In Memory of Marlene Bennigsdorf

Marlene Bennigsdorf
Marlene Bennigsdorf
Born: May 22, 1937
Died: May 14, 2017
Age: 79
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Marlene Bennigsdorf
May 22, 1937 - May 14, 2017
From: Ida Grove, IA

Marlene Bennigsdorf, age 79, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Reverend Richard A. Salcido will officiate; Committal Service will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery, of Ida Grove, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

Marlene Bennigsdorf the daughter of Vernon “Pete” and Esther (Stamp) Thornhill was born on May 22, 1937 in Ida Grove, Iowa. She grew up in Ida Grove, was baptized in her faith at the St. Paul Lutheran Church on July 4, 1937 and confirmed on March 25, 1951. Marlene was a graduate of Ida Grove High School with the class of 1955.


Marlene met her true love Darrell H. Bennigsdorf in confirmation class and later followed him to California where he was stationed with the United States Marines. On April 21, 1956 the couple were united in marriage in Orange, California. Marlene and Darrell welcomed three children Kim, Darin, and Kayan. Marlene worked as a bookkeeper for Hartley-Bickley, Godbersen – Smith, GOMACO, and Mau Trucking before retiring.


Marlene was full of life and enjoyed every minute of it spent with her family. She loved to tend to her flowers and cook a scrumptious meal. She will be fondly remembered by her family as an excellent baker especially her mouthwatering lemon bread. Marlene treasured her family and delighted in taking trips with them to such places as Fort Knox, New York, Oregon, Florida, and Wisconsin to name a few.  Marlene was a faithful member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa and loved attending Bible study group. She also volunteered her time at the Horn Memorial Auxiliary Gift Shop.


Marlene was preceded in death by her parents Pete and Esther Thornhill; parents-in-law Herb and Lucille Bennigsdorf; and sisters Deb Cranston and Dorothy Brown.


Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 61 years Darrell Bennigsdorf of Ida Grove, Iowa; children Kimber (Mark) Wilmes of Conover, Iowa, Darin (Deanna) Bennigsdorf of Runnells, Iowa, and Kayan (Joe) Hewitt of Battle Creek, Iowa; grandchildren John (Jamie) Wilmes, Adam (Kylie) Wilmes, Molly (Kory) Henshaw, T.J. “Anthony” Akes, Zachary (Savanna) Akes, Heather (Grant) Horton, Randi Webb, Jeremy (Renee) Hewitt, and Joshua (Molly) Hewitt; sister Sandy (Vern) Olberding; brother Kenny (Ann) Thornhill, and Mike (Robin) Thornhill; brothers-in-law Jeff Cranston and Steve Brown; many beloved nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.


The family of Marlene request that memorials be directed to the Horn Memorial inpatient building project in Marlene’s name.


10:00 a.m., Thursday,
May 18, 2017

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Reverend Richard A. Salcido


John Wilmes
Adam Wilmes
Molly Henshaw
TJ Akes
Zachary Akes
Heather Horton
Jeremy Hewitt
Joshua Hewitt

Honorary Pallbearers:
Jamie Wilmes
Kylie Wilmes
Kory Henshaw
Randi Webb
Savanna Akes
Grant Horton
Renee Hewitt
Molly Hewitt


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.,
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Congregational Hymns
"How Great Thou Art"
"Amazing Grace"
"On Eagles' Wings"

Recorded Selection
"Wind Beneath My Wings"
By Bette Midler


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:34 AM
“Darrell and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Marlene was a wonderful person and we loved having her and Darrell as our neighbors on Moorehead when we were first married. Sending prayers for comfort for you all. ❤️”
- Nick & Lori Hamann
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 6:00 PM
“Darrell and family- so sorry to hear of Marlene's passing. God's blessing to all”
- Colleen Hare
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 11:38 AM
“Blessings to all the families,,,, enjoyed her smile.”
- Diana Still Miller.And Ronald Miller
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 11:44 AM
“Darrel & family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Danny & Lynne”
- Lynne & Danny Hawks
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 11:43 AM
“Darrel amd family. I was saddened to hear about Marlene. I had so many great talks with her when she sat in my chair at the shop. She had a heart of gold and loved you all very dearly. She shared many wonderful stories of her family with me. What great memories you will have. May God's peace be with you all. ”
- Jodie Hudson
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 8:54 PM
“Darrell and family, I am sorry to hear about Marlene. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time ”
- Marcy Jorgensen
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 4:15 PM
“Darrell and Family,

Just want you to know that Deb and I are thinking of you and praying for you right now. So many awesome memories with you guys especially living next door for so many years. So glad we had all that time together with you. Love, Randy & Deb ”
- Randy & Deb Wonder
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 8:36 AM
“Darrell and family,
We are so saddened by the news of Marlene's passing. There are no words to comfort any of you during this difficult time but know all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace, comfort and strength in the coming weeks.
Sending our love,
Brian and Barb”
- Brian and Barb Bennigsdorf
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