Marlene Elizabeth Domeier, 78, of New Ulm died Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at her home.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, November 20 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm with Father Bruno Santiago officiating. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery.
Visitation will be 2 5 p.m. Sunday and 10 11 a.m. Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm.
To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guest book go to www.mvfh.org
Marlene is survived by her nieces, nephews, and grand-nephews Anne Morris, Pam DeMarce, Colleen DeMarce, John Morris, Patrick Morris, Doug DeMarce, Tim DeMarce, Andre DeMarce, and Dana DeMarce; special cousins Gerry Leonard, Mary Munns, Joanne Christenson, and many other cousins; by dear friends John and Christine Koster, Kevin Freiderich, Ben Pieser, Steve Moran, Deb Fortwengler, John Shikoski, David Sturgis, Dr. Ann Vogel, and so many other friends, near and far, who loved Marlene; and also by her newest friend, her dog Prince Charles.
She was preceded in death by her parents; by her sisters, Bernice Morris, Kathryn DeMarce, and Rosemary Domeier who died in infancy; brothers-in-law Robert DeMarce and Donald Morris.
Marlene Elizabeth Domeier was born January 8, 1939, in New Ulm to Emil and Agatha (Berger) Domeier. As a young girl Marlene would accompany her father, Emil Domeier, and would assist him with the Emil Domeier Dance Band. Later, she and her mother began a series of trips to Germany and came back inspired to turn their corner grocery story into Domeiers German Store, an enchanted place filled with the foods, candies, music, and gifts that they found in the shops of Germany. Marlene spent her life operating the store and, because of her, the store evolved into a unique community treasure. Families came to visit the store as part of their traditions and would bring out-of-town guests to enjoy it.
Marlene received many honors in her life. She was named the first woman president of the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce and served on its board of directors in the 1970s. Throughout her life she was active in New Ulm retail business leadership and was a tireless promoter of New Ulm. Along the way she also worked with the Sister Cities Commission and the United Way. She was for decades the host of KNUJs Music from Germany Hour, where she delighted listeners with stories, traditions, and music from the old country. Marlene was a member of the Brown County Historical Society, St. Marys Church, and the German Bohemian Society.
She loved her customers, friends, family, and all who crossed the threshold of the store and her home. She was known for her warm personality and her kind and generous nature. With her death a light went out in the community and it can never be replaced. She will live in our hearts forever.
Memorials are preferred to the Brown County Historical Society or to the donors choice.
Published on November 17, 2017