December 7, 2013

Marilyn J. Hasselbalch

Marilyn Jean Hasselbalch was taken into the arms of the Savior on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Lincoln. She was born on Jan. 2, 1930, in Omaha to Paul William and Helga Ester (Nodgaard) Campfield.  Marilyn was baptized and confirmed at Koontz Memorial Lutheran Church in Omaha and was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln.  She graduated with high distinction from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a BA in Education, where she was a member of Tri Delta sorority. Other honors and societies to which she belonged include Phi Beta Kappa, Theta Sigma Phi, Kappa Tau Alpha, Mortar Board Vice President, American Legion Auxiliary, Danish Sisterhood, PEO Chapter FX, Norden Club, and William White Chapter of Colonial Dames. She was named among the Outstanding Young Women of America in 1961 and listed in the Who’s Who of American Women in 1991-92.  She began her career as a teacher. She taught school in Omaha and Long Beach, Calif. Marilyn was active in the Republican Party all of her adult life.  She was a member of the College Young Republicans, Cornhusker Republican Women and National Federation of Republican Women.  She served as the Nebraska Delegate to the State Republican Convention in 1986. She also worked for the Nebraska Real Estate Appraiser Board as the director.  She was an assistant to Charles Thone when he served as a U.S. Congressman and as Nebraska’s Governor. She also assisted Nebraska’s first female Governor, Kay Orr, in the State Treasurer’s Office and in the Governor’s Office. Her responsibilities included writing speeches for both Thone and Orr.

She is survived by her children, Kurt (Claire Calcagno), Eric (Xiaogang Qiu), Ane McBride (Mike) and Daughter in law, Missy Hasselbalch; her grandchildren, Jordan (fiancé Megan Magsamen), James (Chloe Sweet), Zoe and Isabel Hasselbalch and Paul, Andy and Luke McBride. She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Peter.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Christ Lutheran Church, 4325 Sumner, Lincoln.  Graveside services will be held at 9:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Wyuka Cemetery.  Family and friends will meet at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from Noon until 7:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.  Monday, December 9, 2013 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be given to Christ Lutheran Church.


  1. I am very sorry for the loss of Marilyn. I was able to spend some time with her in her last months and found her to be very sweet and kind. I enjoyed our visits very much and looked forward to each one. I pray you find comfort in God’s loving embrace during your time of sorrow.

  2. I am very sorry for your loss.Marilyn was a very interesting,smart and kind person.She will be missed by many.She had a full life.Enjoy your memories of her and know she will be with you in your thoughts.

  3. Marilyn was a great friend. We had some wonderful times over the years. Nebraska and the world is a better place
    because of her. It would be good if there were more people
    that could walk in her footsteps. My thoughts are with her family.

  4. I am sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passsing. During her tenure as the Director of the Nebraska Appraisal Board, she was very professional during our visits whether she was asking for a supplemental note to the state legislature or asking for additional file documentation. Marilyn was always promoting the appraisal profession, and to this I admired her.

  5. I was sad to learn of the passing of Marilyn. Marilyn was a great mentor to me as I ventured into my secretarial career as a young woman. She was a smart lady who taught me alot, especially the art of writing a good letter. She most certainly left a legacy and an impact upon my own life. Blessings to the family.

  6. I was saddened to hear of Marilyn’s passing. I became a certified appraiser under her tenure as NRPAB Director, and had the pleasure of getting to know her through the process. She was always professional and helpful. It pleases me she knew the Lord Jesus, and will be in His presence forever.

  7. Much earlier in my life, Marilyn was incredibly generous with her time and gave me career opportunities that any young person interested in politics would have loved to have had. I have never forgotten her kindness to me in that regard.


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