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Marlene M. Helmke, 74

Marlene May Helmke, age 74, of Annandale, died suddenly Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at her home in French Lake Township, Wright County.

She was born May 14, 1936, in French Lake Township, to Earl and Mary (Simonson) Nolan.

Marlene married Dale Helmke May 25, 1957, in Cokato, and he preceded her in death Sept. 3, 1994.

Marlene worked at the Annandale State Bank for 21 years, retiring in 1998 as computer manager and a bank officer.

She was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, French Lake, and the Christian Women’s Group, Annandale.

Marlene enjoyed bird watching and spending time with family and friends, especially her grandsons.

She is survived by her children, Rick Helmke, Renee (Victor) Gervais, and Deanna Larson, all of Annandale; three grandsons, Brad and Dale Helmke, and Perry Simons; six brothers and sisters, Floyd (Delores) Nolan of Annandale, Rosie (Larry) Anderson of Cokato, Harley (Marie) Nolan of Annandale, Ruthie (Ron) Oster of Watkins, Betty Kelly of Mound, and Margie (Larry) Alberg of Annandale; and special friend Ken Marohn of Howard Lake.

In addition to her husband, Dale, Marlene was preceded in death by her parents; brother Allen Nolan; sister-in-law Arlene Nolan; and brother-in-law Colon Kelly.

Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, French Lake with the Rev. Edward Groop officiating. Jim and Jan Anderson and Margaret Groop provided the music for the service. Interment was at Albion Evangelical Free Cemetery.

Friends called Sunday, Sept. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

Pallbearers were Dan, Mark and Skip Nolan, Jerry Anderson, Rob Oster and Tim Kelly.

The arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care, Annandale. Obituary, guestbook and video tribute are online at dingmannfuneral.com.