In Memory of

Marlene E. Jenness

September 25, 1949 - May 22, 2011
Marlene Elaine Jenness, the daughter of Willard H. and Erma Matilda Laura (Westphal) Stief was born on September 25, 1949 in Alta, Iowa. Her childhood years were spent in Aurelia where she attended school and graduated from Aurelia High School in 1967. Following high school Marlene attended the University of Northern Iowa. Marlene resided in Cherokee, IA and worked for Miller Mac Insurance and Real Estate and Farm Bureau. For the past 37 years, she had worked for the U.S. Postal Service, most recently worked as Post Master in Aurelia, IA. She was involved with the TTT, Cherokee Booster Club, and Postal Unions. She enjoyed shopping and attending her grandchildren's events. On May 22, 2011, Marlene passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center at the age of 61. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Erma Stief; one brother, Dean Stief; maternal grandparents, Henry and Clara Westphal; paternal grandparents, Alfred and Minnie Stief; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by three sons: Chad (Kristen) Jenness of Andover, MN, Cory (Laurie) Jenness of Sibley, IA, and Chris (Missy) Jenness of Cherokee, IA; seven grandchildren, Colvin, Beau, and Tyce Jenness of Sibley, IA, Carson and Adyson Jenness of Cherokee, IA, and Isabel and Bailey Jenness of Andover, MN; two sisters, Sharon Stief of Alta, IA, Nancy (Jack) Galvin of Aurelia, IA; as well as several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, Iowa.
Pastor Larry G. Lemke
Visitation will begin at noon on Tuesday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Tuesday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Congregational Hymns "Go, My Children, with My Blessing" "The Lamb" "Blest Are They" Organist- Jeannette Hinkeldey
Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery Rural Aurelia, Iowa


Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Let God comfort you and may your memories of Marlene remain close to your hearts.”
- Steven D. Goodburn
Friday, May 27, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“chad, I am so sorry about your mom. She was my post master here, and always had a smile on her face. I will miss her. my Prayers are with you and your family.”
- Amy E. Bednarczyk
Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Marlene's passing. To lose someone so young in life is hard to understand. The video tribute was lovely.
My mom Marcella (Sump)Springer is her 2nd cousin through both the Sump & Pingel family. We were just in Cherokee for graduation and it is hard to think I missed the opportunity to go see her. My heart & prayers go out to you all.”
- Brenda S. Springer-Halseth
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You have our deepest sympathy. Treasure all the good memories. I often think of Cole and Beau. They were two of the sweetest boys to watch.
Take care and God Bless.”
- Judy K Dunning
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest Condolences on the passing of Marlene. I met her in 1982 when I began working at the Cherokee Post Office. She was one of the nicest people I have ever met. She made the world a better place.”
- George R Engebretson
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Laurie and Cory..hugs n prayers to you and your family. ”
- stephanie (waddell) schlenger
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“ I was so sorry to hear of Marlene's death. We were both Class of '67 and shared many classes. Marlene was always friendly and kind to everyone. I know she will be missed by all. What a wonderful video tribute for her.”
- Joan Nielsen Menefee
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Marlene and I graduated highschool together. She was a great person then and I'm sure always was since then. I would get to see her about very two years when we would run into each other by accident. She was always happy and made you feel better for having seen her again. She was one of the 'Good Ones' and will be greatly missed.”
- Kent E. Hyndman
Monday, May 23, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of Marlene's passing. She was such a nice person, she always had time to stop and visit and I loved her beautiful smile. Please accept our sympathies.”
- Mitzi & Terry Towne
Monday, May 23, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“To the Jenness family:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the many great memories of your mother support you through this difficult time. May her wisdom and love for you all be felt as think of her and your time together. ”
- Bill, Wendy, Ryan, and Macy Mueller
Monday, May 23, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Cory Jenness & family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was such a wonderful lady! My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.”
- Cheryl Peck
Monday, May 23, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Thoughts and prayers sent to all your families. She will be missed. Hugs to all. Love, Bev & Craig Simonsen”
- Bev D Simonsen
Monday, May 23, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“To all Marlene's family;
My deepest sympathy! I am thinking of you all.
Marlene was my very best friend in school. My heart is aching. I'm remembering all our good times. She was a special person and will be missed by so many!
God comfort and bless you all!”
- Jan K. Mickelson
Monday, May 23, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of your Mom's death. May you feel the care of friends, but especially the love of God at this time.”
- Jeff and Janie VandeGriend
Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear about your mom. Your family has our sympathy and you are in our Thoughts and Prayers. May you feel our loving arms wrapped around you at this sad time.”
- Karla S Crichton
Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“We are so sorry for the loss of Marlene.She was such a wonderful and beautiful person.She was always so friendly and enjoyed seeing her in the post office.Always remember your memories with her.”
- Terry and Cathy Coombs
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