Marlene Blumhagen


Marlene Blumhagen, 85, passed away on June 2, 2022, in a Bismarck care center.  Funeral services will be on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at Bismarck Funeral Home.  For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed on the Bismarck Funeral Home Facebook page.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the start of the service at the Bismarck Funeral Home.

Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

Marlene was born on February 20, 1937, to Jake and Natalie Pfennig in Beulah, ND.  On March 31, 1957, she was united in marriage to Raymond Blumhagen in McClusky, ND.  Marlene worked for Robert’s Floral for many years as a floral designer and had a special talent in designing arrangements.  She was an avid reader and loved her books.  Marlene also had many hobbies like collecting angels, buttons “Button Lady”, making candles and counted cross stitching.

Those remaining to share her memories are her daughter:  Tamra (special friend Roger); sons:  Randy (special friend Anna), Cary (Dorena), Kevin (Kathy), grandsons:  Drew, Lucas, Seth, and Bradley; granddaughter:  Jennifer; great grandchildren:  Taylor, Liam, Elijah, and Medora; brothers:  Leo (Sharon) Pfennig, Clint (Joann) Pfennig; sisters:  Jan Myers; Norma Reich; sister-in-law:  Betty (Charles) Martin; and many special nieces and nephews and their families.

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To Tamra, Randy, Cary, Kevin and their families and loved ones; may each of you come to know the comfort of the Lord during this time of sorrow and grief. Marlene is a special dear lady and will be greatly missed. She had a generous, giving spirit and always welcomed me into her home. May her and her beloved husband’s memory be blessed.

My deepest condolences to Marlene’s family. I too am a button collector and I only met Marlene once about 9 years ago at one of her garage sales. I simply asked her if she had any buttons as I do at every sale I go to, we’ll she said, “ Buttons, would you like to see my buttons?” We wound up in her house as she showed me her beautiful button collection and my husband wondered what happened to me. She let me take pictures of her buttons which I was so happy to add to my button scrapbook. I can only imagine how many more buttons she accumulated in the last 10 years. I hope to see her in heaven so we can talk about our shared love of buttons.