In Memory of

Marjorie Ann Dalen

November 20, 1930 - August 20, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Marjorie Ann Dalen

Marjorie Ann Dalen

Born: November 20, 1930
Died: August 20, 2020
Age: 89

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It is with deep sorrow and much love that we morn the passing of Marjorie Ann Schacherer Dalen, of Spencer, Iowa on August 20, 2020, at the age of 89.  She was born on November 20, 1930 near Ladysmith, WI.  Marge passed suddenly after contracting COVID-19.  She will be lovingly remembered by sisters Obby Brobst and Darlene Lair.  Children Diane (Jim) Darr, (Jane) Dalen, Susan (Chris) Wilson, Tom (Julie) Dalen and Gordon Dalen.  20 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 26 years, Harold Dalen; daughter Shelley; son Jerry; grandson Ben; siblings Marion, Jane, Jerry; and parents Hannah and Ralph Schacherer.

     Her most current residence was Riverview Terrace, she will be deeply missed by her friends and the staff.

     Marge and Harold raised their family in Spencer, Iowa.  She worked for Bell Telephone/AT&T for 37 years.  In her retirement, Marge moved to Glendale, Arizona.  She was an active member of the Catholic Church where she served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister.  She dedicated her retirement to volunteering in her community with St. Vincent de Paul, Andre House of Arizona, and Raising Special Kids.

     Marge was a devoted, selfless, and hard-working mother and grandmother.  She always had a camera in her hand, candidly capturing the memories of her family.  Loved ones will remember Marge’s contagious laugh, generous spirit, and relentless sweet tooth.

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Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Warner Chapel in Spencer.

St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital was one of Marge's favorite charities to support.  In lieu of gifts or flowers, please consider a memorial donation to

The service will be livestreamed and will be able to be seen on our Facebook page.  The service will also be uploaded to our website after the conclusion of the service.
Pastor John Syvertson
"How Great Thou Art"
"His Eye Is On The Sparrow"
Valley View Cemetery
Graettinger, Iowa
At A Later Date


Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 4:56 PM
“Diane and family. I'm so saddened to hear the passing of your Mom. Spent lots of time with her when she and My Mother Lyda Kelch would get together. I even have her on a video from 1991, on my son Beau's birthday She was so lovely, fun, and kind. My prayers of comfort 💗 are on there way. Rachelle (Shelley) Kelch.”
- Rachelle Kelch
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 3:10 PM
“Diane and family--I was so sorry to hear about your Mother. May your memories bring you comfort.”
- Sharon Jorgensen
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 2:46 PM
“I’m so sorry to hear of Marge passing, she was such a good person and good friend! Love to all you kids and my heart goes out to each and everyone of you! May God take care of you Marge!”
- Jo Runkle
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 9:07 AM
“Sue and family, so sorry for your loss! Remember her spirit is always with you, loving and guiding!”
- Dan Bates
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 7:53 AM
“"Gordon, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My condolences to you and your family.”
- Mark Siirtola
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 4:42 PM
“Diane and family, Please accept our profound sympathy and condolences. It is hard to say goodbye to a parent that loved and cared for you, but now know that she is in Paradise. May God grant you Peace and Comfort.”
- David & Linda Susie
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing and send prayers for all of you during this difficult time. ”
- Teresa Johansen
Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 8:06 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the Dalen family!”
- Jay Santage
Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 8:06 AM
“We were so sorry to hear about Marge’s death. She was always so much fun to be with. Sending you all a lot of love. ”
- Kathy & Tom Coldwell
Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 8:06 AM
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Dalen family at this time of great loss. Marj was such a spitfire when I knew her; working so hard and raising a family all by her self after the loss of her forever love Harold, who I never had the honor to meet.. I remember her exasperation with those boys and that crazy dog Turf. She was strikingly beautiful, a gift God bestowed on all her offspring. She had a great smile and infectious laugh. After reading her obituary, it does not surprise me that she gave so much to her community and to her church family. A beautiful soul, a beautiful life. Big hugs to all.”
- Jojean Freeburg Dikeman
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 8:55 AM
“Sue, sending prayers to you and your family at this difficult time.”
- Greg Johnson
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 7:31 PM
“So very sorry to learn of Marge’s passing. I worked with her many years ago at Northwestern Bell. Always enjoyed chatting with her. Such a sweet kind lady. I know how much you will miss her. Sending prayers to you all!”
- Barbara Boyd Barner
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 6:11 PM
“I remember our parents getting together and all the fun they had. Hope they meet in heaven. ”
- Tammy Bruett Hoffman
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 5:02 PM
“Dalen Family,
Sending my deepest sympathy and hugs. Marge was a wonderful lady! Hold tight to your sweet memories!
- Kathy Anderson Brees
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 5:02 PM
“Diane and Family, My sympathy and prayers to you in the loss of your dear mother.”
- Jan Norton
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 5:02 PM
“Sue and family, I was so sorry to hear about your mother. My prayers and sympathy to everyone. She was such a wonderful person... had such a beautiful smile whenever I came to hang out! ”
- Kathi Rost
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 11:49 AM
“Marge's family, it was a pleasure having Marge be Deb's neighbor, and it was pleaseant to see Marge here, she will be deeply missed by all of us. Much love. ”
- Brady Lytle
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 10:17 AM
“Sue.......So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Hold tight to the many fond memories you have. ”
- Mark Nemmers
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 8:20 AM
I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. Prayers to the family. ”
- John Zinn
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 8:20 AM

So very sorry to read this about your mom! Hold tight to your memories of her. ”
- Susanne
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 8:20 AM
“I'm really gonna miss our chats Marge and I had at river veiw... we were alway laughing ”
- cher lindahl
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 8:20 AM
“Diane- I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I enjoyed getting yo know her at Riverview Terrace. She was always so pleasant and cheerful. My prayers are with all of you.”
- Joan Kallsen
Monday, August 24, 2020 at 11:10 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss. She was such a pleasant person, we enjoyed taking care of her in her home. ”
- Home Instead Senior Care
Monday, August 24, 2020 at 7:47 AM
“Diane and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Marge very much. I am so blessed to have known her. She was always fun to talk with, laugh with and spend time with. She is deeply missed. Many prayers of comfort and peace during this very sad time. ”
- Cari and Joel Seversen
Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 2:28 PM
“Diane, I was sad to hear from my mom, about the loss of your mom.
Your have my sincere sympathy during this difficult time. ”
- Deb Davis
Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 8:04 AM
“Diane and all, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother! I know it's so hard to lose parents but you are lucky to have had her all these years! You have great memories to hold tight to your heart! May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace”
- Gayle & Bryan Bailey
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