Marlene Kay (Dlouhy) Penfold, 67, Clear Lake

Marlene Kay (Dlouhy) Penfold, age 67, of Clear Lake, formerly of Osage, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Osage with Dr. Janice Raymond officiating. Inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence, Iowa at a later date. Following services, there will be a time to greet the family and lunch and fellowship at the church. For those unable to attend the memorial service, a visitation period will be from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. on that Sunday at the church as well.

Marlene was born January 20, 1950, in Independence, Iowa, the daughter of Jerry M. and Malinda Kay (Tonn) Dlouhy. She graduated in 1968 from Independence High School in Independence, Iowa, and later graduated from Hawkeye Nursing School and La James Beauty School, both in Waterloo, Iowa. On August 15, 1971, Marlene married Alston William Penfold in Independence. They were married for 45 years and were blessed with three children and six grandchildren.
Marlene’s career included being a loving grandma, a licensed practical nurse, a beautician, and she was also manager of KOSG Radio Station, the Chamber of Commerce, and was Human Resources Manager at A to Z Drying, Inc., all in Osage. Marlene was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Osage and Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake. She also was a member of the Kappa Mu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

Marlene loved surrounding herself with her family. She worked tirelessly to help her kids, her grandkids, and her extended family. Her joy was ensuring that their lives were made easier thanks to her dedication towards them. She excelled at finding and encouraging each grandchild’s strengths and always making sure they knew how special they are. Marlene also enjoyed entertaining her family and friends and always made them feel welcome.

Marlene is survived by her husband, Alston William Penfold of Clear Lake; her son, Alston Jason (Katie) Penfold and their children, Alston Hilton and Alivia of Osage; her daughter, Dr. Kathleen (Jeramy) Voortmann and their children, Malinda and Sienna of Clear Lake; her son, Dr. David (Dr. Melinda) Penfold and their children, Ronan and Saxon of Clear Lake; brother, Ronald (Julia) Dlouhy of Newton; brother-in-law, Craig Schutte of Jesup; and many special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Malinda Dlouhy; sister, Kathleen Schutte; and niece, Tiffiny Dlouhy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the family who will be making a donation or directly to the UI Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244-4550 or made online at to support the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Fund. On the memo line, please note in memory of Marlene Penfold and account number (30506055). Credit card gifts are accepted by calling Toll Free 800-648-6973, Ext. 895.

Information available and condolences accepted at
Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage (641) 732-3706.

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