In Memory of L. Marlene Marth

L. Marlene Marth
L. Marlene Marth
Born: July 2, 1934
Died: October 29, 2020
Age: 86
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L. Marlene Marth
July 2, 1934 - October 29, 2020
From: Battle Creek, IA

L. Marlene Marth, age 86, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2020, at the UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Medical Center of Sioux City, Iowa.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

Lois Marlene Marth was born July 2, 1934, to Louis and Edna (Toll) Koeppen in Charter Oak, Iowa. She was baptized August 19, 1934, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ute, Iowa, by Pastor Weidmann and confirmed in March 1948 by Pastor Hugo Neiting. Marlene started school at St. Clair #7 (Monona County) then went to Sunny Side Country School and in 5th grade went to Lutheran school in Ute. She then attended Castana High School.

On December 28, 1950, she married Edward Marth. The couple was blessed with four children: Debra, Carol, Kenny and Michael. While helping her husband on the farm, Marlene had many part-time jobs including waitressing, working as a CNA, at the flower shop and clothing store. In 1978 the couple had a farm sale and built a new home in Ricketts, Iowa. Marlene then work at Dubuque Pack and the Ricketts Grocery. Marlene was the mayor of the Ricketts for 3 years and served on the city council for 10 years.

She was always active in the community they lived in, belonging to the Sunshine Club, Pleasant Valley Club, Jolly Club, Ladies Aid and Circle. Marlene taught Sunday school for many years and held many offices in the church. She was a master gardener who truly enjoyed flowers and the outdoors.

In 2004 Marlene and Edward moved to an apartment in Battle Creek, Iowa. Marlene had many friends and did a lot of entertaining. They loved to play cards, travel and go visit their children and grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 69 years, Edward J. Marth of Battle Creek, IA; her children Debra (Clark) Harm of Matthews, NC, Carol Krohnke of Schleswig, IA, Kenneth (Marsha) Marth of Ricketts, IA and Michael (Jill) Marth of Ricketts, IA; seven grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; sister Jan (Jimmy) Yockey;  aunt Marie Miller; brothers-in-law Melvin (Eileen) Naeve and Harry Thiel; sister-in-law Charlene Naeve; nieces, nephews extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father Louis Koeppen; her mother and stepfather Edna and Louie Kelm; son-in-law Douglas Krohnke; mother-in-law and stepfather-in-law Hedwig and Roy Naeve; sisters Marge Thiel and Shirley (Bill) Dunlap; sisters-in-law Betty (Wilbur) Kuhlman and Darlene (Everett) Peasley; and brother-in-law Alvin Naeve.



A Celebration of Life will
be held at a later Date


Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 2:34 PM
“Hi Deb & Clark - sorry to learn of Deb's mother passing. My condolences to you and your family. I did not know your Mom, but wanted to reach out and tell you my thoughts are with you. Never easy to lose someone, especially a close family member. Stay safe and take care. Connie”
- Connie Riessen
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 3:53 PM
“I am so sorry to hear about Marlene. Lot of memories from way back when Ed & Marlene and family lived close to my parents by Battle Creek.”
- Marilyn Bagley
Monday, November 9, 2020 at 1:59 PM
“Ed and family: We are so sorry of Marlene's passing. She was such a wonderful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.”
- Allan/Karen Wiebers
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 10:05 AM
“DeR Ed and family.
I am so very sorry for your loss. We had years of getting together in our couples group and always had such nice visits. Life changes not the way we want it to happen.
My deepest sympathy ”
- Alice Miller
Monday, November 2, 2020 at 9:16 AM
“I'm shocked and saddened at Marlene's passing. She was a dear sweet lady. She will be missed. God Bless Ed and family.
- Fern Krayenhagen
Monday, November 2, 2020 at 9:16 AM
“Emmetsburg relatives are so sorry to learn of Marlene's passing, we so enjoyed being with Marlene and Ed. We were awaiting the nursing home to open so we could come and visit, Because that was not happening fast enough, we so enjoyed phone visits. Sincere sympathy to all your families and hope to see you at the time of burial. ”
- Lou Ann Huberty
Monday, November 2, 2020 at 9:16 AM
“Lots of memories of Marlene from living in Ricketts. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- Lisa Angle
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