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Marilyn Sarsfield



Marilyn Joan Winslow was born in Portland, Oregon on May 9, 1934 to Wilhelmine (Brennfleck) and Arthur Winslow.. She grew up in Portland where she graduated from Holy Child Academy in 1952 and from the University of Portland in 1956.

While in college, Marilyn met Anthony Sarsfield and the couple wed on August 11, 1956 just two weeks before she started her first teaching job in Wishram. Mrs. Sarsfield later taught in Goldendale then in Centerville from 1967 until 1972. For many years, Marilyn continued to substitute teach and when Centerville School instituted a kindergarten in 1982, she returned to teaching full time until her retirement in 1998. Even after retiring, Mrs. Sarsfield continued to supervise the Centerville School garden.

Marilyn raised chickens and sheep for fifty years and always admired how the mother hens and ewes took care of their babies. She was a Master Gardener and a member of the Grange, Neighbors of Woodcraft, Delta Kappa Gamma and Holy Trinity Catholic Church where she taught religious classes for years.

Mrs. Sarsfield passed away with her dog Cookie as the result of a single car accident in Centerville on October 11, 2012 at the age of 78. She will be missed by her husband Tony of Centerville; daughter and son-in-law Christine and Kevin Seed and grandson Patrick of Portland; son and daughter-in-law George and Laurie Sarsfield and grandchildren Tanner and Ashlan of Kaiser, Oregon; and brother and sister-in-law George and Carolyn Winslow of Portland. She was preceded in death by grandchildren Shaina Sarsfield and Paul Seed.

Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, October 19 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Goldendale. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Saturday, October 20 at 11 a.m. Graveside services will take place at Centerville Cemetery followed by a reception at Centerville Grange Hall. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Sarsfield’s name may be made to the Centerville Grange, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, or any charity of your choice. Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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