Marlene Staloch, 1936-2018

Published 1:00 am Thursday, November 1, 2018

Marlene Louise Staloch, 82, of Wells died Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, at her home in Wells surrounded by her family. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells. The Rev. Matt Fasnacht will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service Friday at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church Saturday. Interment will be at St. Casimir Catholic Cemetery in Wells. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is assisting the family. To leave an online condolence, visit Memorials are preferred to St. Casimir’s special projects, the ALS Association or UHD Hospice.

Marlene Staloch

Marlene Louise was born Feb. 28, 1936, in Minnesota Lake Township in Faribault County, the daughter of Herman and Leola (Leininger) Wach. She attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School in Easton through eighth grade and graduated from Wells High School in 1954. After high school she worked at Young’s Shoe Store.

Marlene was united in marriage to Donald Staloch on July 20, 1955, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Easton. To this union three daughters were born.

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Marlene was an excellent homemaker and loved raising her family. Marlene worked with her husband farming. When her daughters were out of high school she went back into the workforce. Marlene worked at Benson Optical, Red Owl Store, Wells Electric and United South Central High School as secretary for the athletic director/community education office.

Marlene was a member of the Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.

She loved playing cards of all kinds, especially bridge and 500 with her dear friends.

She was a faithful member of St. Casimir’s Church. She was a eucharistic minister, a member of the Catholic Church Women, St. Joseph’s Circle and the Foresters.

Marlene loved her grandchildren, their spouses and great-grandchildren and went to many of their sports activities. Marlene was a sports fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Lynx basketball. She also enjoyed Wells Golf Club and Ladies Day.

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; and mother and father-in-law Joe and Mary Staloch.

Marlene is survived by her children Debra (George) Widman of Wells, Dawn (Brian) Grunzke of Brookings, South Dakota, and Darcy Staloch-Niebuhr (Tom Niebuhr) of New Hope; 10 grandchildren, Dave (Becky) Widman, Derek Widman, Doug Widman (Destiny Nason), Dan Widman and Duncan Widman, Jerad Grunzke, Jenifer (Chad) Erickson, Amanda (Jared) Bauman, Shelby Niebuhr and Spencer Niebuhr; eight great-grandchildren, Randy, Brennan and Charli Grunzke, Cody and Emma Erickson, Jackson and Easton Bauman, and Zach Widman; brothers Leo (Elaine) Wach of Albert Lea and Dale (Marion) Wach of Kasota; sister-in-law, Verona Staloch, of Byron; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.