 and died on 13 Oct 1985 in Unknown.)