Elsie Marienau, 85, of Le Mars, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Elsie Almina Marie Marienau was born Nov. 29, 1921, near Le Mars, the daughter of Johann U. and Engeling M. (Dirks) Hartmann. She attended country school in Grant Township near her home.
On May 9, 1946, Elsie and Melvin K. Marienau were united in marriage at Christ Lutheran Church (Grant Township), rural Le Mars. The couple made their home in Merrill. In 1959, Elsie and Melvin moved to the family farm in Grant Township. They farmed there until moving to an acreage near Le Mars in 1963. Two years ago they moved to the Floyd Valley Apartments. In January of this year Elsie and Melvin moved to the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Elsie worked at Jo-Nee Manufacturing in Le Mars from 1955 until her retirement in 1993.
Elsie was a member of Christ Lutheran Church (Grant Township) rural Le Mars. She enjoyed sewing for her family, cooking, camping, and gardening. Most of all she loved to spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Melvin of Le Mars; a daughter and her husband, Linda and John Conover of Le Mars; a son and his wife, Terry and Kathy Marienau of Le Mars; five grandchildren Jon Conover, Sara Conover and her fiancÚ Damon Magstadt, Jeff and Dena Marienau, Mark and Judy Marienau and Matthew Marienau; great-grandchildren Kelsey, Morgan, Payton and Trent Marienau and Henry Marienau, Elsie Marienau, and Carter Alan Conover; a sister-in-law, Jean Winterfield of Ord, Neb.; an aunt, Edna Hardacre; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother Raymond Hartmann.
Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church (Grant Township), rural Le Mars, with the Rev. Dan Gerrietts officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Friday) at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars. The family will be present beginning at 5 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com