BLUE EARTH - Services for Marian J. Klinksiek, 83, of Blue Earth, will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church in Ledyard Iowa, officiated by Rev. Tim Diehl. Interment will be at Highland Home Cemetery in Ledyard, Iowa.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. on Friday at Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church, Ledyard, and one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday. Marian died April 3, 2013, in Blue Earth, Minn.
Marian Jean Stenzel was born on the family farm north of Lakota, Iowa, on July 19, 1929, to Otto and Pearl (Brocker) Stenzel. She was called home to Jesus April 3, 2013, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth, Minn.
Marian was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Lakota. She attended country school through eighth grade and graduated from Ledyard Community School. Her first job was making doughnuts at a shop in Elmore, Minn. She then worked at the Ledyard State Bank. After a six-month courtship and six-month engagement, she married her sweetheart, Howard Klinksiek, June 11, 1950, in Mankato, Minn.
They lived for a time in Des Moines, Iowa, and then moved back to farm with Howard's dad. They farmed together for over 40 years until retirement. Howard passed away in 2008 and Marian moved to St. Luke's in 2010.
Marian joined Bethany E&R Church of Ledyard upon her marriage to Howard and was a lifelong member, serving her Lord in many capacities.
Loved ones left behind include her four children: daughters, Cyndy (John Sorensen) of Duluth, Minn., Mildi Tesch of Elmore, Minn., and Shirley (Wayne) Rankin of Albert Lea, Minn.; son, Marv (Jenny Gray) of Blue Earth, Minn.; two cherished grandsons, Andrew Loucks and Samuel Loucks, both of Lakota; brother, Russell (Elaine) Stenzel of Henderson, Minn.; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Harold) Warner and Marion Brandt, all of Ledyard, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Marian was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Fern and Robert Briggs; her sons-in-law, Brad Loucks and Berry Tesch; in-laws, Ervin and Luetta Klinksiek, Lillian and Ted Thilges, Luella Klinksiek and Irvin Brandt.
Oakcrest Funeral Services of Bancroft is in charge of arrangements.