Marlene Ruth (Wentzel) Von Ohlen, age 89 of St. Peter and formerly of North Mankato and Nicollet, died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, March 3, 2023 at Ecumen Prairie Hill in St. Peter.
Memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on March 18, 2023 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in St. Peter. Visitation will be held at the church from 12:00 PM until time of service. The service will be livestreamed and available on Marlene's obituary page.
Marlene was born on December 18, 1933 in Ottertail County, Minnesota to Herman and Edith (Wegener) Wentzel. She moved to rural Courtland, MN as a teenager and graduated from Nicollet High School in 1951. She attended Mankato Commercial College and worked at Jostens in Owatonna. Marlene was united in marriage to Leo Von Ohlen in 1954. They raised four daughters on their family farm. Marlene worked as a bookkeeper on the family farm and then later at Oshawa Elevator, The Lorraine Shop and Taylor Corporation.
Marlene was a bowler, CADA house volunteer, PTA president at Nicollet Public School while her girls were in school, member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Mankato then St. Peter Lutheran Church, the Nicollet American Legion Auxiliary and then the North Mankato Legion Auxiliary. She especially enjoyed the Friday night meals and socialization at the North Mankato Legion. Marlene loved to travel and was fortunate to have visited all fifty states.
Marlene loved her family. She was always happy to have us stop in or give her a call. Even as her health was declining, she was always positive and looked at the good in life. Her faith was strong and she was ready for heaven.
Marlene is survived by her four daughters, Barb (Mike) Johnson of Nipomo, CA, Kathy (Rae) Runck of New Ulm, MN, Sharon Olsen of St. Peter, MN and Julie (Judd) Hendrycks of North Mankato, MN; her grandchildren, Jenna (Joel) Alipaz, and their sons, Jaxson, Mason and Hudson; Carissa (Charles) Regan, and their daughters, Olivia and Kinsley; Josh Johnson; Briana Hulke, and her daughters, Madi and Ashtyn Moore; Ben (Sam) Olsen, and their daughter, Luella; Eric Olsen; Nick (Chalsey) Rengstorf and their children, Colton, Zoie and Justin; Jessie Dormody and her children, Ethan and Elise; sisters, Carol (Rod) Volk and Eunice (Bob) Timm; brother, Wayne (Susan) Wentzel; sister-in-law, Virginia Wentzel; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her former husband, Leo Von Ohlen; brother, Mike Wentzel; sister-in-law, Lorna Wentzel; son-in-law, Joel Olsen; grandson, Daniel Runck; and grandson-in-law, Shaun Moore.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in honor of her great granddaughter, Kinsley Regan, St. Peter Lutheran Church, or donor’s choice.
The live stream link below is a complimentary service provided by Mankato Area Funeral Homes.
Due to technical difficulties, the service will be uploaded later.