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Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
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Marian Elaine Lewis was born June 10, 1926 in Shell Lake, WI to John and Bernice (Bjugstad) Kruger.  At the age of 2, she and her parents followed her uncles, the Bjugstad boys, to Sheyenne, who had established a business on main street.  Her parents settled on a farm north of Sheyenne, and their family grew with 5 more children.  She and her siblings would share a close bond throughout their entire life.

Marian and her siblings attended the Plainview #3 Country School in Rock Township.  She completed her High School education in Sheyenne, graduating with the Class of 1944.  She continued on, earning her Teacher’s Certificate in a 6 week program at Minot Teacher’s College. 

Her first job took her to Lake Washington School, east of New Rockford.  This new teacher caught the eye of the older brother to 4 of her students, and on February 19, 1947, she became Mrs. Clayton Lewis.  Together, she and Clay raised 5 children, teaching them all the value of hard work.  Throughout their married life, they moved numerous times.  When Marian would talk about their many moves, Clayton would always respond that meant he had moved her beloved, but very heavy, piano, that many times.

 In 1969, they moved to their farm near Sheyenne, where Marian remained for the next 50 years.  In 1971, she and Clayton purchased the Corner Café in town, and she began her 20 year adventure as owner/operator, and became well known for her wonderful caramel rolls, always made with farm fresh cream.  Never one to sit around, after she retired, she worked as a library aide at the Sheyenne School, and enjoyed seeing her grandkids every day.

Marian’s other love in life was playing her piano.  She had amazing talent, having learned from her mother. She and her mother would often play duets, with Marian at the piano and mother, Bernice playing the organ. She spent many hours of her life sitting at the piano, and it seemed to be a comfort to her in the years after losing Clay.  And even when there were so many things later in life she did not remember, her music was never forgotten.

We are comforted to know that Marian is finally once again with her beloved Clay, her daughters Lynn and Pam, her granddaughter Stefanie, daughter in law Norma, her parents and her sisters, Fern and Darlene, and many sisters and brothers in law.   

Marian leaves behind her sons John, and David (June) Lewis, and daughter Heidi (Corey) Schieffer, 15 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren, her sisters Shirley and Maxine, brother Stanley and brother in law Chuck.

We would like to sincerely thank all of her friends and caregivers through the years, while she was at home and during her years at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd.  Your kindness and care is very appreciated.  


Marian Lewis’ Visitation will be Friday, March 15, 2024, from 1:00-2:00PM followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00PM all at Grace Lutheran Church, Sheyenne, ND.

Her Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery, Sheyenne, ND.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. So sorry to hear about Marion. She was a nice lady.

    She was known by the 5 Schieffer granddaughters from Wibaux MT as grandma Sheyenne…a special lady.

  2. I am so sad to hear of Marian’s passing. What a wonderful lady she was, so gracious and kind with a great sense of humor. Our families go way back, Marian and Dad went to school together, and the Krugers were our neighbors. I knew Marian most of all as the mother of my dear friend and classmate Pam, who inherited her mother’s wry humor and twinkle in her eye. Heartfelt condolences to all the family.

  3. So sorry for your loss Lewis family. May your memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. I remember Marian’s caramel rolls very very well, yummy!!

  4. Thoughts and prayers as you lay Marian to rest. Vince enjoyed being her mailman. Always remember that she found the sheet music for an Irish song that his mother loved and sang.

  5. Marian will sure be missed by so many, we enjoyed listening to her play piano here, all by ear; it was alot of fun to watch and see her smile. Also, as long as she had her recliner and a fleece blanket in the sun, she couldn’t have been happier. May she rest in peace and rejoice in seeing her loved ones again.
    Thank you for sharing such a sweet lady with us here at LHGS.

  6. Sorry for your loss of Marian. I first got to know her when I started driving School bus in 1978. I would always stop at the cafe and have breakfast. I only got paid once a month so one day I got the courage to ask if I could charge my meals and pay the bill when I got my check. I looked to my left and Clay was chewing on a cigar giving me the once-over. Marian said that would be no problem. Clayton looked at me and said if you don’t pay I know where you live. After a pause, they both started laughing. I ate at the Corner café until it closed. We were friends forever. I hope she is in heaven with Clayton and family. Take care

  7. I will always remember this very sweet lady. her kindness her smiles and never said a bad word about me.
    I was very glad I stopped in a see her last Summer in Rockford when I came through.
    we talked a little bit and visited. a new she had a hard time remembering but she always smiled and talked with a very soft pleasant voice.
    and I always will remember how the Lewis family always treated me with respect and courtesy and always good to me.
    Seems like that you never forget in your life.
    I’m sorry I couldn’t be there for Marion’s funeral but I just found out this morning 24th of March so sorry.
    and she raised a very very good family. and I mean that very sincerely. be proud God bless.


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