In Memory of




Obituary for Marilyn J Sundberg

Sundberg, Marilyn Johnson, age 87, of Minneapolis, passed away November 13, 2022. She is preceded in death by husband Paul, and parents Marian and Gustav Johnson. She is survived by daughters Molly(Doug), Martha (Jim), and Merry(Aaron), grandchildren Mary, Hattie, Sally(Willi), Casey, Alex and Michael, sister Karen Braun, and nephew John Irey (Julie).

Marilyn was an adventurous, active, and caring person who lived her life to the fullest until her passing.

After briefly attending the University of Minnesota, she moved on her own to New York City and stayed at the famed Barbizon Hotel while seeking modeling opportunities. She eventually landed a spot on the Steve Allen Show as the “Weathergirl.” Upon returning to Minnesota, she continued her modeling career, and won several beauty contests, including Miss Minnesota- Universe.

In 1958, she met the love of her life, Paul, and they were engaged and married shortly thereafter. While raising her three daughters, she remained active in fashion and modeling. She coordinated and conducted fashion shows for many years for Anthony's of Bloomington, MN. Later, she worked at Harold, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, all located in downtown Minneapolis.

She actively volunteered with the Junior League, the League of Catholic Women, and, for nearly five decades, was an ardent supporter of, and volunteer for, the Friends of the Minnesota Institute of Art. She participated as a volunteer for the first ever Art in Bloom, and served on both the Art Perchance Committee and the Friends board.

She dearly loved her family, and particularly enjoyed family time at Cobblecrest Farm on Lake Sylvia during the all the major summer holidays. The Farm was Marilyn and Paul's sanctuary. She also enjoyed playing golf with Paul at Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA, and traveling (London, China, Austria).

In her later years, she took up bridge with renewed passion, and enjoyed going to the opera, the Swedish Institute, and other special events with friends. She was always learning something new and was eager the share it. She also loved reading and sharing her favorite books with others.

She stayed in close touch with her six grandchildren, was keenly interested in their lives, and enjoyed providing advice when asked. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, who loved her dearly.

Private Interment. Celebration of Life at 10:00am on November 29, 2022, at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 215 S 8th Street, Minneapolis. Reception to follow at the Minneapolis Club (right across the street from the church).

Memorials to St. Olaf Catholic Church and Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of the Art.
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