Marlene Ann Asche was born Sept. 8, 1941, in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Albert and Flora (Schmahl) Stevens. The family moved to Le Mars, where Marlene graduated from Le Mars High School. After earning her diploma, Marlene took a position with Sacred Heart Hospital in Le Mars as a nurses' aid.
On Nov. 12, 1964, Marlene and Dennis Asche were united in marriage at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne, Minn. They made their home in Le Mars.
Marlene worked at Westmar College as a pastry chef prior to her 25-year career as a truck dispatcher. She spent the last 18 years as a dispatcher at Schuster Co. Trucking where she continued to work on a part-time basis.
Marlene was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars where she taught Vacation Bible School. She was also a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and its Auxiliary, having served as president.
Marlene loved to travel and she and Denny spent winters in the south. Her hobbies included gardening, sewing, crafts and quilting.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 48 years, Dennis Asche, of Le Mars; her children, Sandra Asche, of Key Largo, Fla., Scott Asche and Lynnette, of Bozeman, Mont., Steve Asche and his wife, Lynn of Bozeman, Mont.; her brothers, Jim Stevens and his special friend, Nancy, of Spirit Lake, Richard Stevens of Boston, Mass., Larry Stevens and his special friend, Sharon, of Ankeny, and Robert Stevens of Dallas, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Monday) at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars The Rev. Gary Landsness will officiate. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock. Visitation was after 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars, with the family present from 5-8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation on Monday at the church prior to the funeral service.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.