Marlene Jean Horan, 82, of Stanley, passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at MercyOne Hospital in Oelwein. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein, where there will be a parish rosary at 3:45 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Father Ray Atwood officiating. Burial will be in
St. Peter Catholic Cemetery in Clermont.
A memorial fund has been established. To leave condolences, please visit www.geilenfeldfh.com.
Marlene was born Dec. 24, 1936, in Oelwein, Iowa, the daughter of Leo and Iva Arlene (Meyer) Schmidtke. She graduated from the Stanley High School with the Class of 1954. She received her teaching certificate from Upper Iowa University in Fayette in 1956. In 1964, she went back to Upper Iowa to complete her four-year degree. She graduated in 1966 with a B.S. in elementary education. She taught in Maynard, Postville, Ossian, Valley of Elgin and Streamwood, Ill., school districts. Marlene was a teacher for more than 30 years. She also worked as a nanny and as a clerk at several different motels. Marlene loved to dance, and while dancing at the Coliseum in Oelwein she met Frank. She was united in marriage to Francis "Frank" Horan on Feb. 20, 1969, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Clermont. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo and pool, and shared her love through the years with her very cherished cats. Marlene touched many lives and will be dearly missed. She loved her three children more than any of them could understand. Her biggest pride and joy were her grandchildren. She thought the world of all of them.
She is survived by her son, Steve (Leslie) Horan of Hazleton; her daughters, Staci (Jeremy) Callahan of Cedar Rapids and Sondra (Anthony) Bloise of Hiawatha; her seven grandchildren, Henry, Iversen "Ivy," Marli, Tyler, Nicholas, Sienna and Johnathon; and her sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Gary Makovec of Nevada, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; her granddaughter, Patricia Horan; and her brother and his wife, Leroy and Fern Schmidtke.