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Marlene J. Knoff

May 22, 1934 ~ June 27, 2019 (age 85)

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Marlene J. Knoff, 85, of Onawa, Iowa passed away unexpectedly Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Burgess Health Center, Onawa, Iowa.

A memorial service will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at the Rush Family Chapel in Onawa, Iowa with Pastor Tim Cramer, officiating. Burial will be in the Belvidere Cemetery, rural Turin, Iowa. A luncheon will follow at the Onawa United Methodist Church in Onawa, Iowa. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.

Marlene Jeanette Knoff was born on May 22, 1934 to Waldo Edward and Freda Lucille (Miller) Lundeen in rural Grant Center, Iowa.


At the age of 6 the family moved to a farm north of Grant Center, Iowa. She attended Grant Center 2 room school until the 7th grade, where she then went to Mapleton Public School and graduated in 1952.

At the age of 14, she was baptized at the Ticonic Methodist Church where she was a member until her marriage to Dale Leroy Knoff of Moorhead, Iowa on May 29, 1952 at the Ticonic Methodist Church.

In Oct of 1958 the couple moved to a farm east of Turin, Iowa where they resided for 53 years. Dale passed away on November 5, 1997.  Marlene stayed on the farm for 14 years before moving to Diamond Heights Apartments in Onawa in February 2011 where she resided until her death.

Marlene loved the country life, working in the yard, decorating her home, shopping, Bible study, reading, and coloring in her adult coloring book. What gave her great joy was when she had her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren at her side.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Karlyn (Tom) Petersen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Rhonda (Terry) Trube of Canton, South Dakota, and Brenda (Roger) Nemitz of Charter Oak, Iowa; one son, Kevin Knoff of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; six grandchildren, Amber (Steve) Kielman of Brandon, South Dakota, Abraham (Ashley) Knoff and Austin (Suzie) Knoff all of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Grace and Ethan Trube of Canton, South Dakota, and Bethany (Josh) Linkenhoker of Charter Oak, Iowa; two step-grandchildren, Wendy (Ernest) Ping of Wayne, Nebraska and Holli (Jay) Jackson of Allen, Nebraska; one sister, Sherry (Larry) Pixler of Yuma, Arizona; and one brother, Larry (Candi) Lundeen of Plymouth, Minnesota; great-grandchildren, Ashton, Blake, Kevin Dale, Isabella and Cadence Knoff; step-great-grandchildren, Raschell and Elliot Ping and Summer, Ali, Boden, Jaylen Jackson, and Koltin and Rylee Linkenhoker; and many other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Dale Knoff; her parents, Waldo and Freda Lundeen; one nephew, Dieago Lundeen; maternal grandparents, Claude and Stella Miller; and paternal grandparents, John and Ethel Lundeen.

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Memorial Service
July 3, 2019

11:00 AM
Rush Family Chapel
1629 10th Street
Onawa, IA 51040

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