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Bob Lind, Published July 07 2012

Lind: Fargo woman hooked on cross-stitch has gallery of works

The only thing cross about the amiable Marlys Kluck is her cross-stitching.

Her condo is a virtual gallery of her cross-stitched works, such as flowers, landscapes and biblical scenes, including a nativity scene which once was on display at Herberger’s store in Fargo, where she used to do alterations.

Marlys still does alterations on “whatever things people want to bring me,” she says. One of her rooms contains sewing equipment, hundreds of spools of thread – and cross-stitching displayed on the walls.

It’s hard for her to leave cross-stitching alone. When her husband, Ron Kluck, (her second husband; her first husband died) goes fishing, she goes along but waits on shore and stitches until he comes in.

From farm to town

Marlys was born in LaMoure, N.D., graduated from Oakes (N.D.) High School in 1955, attended Interstate Business College in Fargo, worked for Northern School Supply, Fargo, and then married her first husband, Ellsworth Robertsdahl.

They farmed near Walcott, N.D., for almost 50 years. But Ellsworth developed cancer. Marlys took care of him for 17 years until he died. Then she moved to Fargo, where she worked for Blow’s Sewing Center, then for deLendrecie’s (which became Herberger’s) until she retired in 1999.

Marlys has five sons, one daughter, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her daughter, Barbara Pavek, Minneapolis, got her interested in cross-stitching 30 years ago.

Marlys’ works include 14 pillows, a wall hanging with the biblical Beatitudes, a quilt with 40 state flowers and a work showing a flower for each month. One floral work contains more than a half-million stitches; it took her more than a year to complete.

Marlys does squeeze in other things besides cross-stitching. She is a volunteer at the Ed Clapp Senior Center in south Fargo, and knows everyone who eats there by name. She plays bingo. She helps serve at funerals “and any way else I can to help,” she says, at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, West Fargo.

But whenever she has a free moment, she cross-stitches. “It’s an addiction,” she says.

Truly, Marlys is hooked on cross-stitching.

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