Marlene Rae Andring, 78, died peacefully on August 18, 2017, at her home in Detroit Lakes, surrounded by her family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Monday, August 21, 2017, at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes with a prayer service to be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the mass at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be made at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 11 a.m.
Marlene was born November 26, 1938, in Calumet, Michigan, the daughter of Harold O. and Alberta M. Smith. The family relocated to Detroit Lakes in 1952, and Marlene graduated from Detroit Lakes Community High School in 1956.
Marlene met Lyle E. Andring in 1957, and after a “long engagement” of 3 weeks, they were married at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on July 12, 1958. After traveling for work for several years, they chose to make Detroit Lakes their home. Together they raised seven children. Marlene enjoyed helping her kids in school by serving as a room-mother for all of them. She was also the secretary of the PTO for a time. In addition to being a homemaker, Marlene joined her husband in the ownership and operation of All Star Cleaning Service.
Marlene was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. She enjoyed sewing, reading, crafting, cross-stitching, puzzles, and playing cards. Her unique sense of humor and her outgoing personality were gifts enjoyed by many.
Marlene is survived by her two sisters, Anita Smith of Detroit Lakes, MN and Kathie Smith of Owatonna, MN; seven children: Mark Andring of Lake Park, MN, Brian (Jill) Andring of Detroit Lakes, MN, Paula (Jeff) Cypher of Miltona, MN, Kae (George) Martinez of Fairmont, MN, Connie (Dave) Hammes of Lake Park, MN, Coleen (Brian) Voeltz of Detroit Lakes, MN, and Eric (Keri) Andring of Hawley, MN; 18 grandchildren: Richard (Tricia) Andring, Marie Andring, Robert Andring, Erica Andring, Michelle (Dave) Coufal, Krysta (J.P.) Lipton, Kara (Brett) Jegtvig, Thomas Andring, Scott (Jolene) Cypher, Kyle Martinez, Denver Martinez, Logan Martinez, Daniel Neisen, Jackson Hammes, Brenda Voeltz, Paul Voeltz, Erin Westhoff and Andy Westhoff; and 13 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Alberta; father, Harold; and husband, Lyle.