Obituary: Marilyn Elizabeth Juntunen


Marilyn Elizabeth Juntunen, 74, of Belgrade passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, June 16, 2022. She was born March 5, 1948, to George and Clare (Holly) Vandeberg in the small farming town of Bainville, Montana, the youngest of nine children with six survivors: Florence, Lorna, Judy, Gary, Boyd and Cheryl. Her siblings George Jr. and Patty are deceased.

While Marilyn was growing up, her family owned a farm eight miles outside of Bainville. Marilyn loved being with farm animals. The family didn’t have much; but they had an abundance of love, family and faith. This passion for family and faith has defined Marilyn and has always been her priority. Marilyn loved hosting her family and friends, cooking incredible meals and delicious desserts. Everyone who visited knew they would leave happy and full, just like the home she grew up in.

Marilyn married her husband, Carl Juntunen, on August 30, 1968. They raised their family in Great Falls, MT before moving to the Dakotas and finally returning to the mountains they loved in Belgrade, MT. Carl and Marilyn’s 53-year marriage was inspirational to many and vow-defining; to love and cherish in sickness and health. Carl was a devoted husband throughout their marriage and the primary caregiver during her difficult journey with ALS.

Marilyn’s survivors are her husband, Carl; son, Brad Juntunen; daughter, Holly VanCampen (Christopher); daughter, Heather Pilato; grandchildren, Tyler, Cole, Madison, Carley, Kivi and Noah; and great-grandchildren, Rosalind, Mason, Willow and another great-grandchild on the way.

Marilyn will be greatly missed, but her kind heart, gentleness and love will continue to touch our lives. Arrangements are entrusted to the Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.


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