Marie O. Denner
January 26, 1931 ~ July 20, 2013
Marie O. Denner age 82, of New Hampton, IA, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. Marie Ollie (Beck) Denner was born on January 26, 1931 near Nashua to Roy and Louise (Rabe) Beck and moved to New Hampton in 1932. She was baptized on November 15, 1931 and confirmed on April 23, 1944 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (now Trinity Lutheran Church) and active in Luther League. She attended schools in New Hampton and University of Northern Iowa. After completing her teacher’s certificate she taught in rural school. She was a lifetime and active member in the Women of the ELCA. On August 20, 1950, Marie was united in marriage to Virgil Denner. The couple farmed and gardened for 45 years before moving to New Hampton. They were the parents of five children. Marie was active with her family in 4-H; being a leader for 10 years, on the County Extension Committee, superintendent for many years, honorary 4-H member, 4-H family of the year, and a member and on the board of the Cattlewomen. She enjoyed Friendship Club and Putter Pals. Marie also enjoyed canning, baking and cooking. Many times what she fixed was shared with others besides her family. Time spent with her family and friends, sharing and helping others was very special to her. She believed that man does not live by bread alone. She tried to instill a faith in God in her family that would guide them throughout their lives and that the “bread” would not only satisfy their physical needs, but their spiritual needs as well. After moving to town, she became more involved in church activities, quilting sessions, putting together school kits, Circle, recording Prayer for the Day, taking sermon tapes and communion to shut-ins, as well as volunteering for various activities in the community. She sewed over 600 of quilts for Lutheran World Relief, Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp and Blessman Ministries. She is survived by her four sons, Keith (Eileen) Denner of West Des Moines, IA, Dean Denner of Manhatten, KS, Allen (Jan) Denner of Ames, IA, Gary (Lori) Denner of Nevada, IA; one daughter, Karen (Mark) Borchers of Holstein, IA. Her grandchildren include, Matt Denner of Des Moines, Tim Denner of West Des Moines, Patty McKenna of Fairbanks, AK, Emma (Jay) Mercier of New Zealand, Abe Denner of Manhattan, KS, John Denner of Wichita, KS, Lisa (Thomas) Wilson of Ames, Lucas Denner of St. Louis, MO, Brian (Mandy) Borchers of Mt. Pleasant, IA, Amy (Dustin) Vanden Hull of Orange City, IA, Daniel (Amanda) Borchers of Ames and Chad Borchers also of Ames. Marie’s great-grandsons include, Paul, Ethan and Kaden. She is also survived by her brother, Ralph (Norma Jean) Beck of New Hampton and her sister, Elna (Don) Clikeman of Greene, IA; as well as two nieces and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil in 2006; her parents, Roy in 1963 and Louise in 1995; her brother-in-law, Albert Denner in 2009 and sister-in-law, Linda Denner in 2013. Cemetery: Burial will be at New Hampton Cemetery in New Hampton. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00pm on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton and will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday. Funeral services for Marie will be held at 10:30am, on Monday, July 29, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Kevin Frey officiating.