Marleen "Bobbie" Mentzer, 90, of Ames, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at Homeward Hospice, Israel Family House in Ames.
Marleen Mae Moritz was born July 25, 1920, in Kingsley, the daughter of John and Maggie (Simonsen) Moritz. She grew up in rural Kingsley and graduated from Kingsley High School. Bobbie married Lee Arnold Mentzer June 1, 1944, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Arnold and Bobbie loved their life (lots of friends) in Hackensack, Minn., where they owned and operated Mentzer's Autos, Sun and Fun Soda Fountain, and The House of Mentzer, a women's dress store, for many years.
They were members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hackensack, Minn., for many years.
Arnold and Bobbie enjoyed visiting family and friends in Phoenix, Ariz., through the years. After Arnold's death in 1973, Bobbie moved to Eden Prairie, Minn., where she taught business classes at the Eden Prairie Community College.
In 2000, Bobbie moved to Ames, to be closer to family. She had resided at The Colonial Manor in Zearing since 2001, where she enjoyed her time with the wonderful staff and many friends.
Bobbie is survived by a sister, Marjorie Page of Kingsley; a sister-in-law, Amy Becker of Le Mars; and many nieces and nephews.
Bobbie was preceded in deathh by her parents; her husband, Lee Arnold Mentzer on Jan. 29, 1973; and a brother, John "Jack" Moritz on March 17, 2005.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the Rev. Tim Geitz officiating. Interment was at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation with the family present was at the Carlsen Funeral Home from 9:30 a.m. until service time. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.