Marian E. Dreesen, age 92 of Ankeny, Iowa and formerly of Hartington, Nebraska, died on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines, Iowa.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10:30 am at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial of her cremated remains will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday with a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Yuma, AZ.
Marian was born September 27, 1921 at Laurel, NE to Edward and Elsie (Linder) Carlson. She grew up in the Laurel/Dixon, NE 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 in Hartington, NE, and current member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Yuma, AZ. She also spent considerable time at Our Lady's Immaculate Church in Ankeny, IA 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, NE, along with K-8 rural schools in Cedar County for several years. While teaching in Hartington, she met Duane Dreesen, and on June 22, 1947 they were married in Wynot, NE. They lived east of Hartington, NE, where Marian taught in K-8 "country schools," and Duane operated his own mechanic shop, Dreesen Motor Co. Marian taught at Holy Trinity School in Hartington from 1966 through May of 1987, when they moved to Yuma, AZ, 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: Don and Kathy (Henry) Dreesen of Columbus, NE; Diane and Kevin Brummer of Ankeny, IA; Darla and Bill King of Yuma, AZ; Matt and Valerie (Lovell) Dreesen of Chesterfield, MO; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister Connie Lundahl of Maricopa, AZ; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Darrell and Colleen Dreesen of Hartington; and sister-in law and brother-in-law Florence and Merlin Zang of Glenwood Springs, CO. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Duane on September 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 in Yuma, AZ; Holy Trinity School Library in Hartington, NE; Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church Bell Tower Fund in Ankeny, IA; Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines, IA.
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Donna & family,
So sorry for your loss. I'll never forget your mom as a teacher.
pam Zmolek Sudbeck
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