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Marie Ann Dickman

July 16, 1923 ~ April 5, 2018 (age 94)

            Marie Anna (Schmelzer) Dickman was born on July 16, 1923 in rural Guttenberg, Iowa.  She was the oldest of the seven children of Albert and Alvina Schmelzer.  She attended country school in rural Garnavillo, leaving after the ninth grade with her sister Bernadette so that the family could go without a hired man during the Depression.

            After the war, she attended Paris Beauty Academy in Cedar Rapids with her best friend Noreen and subsequently they founded Mareen’s Beauty Shop in Garnavillo.  She married the love of her life, Henry Dickman on January 11, 1949. 

            To that union was born a son, Henry Mark, and a daughter, Reka Marie.

            Marie was an excellent cook, farm wife, and devoted mother and grandmother.  She loved her life and her family and friends.  Above all, she loved the Lord. 

            She died at the Guttenberg Care Center on April 5, 2018.     Left to mourn her passing are daughter, Reka Hinshaw, grandchildren Amy (Andy) Nyren and Mark (Kirsten) Hinshaw along with great-grandchildren Ella and James Nyren and Taylor and Kya Hinshaw, two sister-in-laws, Edna Schmelzer and Shirley Schmelzer, and honorary family Jim and Brenda Meier, and Mary and John Takeuchi.

            Preceding her in death were her infant son, Henry Mark, and her husband, Henry along with her six brothers and sisters, Bernadette Stroschien, Joe Schmelzer, Leonilla Moser, Loren Schmelzer, Gerry Kann, and Jim Schmelzer, and her son-in-law John Hinshaw.  She was also preceded in death by her dear friend Lorraine Meier.  She was adored by her family and friends and will be deeply missed.

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