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Marlene Weigel

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Marlene V. Weigel, age 85, of New Hampton, Iowa died Friday, August 7, 2020, surrounded by her family. She passed away at her daughter’s home in rural New Hampton. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no public visitation, a private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery New Hampton. Please join the family live 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 12, 2020, on the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home Facebook page. If so desired, memorials may be given to St. Joseph School or St. Croix Hospice. Marlene V. Weigel was born on Jan. 31, 1935, to Vincent and Ida (Schueller) Laures on a farm near North Washington. She was the fourth of the couple’s nine children and grew up on the farm, often helping her mother with the “inside” jobs on the farm. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School in North Washington, where she was a straight-A student and a member of the Class of 1953. She loved math and valued education, and even though she wasn’t able to go to college, it was her dream that her children would. She met William Weigel one night at a wedding dance in Alta Vista, and it was a match only God could make. The two danced as one that night, and they began a courtship that ended on a Thursday morning in 1954. "Willie" came home on leave from the U.S. Navy, and he and Marlene said their vows on Dec. 30, 1954, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. It was the beginning of a loving, caring marriage that lasted for more than 62 years and produced eight children, 20 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren with two more on the way, and a lifetime of memories and service to both her family and her community. Marlene and Bill lived in San Diego, California, until his discharge from the Navy and then moved back to Iowa, where they began raising a family that grew to include Keith, Wesley, Rick, Bruce, Joe, Luann, Mary and Connie. In 1961, they moved into New Hampton, and her children remember growing up in a home with a loving, supportive mother who would do anything for her kids. Her children recall walking into the house filled with the palatable smells of good food, baked bread and cinnamon rolls. When Connie entered kindergarten, Marlene took a job as a receptionist with the New Hampton Family Clinic, a position she held for 28 years before retiring. Marlene and Bill never lost their love for dancing. They also enjoyed playing card games like Euchre, 500, Pinochle and Shanghai with their family and friends. Marlene was also a regular volunteer at the Knights of Columbus Bingo Nights. Her life centered around faith and family. She and her husband never missed their children’s sporting events. She was an active member of Holy Family Parish where she was active in both the Catholic Daughters of America and the Rosary Society. The Weigels lived just a block and a half from what was then St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and there was no better day for Marlene than those in which she and her family made the walk to Mass. Marlene sparkled as a grandmother! Her grandchildren, and greats, as well, loved her with all of their hearts. The joke among her children was that “there was never any candy when we were growing up but she found it when she had grandchildren.” Marlene was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Bill and Marlene loved to attend U.S. Navy ship reunions throughout the United States. They loved helping their kids and grandchildren with projects around their homes. She was a “grandma” to many more kids than just her own, for after retiring from the clinic, she was a volunteer at Sunrise Preschool, continuing a lifelong dedication that both she and her husband had to St. Joseph Community School. In 2015, the Weigels moved to Kensington Place, and she was appreciative of the new friends she made and those who worked at the assisted living complex. She touched so many lives in her 85 years here that there is a sense of sadness among her family and friends, but they are comforted by the fact that she is now reunited with Bill, who passed away on New Year’s Day 2017. We know that she earned a “straight shot” to Heaven and that she and her husband are dancing together again. Marlene is survived by eight children, Keith (Wendy) of Minnetonka, MN; Wes (Terri) of Madison, WI; Rick (Luann) of Grinnell; Bruce (Callie) of Elma; Joe (Pat) of Clear Lake; Luann (Jeff) Woodward of Waterloo; Mary (Phil) Mahoney of New Hampton; and Connie (Dennis) Njus of New Hampton. Bill and Marlene were blessed with twenty grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. Survivors also include one brother, Cletus (Jeanne) Laures of Ionia; one sister, Diane (Dave) Brandt of Charles City. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vincent and Ida Laures; a step-mother, Ellen Laures; three sisters, Elaine Wedeking, Rita Burgart and Virginia Laures; three brothers, Dale Laures, Kenny Laures and Virgil Laures; sister-in-law, Kathleen Laures; brothers-in-law, Gerald Burgart and Roger Wedeking.

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  1. To all of the family: you are in my thoughts and prayers. Connie, I’m sending you love and so many hugs! I’m so grateful for the time you all had with your mom the past few weeks! Love you!

  2. So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you. She was one of a kind and will be truly missed.

  3. To the Weigel family, With sincere sympathy on the loss of your Mother. Your Dad and Mother raised wonderful children. Love and prayers, Your aunt Doris

  4. What a special lady, I so enjoyed seeing her in the puzzle room . Our deepest sympathy to all her family. Love and prayers to you Connie 🙏❤️

  5. Sorry to hear the news of Marlene’s passing. She was an amazing person. Always enjoyed her when she volunteered in preschool. Vince & Wilma Lensing

  6. Sorry she past at this time. Would have loved to she her one more time. Give her a kiss for me. Love you all. She’s going to love to see uncle bill

  7. Marlene always had a warm, welcoming smile when I’d see her @ Mass. Our heartfelt condolences to the family.

  8. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom! I worked with her for many years at the clinic. She was a very loyal and dedicated friend and coworker. Always thinking about others needs first! She was so proud of her kids!

