Obituary – Marian E. Dreesen

Dreesen Marian


ANKENY, Iowa — Marian E. Dreesen, 92, Ankeny, Iowa, formerly of Hartington, died Sept. 13, 2014, at the Taylor House Hospice, Des Moines, Iowa.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m., Friday, with a Vigil Service at 7 p.m., at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington.

A Memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Sept. 20, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Yuma, Ariz.

Burial of her cremated remains will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Hartington.

Marian was born Sept. 27, 1921, at Laurel, to Edward and Elsie (Linder) Carlson. She grew up in the Laurel/Dixon area and graduated from Dixon High School in 1939 as Salutatorian of her class. She was a former member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, and current member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Yuma, Ariz. She also spent considerable time at Our Lady’s Immaculate Church, Ankeny, over the last six summers of her life.

Following high school graduation, Marian attended Luther College earning her two-year teaching degree and later, Wayne State College, where she earned her BAE degree in 1967. She taught elementary school in Carroll, Stanton, Ponca and Hartington, along with K-8 rural schools in Cedar County for several years. While teaching in Hartington, she met Duane Dreesen, and June 22, 1947, they were married in Wynot. They lived east of Hartington, where Marian taught in K-8 “country schools,” and Duane operated his own mechanic shop, Dreesen Motor Co. Marian taught at Holy Trinity School, Hartington, from 1966 through May 1987, when they moved to Yuma, Ariz., where she taught Title I for the Yuma District #1 at the St. Francis School until retiring in 1999. Marian worked daily to impart to students her enthusiasm and love of reading and social studies. In addition, she and Duane spent much time together attending swap meets and other antique events over the years. Marian helped Duane with several of his restoration projects, taking particular pride in restoring the wooden spokes on the 1926 Chevy they restored in the early 1980s. While in Yuma, Marian was the church librarian, tied quilts with a church group, served as a lector and Eucharist minister, initiated and organized First Friday and First Saturday Adoration, and was a member of the St. Ann Guild.

Marian enjoyed gardening, mowing the lawn while living east of Hartington, completing crossword puzzles, watching TV game shows and the Food Network in her later years, and driving her “Caddy” in Yuma. However, Marian’s greatest love was for her family — cooking, baking, and providing for them in so many ways. That love expanded over the years to include grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom enjoyed her culinary delights and her reading books to them. She was a volunteer judge for Arizona Odyssey of the Mind and worked various political election sites.

Survivors include four children and spouses, Don and Kathy (Henry) Dreesen, Columbus; Diane and Kevin Brummer, Ankeny, Iowa; Darla and Bill King, Yuma, Ariz.; Matt and Valerie (Lovell) Dreesen, Chesterfield, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Connie Lundahl, Maricopa, Ariz.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Darrell and Colleen Dreesen, Hartington; and sister-in law and brother-in-law, Florence and Merlin Zang, Glenwood Springs, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Duane, Sept. 11, 2006, at the age of 81; daughter, Donna Koch; sister, Donna Belle Carlson; brothers, JR Carlson and Pete Carlson; and brothers-in-law, Dick Utecht and Glenn Lundahl.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to any of the following in Marian’s name: St. John Neumann Catholic Church Library, Yuma, Ariz.; Holy Trinity School Library, Hartington; Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church Bell Tower Fund, Ankeny, Iowa; Taylor House Hospice, Des Moines, Iowa.