Rudolph “Rudy” A. Marolt, 85, dies

Rudolph “Rudy” A. Marolt, 85, of Virginia, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. He was born on Sept. 24, 1929 in Gilbert to Matt and Frances (Perme) Marolt. He graduated as Valedictorian of his Gilbert High School class and also graduated from Eveleth Junior College and St. Cloud Teacher’s College. He taught school in Rush City for four years and lived in Ely for 38 years where he was a teacher and athletic director.
He had been a Virginia resident since 1996.
Rudy retired from teaching and worked as a funeral director for many years. He was a U.S. army veteran of the Korean Crisis.
Rudy was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church of Virginia; Knights of Columbus Council 1640 of Virginia; Pratt-Volden-Mickelson-Anderson American Legion Post 239 of Virginia; Arrowhead Funeral Director’s Association; National Funeral Director’s Association; life member of the Interscholastic Athletic Administrator’s Association; MN Athletic Directors and was the State Athletic Director of the year in 1988; and was inducted into the Minnesota Athletic Director’s Hall of Fame in 2000; was a football and basketball referee for 23 years. He was also active in the Ely Hospice Program and was a past member of the Ely City Council and both the Ely and Virginia School Boards.
He is survived by his wife Gloria of Virginia; daughter Barbara (Gerry) Runnels of Burlington, Iowa; two sons: Dr. Robert (Anne Krmpotich) Marolt of North Oaks, MN and James Marolt of Lino Lakes, MN; seven grandchildren and two great-grandsons; one sister, Theresa Wargo of Lyndhurst, Ohio and one brother, Edward Marolt of Gilbert; and many nieces and nephews.
Rudy was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy (Gregorich) Marolt in 1993; parents, Matt and Frances Marolt; four sisters: Sister Mary Adnives, OSF; Mary Marolt, Frances Kovatovich and Angela Meados; and nine brothers: Frank, Joseph, John, Matt Jr., Anthony, Jack, Louis, Lawrence and Paul.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia with Rev. Fr. Brandon Moravitz as Celebrant. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m., with a 10:30 a.m. rosary, until the time of the service at the church. Military rites will be accorded by the Virginia Servicemen’s Honor Guard. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.
Funeral service will be Monday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia, MN. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.