Margene Ortman
March 25, 1935 - December 20, 2020
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc.
Roberta Julian
Neal Adrian
Shirley Miller
chas fitzgerald
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Private family services will be held.

Margene Ortman passed away on December 20, 2020 at home surrounded by family. Margene was born in 1935, in Marion, South Dakota to Peter J. and Sarah (Goertz) Adrian.  She graduated from Marion High School in 1953 and from South Dakota State University in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics. In…

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Roberta Julian left a message on December 31, 2020:
In memory of Margene Ortman, Roberta Julian lit a candle
Vicki Burch left a message on December 28, 2020:
So saddened to learn of the passing of Margene. She was a wonderful, funny, talented and thoughtful lady. P.E.O. chapter CI will miss her dearly.
John & Barbara Amos left a message on December 27, 2020:
Dear Eldon & Family, We are so sorry to read of Margene's passing. We always appreciated her warmth and smile as she greeted us, sharing about the children and latest news. She will be missed by many. Thinking of you with special thoughts & prayers.
Neal Adrian left a message on December 26, 2020:
Dear Eldon, Nancy, Connie, and Karen, We were shocked when we heard about Margene passing away - so sudden and without warning. We mourn as you do, but I am reminded of two themes Pastor Eyman stressed in the service that I hope will comfort you. First, how Pastor Eyman described Marge was so accurate. Her lively disposition was contagious to those around her. Second, Pastor Eyman directed our thoughts to Scripture and what it says to those who are in Christ. Those in Christ have hope beyond the grave because their bodies will be resurrected to a resurection body upon Christ's return to earth when this age comes to an end. My prayer is these truths will comfort you as you mourne the loss of Margene. She was a wonderful Aunt that I have so many fond memories of. One of my earliest memories is when my dad and mom went to Europe and I stayed at Margene and Eldon's home in Brookings, SD. That time and the comfort of staying with them while my dad and mom were gone is a prominent memory in my mind. Margene will be missed, but may we be comforted by these truths. Affectionately in Christ, Neal and Becky
Marilyn & Bernie Wynstra left a message on December 24, 2020:
Eldon, We’re so surprised to hear of Margene”s home going. Please accept our sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bernie & Marilyn
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Sandra Asbury left a message on December 23, 2020:
What a beautiful service for a beautiful person. Sending my love and praying the peace that passes all understanding is with your family.
Connie left a message on December 23, 2020:
Love you, Mom, the light of my life. Rejoice in Jesus.
Shirley Miller left a message on December 23, 2020:
So very sorry for your loss Natalie. I didn’t know her but felt like I knew her a little bit thru you. Hugs & prayers to you & your mom. Love you, my thoughts will be with you. Shirley
Edwin J Pauls left a message on December 23, 2020:
Eldon - I am stunned to receive the message today about Margene's passing. I am somewhat uncertain as to what I can say to aid in the experience. I know that I shall never ever regret having spent those few days with you folks. I just remember the total openness of Margene to my insisting that I prolong the visit somewhat, and at the same time the both of you treating me with hospitality I have not remembered from anyone else. I remember her picture gracing your desk at North Hall, and remember thinking and hoping my relationship for the future would be like that. The wedding was another inspiring experience, both worshipful and dignified. I hope that some day I can connect with you again, but being sure of allowing you and your family the time to go through the grieving process in an appropriate manner. Knowing you, I know that's just how it will be. My prayers are with you, and my heart will ache with you during the days ahead. I can only share from my experience that it's o.k. to grieve, and that there does come a time of peace. And I wish this for you, and for all your family.
chas fitzgerald left a message on December 22, 2020:
Margene was a second mom to me. Our families grew up together and Karen, Connie and Nancy were like cousins or even closer as we shared backyards, meal times, camping adventures to the Black Hills or many other episodes of childhood. Our parents were quite fond of each other and friendship came easily and naturally. Margene as a such a kind being and affable and one always enjoyed listening to her stories. She found humor in everyday things and shared her enthusiasm for life and family with all. I am so grateful to have known and loved Margene Ortman.
Marilyn Forbes left a message on December 22, 2020:
Your mother and grandmother was a wonderful woman. I have enjoyed knowing her and loving her as a PEO sister and friend. She will be sorely missed.
Mary Nelson left a message on December 22, 2020:
So very sorry. I loved Margene like a sister. She will be missed by so many.
Toni Williams left a message on December 22, 2020:
Nancy - thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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