Marlene M. CummingsNovember 8, 1939 ~ September 20, 2017 (age 77)
Marlene Marie Cummings, 77 of Cresco, Iowa died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 after a long battle with complications of rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 25, 2017, at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Cresco, IA with Father Dennis Cain officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Cresco, IA. Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 24, at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home Cresco. Visitation will continue an hour prior to the time of service Monday at the church.
Marlene was born in Howard County, Iowa on November 8, 1939, the daughter of Miles and Elvira (Baker) Barnes. She attended country school Paris Township #4 on the Barnes farm, two years at Rudolphinum High School in Protivin, Iowa and graduated from Cresco High School in 1957.
On November 27, 1957, she was united in marriage to Richard Cummings at Holy Cross Church in Schley, Iowa. Marlene and Dick lived in Charleston, SC, Rapid City, SD, Sioux Falls, SD, Eau Claire, WI and Saint Paul Park, MN while Dick was in the Air Force and worked for Orkin Pest Control.
Starting in high school Marlene worked at Boeke Drug and continued after getting married while Dick was enlisted; and again after they moved back to Cresco in 1968. Marlene also worked in food service at Howard-Winneshiek schools and retired as the food service director in 2004.
She was a long time member of the Notre Dame Parish. Marlene was a dedicated volunteer. Over the years she was very active in her church, the American Legion Auxiliary, Hospital Auxiliary quilt auction and under the insistence of Fr. Fitz, Marlene & Dick along with Galen & Lavon Fye and Gil & Karen Pecinovsky started the Notre Dame Parish food stand at the Howard County Fair from 1992-97. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, RHSHC Hospital Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary.
Most of all Marlene enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing cards at card club and Bunco. She was avid supporter of any sport her grandchildren were playing. She loved to watch and “talk” college football, basketball and wrestling. She followed all relatives and local area youth in high school wrestling. Marlene loved flowers and spent many hours tending her flower gardens.
Marlene is survived by her daughters, Julie and her husband Kirk Titus of Baxter, MN, and Jill and her husband Brian McConnell of Cresco, IA; four grandchildren; David Titus of Mankato, MN, Erik Titus of Brainerd, MN and Molly McConnell and Elle McConnell of Cresco, IA. Two brothers, Larry (Kay) Barnes of Cresco, IA and Bob (Carolyn) Barnes of Cedar Rapids, IA. Sisters-in-law, Irene McGee of Austin, MN and Margaret Burkett of Cresco, IA, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and a great many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dick in April of 2000, her parents, one granddaughter and brother Rodney Barnes.