Marsha Durst, 65, Mantorville
Marsha Durst, 65, of Mantorville, died peacefully at her home in hospice care on Feb. 13, 2017. Through her life, she gave the world as much color and beauty as the flower gardens that she adored.
Marsha Jean Anderst was born Feb. 16, 1951 in Fairmont to Roland and Dorothy Anderst who farmed on the outskirts of town. She had many fond memories of growing up with her two sisters, Leann and Cheryl.
She attended Fairmont public schools and graduated in 1969 from Fairmont Senior High School with High Honors. From there, she attended and earned a BA teaching degree (Summa Cum Laude) at Concordia College in St. Paul and taught 1st grade at Rochester Central Lutheran School in Rochester.
On June 12, 1976, she married Ron Durst at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Rochester. They lived briefly in Illinois after the wedding, where she was a department store office manager.
In 1978, along with Ron and his brothers, Marsha helped form Durst Bros., a dairy and grain farm north of Mantorville. Over the next 40 years, she helped modernize and grow the business to be one of the largest dairy operations in Minnesota—starting from 112 cows and reaching over 1,800 dairy cows and 3000 acres of crops. As the farm matured, her primary role was Chief Financial Officer, but over the years she did everything from milking cows, heifer checks, herd records to safety management, as well as planning birthday and other celebrations for every employee. Marsha truly believed each member of Durst Bros. was family.
When not busy at the farm, she volunteered at and was a substitute teacher at Kasson-Mantorville Schools. She enjoyed family activities, church, gardening, movies, reading, her Red Hat Society, the Minnesota Golden Gophers, traveling, following her children’s activities, and especially working with her beloved husband, Ron, throughout her life. They were a team that worked well together, and had a passion for life, no matter the challenges they faced.
She is survived by her husband, Ron, daughter Elizabeth, son Jonathan, mother Dorothy, sister Leann, sister Cheryl, and their families. She was preceded in death by two stillborn sons, her father Roland Anderst, father-in-law, Victor Durst, and mother-in-law Hylah Durst.
Funeral services were held Feb. 18 at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Interment was at the Pine Island Cemetery.
Marsha requested any donations in her name be made to the American Cancer Society to honor her battle against multiple myeloma.
Arrangements were with the Mahn Family Funeral Home – Mahler Chapel in Pine Island.