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Marlene Oelfke, 67

Marlene Kay Oelfke of Norwood Young America (NYA) entered her eternal rest Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003 at the Beverly Healthcare in Excelsior at the age of 67 ears, four months, and three days.

Marlene was born Aug. 11, 1936 in Carrigton, N.D., the daughter of Delford and Ruth (Hill) Pepple. Her education was in Carrington, N.D., and she accepted the Lord as her personal savior as a youth at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. W. Quiring in Carrington.

After graduating from high school she attended St. Alexius School of Nursing in Bismarck, N.D., and Trinity School of Nursing in Minot, N.D. She completed nurses training with an internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

Marlene moved to Glencoe and worked as a staff nurse at the Glencoe Hospital and at the Glenhaven Nursing Home and Rehab Center.

She was united in marriage to Fredrick C. Oelfke April 19, 1959 at Bethany Baptist Church in Hutchinson by the Rev. E. Tahran. The couple made their home on a farm near Hamburg.

Marlene was employed for 11 years in Waconia at the hospital, where she was a surgical supervisor and director of purchases.

Fredrick and Marlene purchased a resort near Alexandria in 1976, operating it for 11 years before purchasing a motel at Alexandria, operating it for five years.

The couple moved to NYA in 1994, where Marlene spent nine years working at Y.A. Corporation.

Over the years Marlene was active in various churches including: Calvary Baptist Church in Carington, N.D.; Emanuel Lutheran Church of Hamburg; Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria; and most recently St. John's Lutheran Church in NYA.

Marlene enjoyed her nursing years and was instrumental in bringing a medical clinic to NYA.

She liked playing cards, to play the organ and piano, to play bingo, and to read. She also taught crocheting and knitting, and took voice lessons, becoming an accomplished soloist.

Marlene is preceded in death by her father Delford, mother-in-law and father-in-law Fred and Hilda Oelfke, as well as brothers-in-law Clarence Oelfke, Raymond Hueseman, Elton Quast, Victor Oelfke, and Walter Oelfke.

Marlene is survived by her husband Fredrick, daughters and son Susan Iverson (Greg) Latzke of New Germany, Todd (Lisa) Oelfke of Willow River, and Nancy Oelfke of Chanhassen.

She is further survived by grandchildren Michael "M.J." Iverson and Angela Iverson, step-grandchildren Desiree Davis, mother Ruth Pepple of Hutchinson, brother J. Jeffrey (Sharon) Pepple of Marietta, Ga., brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Connie Oelfke of Port Angeles, Wash., Florence Hueseman of Babbitt, Minn., Elizabeth "Betty" Quast of Lester Prairie, Helen Oelfke of Hamburg, Gloria and Roger Hilgers of Glencoe, and David and Judith Oelfke of Hamburg, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Marlene Oelfke were Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003 at 11 a.m. from St. John's Lutheran Church in NYA, with the Rev. Scott Gustafson officiating.

Visitation was Friday evening, Dec. 19, 2003 at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in NYA, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

The organist was Arthur Fuchs and the congregation sang "In the Garden" and Amazing Grace."

Marlene's daughter Sue sang "Softly and Tenderly" and "On Eagles Wings." Rita Luecke was the pianist.

Casketbearers were Michael Iverson, Angela Iverson, Desiree Davis, Thomas Quast, David Buck, Tony Goetz, Dean Oelfke, and John Oelfke.

Interment was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were made by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in NYA.

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