  9. Our sympathy to the Weigel family. She was a beautiful person who will always be watching over you all

  10. Weigel family – virtual hugs to all of you. Marlene was such a kind, sweet woman and an amazing aunt ! She will be greatly missed. You were blessed to have her, and I know she felt blessed to have you all. Uncle Bill and Aunt Marlene were amazing role models and I am sure they are very happy to be reunited in Heaven! May your wonderful memories bring you peace and comfort. My families thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love and hugs!

  11. I can still see Marlene’s welcoming smile when she worked at the front desk at the NH Clinic. She was always so nice. My sympathy to her family.

  12. Dear Connie and All of the Weigel Family, We are sincerely sorry for your loss. Always thought so much of your lovely, kind, and gentle parents. May God Bless You All as you come together to celebrate and honor your Mother’s life. If circumstances were different, we would be there in person. RIP Marlene! You are in our hearts… Pat and Bob Martin

  13. Luann, Jeff and family with sympathy and fond memories of your beautiful Mother. Love; Linda, Mickey & Rich, Jason & Ann & Shelby.

  14. Marlene was a special lady. Enjoyed the years I worked at the clinic with her. She was dedicated to her job and a good friend. Always had a smile. Our sympathies to all the family. God gained an angel.

  15. So sorry for your loss. What a WONDERFUL woman. Her infectious smile was AMAZING!!! Heaven sure is lucky to have her. God Bless you all. Cherish the memories………..

  16. to all of the Weigel clan, my deepest sympathy in your loss of your beloved Mama—she was a peach & i know all of u will miss her so much. take good kare of each other, lots o love, KK Kirchhoff & Doug Mohr (Cowboy) xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  17. My deepest sympathy to you, Connie, and all of the family. I will be thinking of you and praying with you as I watch the mass for your beautiful mother.

  18. My deepest sympathy to all the Weigels. Your mom was a beautiful and sweet woman! Know that she will be with you always. Peace, JulieK

  19. Oh how the angels sang! as your mom entered Heaven’s gates, and I’d bet your dad was waiting with open arms and ready for a walk with her. We always enjoyed quick visits as they walked past our house. They both were such good people and left this world a much better place. Our prayers for all of you as you celebrate her life and grieve your loss. May she Rest In Peace. Bob & Peg Brummond

  20. We are so very sorry for your loss! Your mom was the sweetest lady! We are thinking of you all! Hugs & prayers.

  21. Deepest sympathy to all the Weigel family. You are her wonderful legacy. I remember her smile the most.

  22. Sending love and sympathy from Montana. Keeping you all in thought and prayer during this difficult time. 🙏🏻 Lisa and Kevin Brandt

  23. With love and sympathy . RJ & KC Weigel , Lori and David Ceilley, Lisa and Kevin Brandt, Greg and Kelly Weigel

  24. To Weigel Family Our thoughts and prayers going out mom,grandmother, great grandmother, and great person and going deeply missed. Gloria and Brenda Parks

  25. On behalf of my dad Bill Hurd, he would like to send his condolences to the Weigel family. He resides at Kensington and wanted to send a card, but not able to get out to get one.

  26. We want to send our prayers,thoughts and sympathy to Connie,Bruce and all of the Weigel family,your Mom was such a special person and will be missed by many.Love to you All.Tom and Marian Gebel

  27. To Marlene’s family. What a privilege it was to spend time with Marlene and each of you a few weeks ago! I know that her pride for you has gone with her to heaven! Each of you carries on her love and generosity. My prayers are with you during this time of loss. Sr Vicky

  28. April and I are sorry to hear the sad news of Marlene’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to all of the Weigel family. Nick and April Wegner Family.

  29. Very sorry to hear of Marlene’s passing. She was a wonder lady. Thoughts and prayers to all of the Weigel family.

  30. My condolences go out to Marlene’s family. She was a sweet and special lady. It has been wonderful getting to know her and her kind, caring family over the last few years.

  31. To the Weigel Family, Our sincere sympathy to you all in the loss of your Mother. As you know I worked with your Mom all of the years she was employed by the clinic. I enjoyed working with your Mom very much. She was always smiling and a joy to be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve for a lovely mother. Peace to you all, Louise and Donn Harris

  32. Marlene was a special lady. I think of her often. Her and Bill were staples at bingo. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.

  33. Our hearts go out to all the Weigel families. I had the pleasure of chatting with Marlene on many occasions when she helped at the preschool. What an amazing woman! Find comfort in all of your wonderful memories. Phyllis Brown

  34. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you. She and your father were exceptional people and will be even more so in heaven as your own guardian angels

  35. Marlene showed grace and Love to all who crossed her path, May your comfort come from the Grace Jesus shows to all who believe. Marlene will be watching over all of you form the Angles roost in heaven. Our sympathy to all of the Weigel Family.

  36. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss… Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  37. Our visits to the New Hampton Weigel family growing up are still fresh in my mind after all these years. Marlene always had a smile to share and such a pleasant personality. She raised an incredible family.

  38. Thinking about Marlene’s family as you gather today. We are among the many people who are remembering her warm and giving personality and of course her wonderful smile. Years ago, I always enjoyed our little visits at the bank when she would come in to buy gift money orders to send to her family. Our sympathy to all for your loss….

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