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Marlene G. Wemark

July 15, 1946 ~ May 17, 2022 (age 75)


Marlene G. Wemark, age 75, of Cresco, IA, died on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at her home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 23, at Notre Dame Catholic Church with Father Daniel Knipper officiating.  Burial will be at Lincoln Cemetery in Ridgeway, IA.  Visitation will be held 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 22, at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home; with a scripture wake service held at 6:00 p.m.  The visitation will continue on Monday at the church from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m.

Marlene Georgiann Jirak was born on July 15, 1946, daughter of Adolph and Mary (Kuhn) Jirak in Cresco, Iowa.  She attended Notre Dame High School and after graduation studied to become a teacher for a couple semesters.  Marlene decided teaching was not the occupation for her, and moved to Rochester to begin working as a nurse’s aide at St. Marys Hospital.  She went on to work for Donaldson Company in Cresco retiring after 35 years. 

On October 29, 1966, Marlene was united in marriage to Lynn Wemark at Assumption Catholic Church.  Their relationship began 4 years prior by a snowball that Marlene threw at Lynn.  The snowball hit its intended target and the couple has been together ever since.  The couple shared a love of fishing and spent many years fishing in Minnesota, Canada, and Black Hawk on the Mississippi River.  Marlene could be found with a blue spinner, a leech with a mile of line out at the back of the boat.  When they lived on the farm she liked to burn brush and garbage, and throw on anything else that would burn.  For Christmas one year, her children gifted a golden lab puppy named Goldie to Lynn.  Goldie ended up becoming Marlene’s dog.  She was not overjoyed by the gift, but soon enough had a big yellow shadow following her around the farm.  Marlene liked to make Oyster Stew for her husband, cinnamon rolls, kolaches, pie, and potato salad.  She enjoyed crocheting and pickling as a hobby. 

Marlene was a devout Catholic.  She made sure her family always went to church no matter where they were. This tradition she created with her family showed her pure determination, but along with her stubborn spirit, she had a tender heart. Marlene’s heart showed through every year for Christmas as she decked the halls, and made it a special day with her large gift sacks filled for her children and grandchildren. Marlene was always early to her Grandchildren’s events; whether it was for concerts or sporting events so she could sit in the front row.

Marlene is survived by her husband Lynn; children Beth (Duane) Albertson of Spillville, IA, Jill (Andrew) Lensing of Ridgeway, IA, Jamie (Alicia) Wemark of Ridgeway, IA; 8 grandchildren Rachael (Kevin) Andera, Sara (Logan) Einck, Eric (Alicia) Albertson, Adam Lensing, Joshua Lensing, Henry Lensing, Lucas Wemark and Lance Wemark, and 8 great-grandchildren; siblings Richard (Joyce) Jirak of Cresco, IA, Camella Schmitt of Cresco, IA, and Dorothy (Charles) O’Brien of Stewartville, MN; and sister-in-law Eileen Jirak.

She is preceded in death by her parents; siblings Gordon Jirak, Elaine (John) Means, and Alma Mae Jirak; and brother-in-law Lester Schmitt.

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May 22, 2022

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home Cresco, IA

Mass of Christian Burial
May 23, 2022

11:00 AM
Notre Dame Catholic Church (Cresco, IA)

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