In Memory of

Marsha Lynn Heimgartner

January 1, 1945 - December 21, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Marsha Lynn Heimgartner

Marsha Lynn Heimgartner

Born: January 1, 1945
Died: December 21, 2019
Age: 74

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A scholarship fund, started in memory of Marsha Heimgartner. Marsha taught in the Spencer community schools for 20 years, having also taught previously at other locations including West Point. In lieu of flowers, we would like this fund in honor of her life as an educator and benefit a Spencer High School Senior pursuing higher education. 100% of this fund will be donated to the scholarship.  Donations can also be made by going online to

   Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Ken (Sam) Heimgartner.  While Alzheimer's took Sam from us too early, his memory will live on in those of us he helped, coached, mentored, trained and loved.  Donations can also be made online

Marsha Lynn Heimgartner


Marsha was born to Dallas and Leota Madland in Canton, SD on January 1, 1945.


Her childhood years were spent in Inwood, IA and she attended West Lyon Schools for Elementary and High School.  After graduation in 1963, she attended Westmar College.


Marsha also met her husband Ken (Sam) at Westmar College and they were married August 27, 1966.  To this union, one daughter was born.

She graduated from Westmar College and obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education.  She taught in the elementary grades for the first 17 years of her career in LeMars, IA; Underwood, IA; and Westpoint Military Academy.  Marsha continued in education in Spencer, IA for the next 20 years with the reading program, teaching children to read. 


After retirement in 2004, she and her husband enjoyed spending time at garage sales and auctions.  Marsha enjoyed quite a few types of collectables, including silhouette pictures, cookie jars, costume jewelry, and a variety of antiques.  Marsha also spent a great deal of time with family and friends and the community.


She was a member of First English Lutheran Church where she served in many different capacities.


Marsha passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, Iowa on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at the age of 74.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles.


Left to cherish her memory is her husband Ken of 53 years; daughter, Jill (Mike) Shuman, Chicago, IL; sister Roberta Madland, Waterloo, IA; brothers Brian (Lois) Madland, Cheyenne, WY and John (Beth) Madland, Central City, IA; many nephews, nieces, other relatives and countless friends.

Shared Memorial Services will be held 10:00 A.M., Saturday, December 28, 2019 at the First English Lutheran Church in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Kaldahl

All of Their Many Friends.
Visitation will begin 5:00 P.M., Friday, December 27th with the family present from 5 to 7:-00 P.M., Friday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"Great Is The Lord"
"Peace Be Yours"
"Go Out As People of God"
By the First English Lutheran Church Praise Team

Kristin Kaldahl
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 2:53 PM
“Jill and family so sorry to hear you lost both parents so quickly together. We remember both your mom and dad from the IPCL shoots and remember you coming to some of those as well. They were good people and will be dearly missed. So sorry for you loss. Blessings to you and your family.
- Save and Stephanie Krehbiel
Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 3:18 PM
“So sad to hear of her passing. She one of my favorite teachers. Always remembered me when i would run into her. ”
- Shannon Butler
Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 10:18 AM
“Your mom was one of the many teachers who gave me guidance and direction when I student taught at Johnson and later aided there for two years. Her humor and down to earth attitude made my experience there rewarding. She cared about students and the adults who taught them. She was a treasure!”
- Ryan Brown
Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 12:25 PM
Sorry for your loss of your Mom . It was fun when we came to visit. Sending prayers to you and the family .
From Ann Myers and family ”
- Ann Myers
Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 7:40 AM
We are so sorry to hear you lost both Marsha and Sam. They were both great people. Ken met Sam when he was a trooper assigned to Minden, when you were just a baby. When he left Pott Co and joined the State Patrol they kept in touch. I remember sitting neither your mom at competition shoots while the guys shot. While we didnt see them often, we very much enjoyed it when we did. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ken and Julie Paradise. ”
- Julie Paradise
Friday, December 27, 2019 at 8:47 PM
“Jill and family. I am so sorry to hear of the untimely passing of Sam and Marsha. I have many fond memories of time spent with both during my visits to Inwood. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this especially difficult time.
Nick Howard”
- Nick Howard
Friday, December 27, 2019 at 8:26 AM
“Jill there is not enough room on the page to tell you of the love for your parents we had. Sam shot ppc with Jeff and Marsha did what we wives do. Your parents so very proud of you and Mike and I so enjoyed hearing about you two when we would see each other at matches. I ALWAYS looked forward to the hug from your dad and the walk your mom and I would share until she couldn’t. Then we would just share stories about antiquing and garage sales they hit on the way. Two people truly meant for each other. Two people we have missed and always will. Our love to you and Mike. ”
- Jeff and Jacki Talbot
Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 10:11 AM
“Dear Jill and family,
We met your parents when we transfered our church membership to FELC during the ground breaking of the new facility. Tom had such fun calling your mom, Jill, because she frequently wore a Spencer tiger jacket with your name on it. We shared many laughs as we worked together at various phases of the project. Marsha always had a smile that was so warm and welcoming to us, as new members. During this time of sorrow, may you always be aware of the Lord's abiding love, and may many wonderful memories comfort your aching heart. We are so sorry for your loss-Tom and Mary Galik”
- Mary Galik
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 9:15 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember growing up as one of Roberta's friends and looking up to Marsha. I'm sure she touched many lives. God bless. Deb Hanson”
- Deb Hanson
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 9:15 AM
“I was so sorry to hear of Marsha's and Sam's passing. I will pray for you and your family. I remember so many good times at your house. Marsha was a great help to me at Westmar. I extend my condolences to all. ”
- Richard Gaumer
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 9:44 AM
“We were saddened to hear of both Marsha's and Ken's passing, but the fact that they can step into heaven together is such a testament of their bond. Both of them truly knew the power of spreading laughter and joy. We are just so blessed to have known them. Our sympathies to their family.”
- Diana and Wayne Koppen
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 8:10 AM
“Im so sorry to hear of Marsha's passing. I send my deepest condolences.”
- Tina Hyronemus
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 8:10 AM
“Our prayers are with you, Jill and family, during this most difficult time ”
- Jack and Kris (Kenealy) Stamp
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 12:55 PM
“Marsha was so much fun when I was her student-teacher. Amazing teacher and such a great sense of humor which everyone enjoyed. She will be missed by so many!”
- Diane Salton
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 12:55 PM
“Very sorry for your loss.”
- George and Barbara Cornelius
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 12:55 PM
“Am so sorry to hear about Marsha's untimely death. I've known the Madlands all my life. Bert and I were best of friends. 🙏”
- Marlene (Kahl) Davis
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 8:46 AM
“Jill and Mike, I was so very saddened to hear about your mom’s passing, Jill. She was a dear friend. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Janet Keck
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 8:28 AM
“Dear Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Marcia’s passing away. I worked At Northshire when she had a class room there for the sacred heart students. What a sweet lady.. She must of been a great teacher too.
Know you are ALL in my prayers. RIP Marcia..”
- Jackie Mann
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 6:14 AM
“Thank you for your loyal friendship over the past many years. Sending our prayers to Sam, Jill and Mike. ”
- Dean and Linda Pingel
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 6:14 AM
“Ken and family sorry to hear of Marshas passing. Prayers for everyone”
- Don Serr
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