Marlene Lillian Oehlke Dreier-Rangnow, 80, of Meyersville passed away Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. She was the first born daughter to Herman and Lillian Bade Oehlke on Aug. 16, 1937 in Weesatche. Marlene was baptized in St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Weesatche and confirmed in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Cuero. She attended Cuero schools and graduated in 1955. Marlene met her husband, Gilbert Dreier, while in school and they married on Aug. 16, 1955 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Cuero. They raised five children. Marlene and Gilbert lived in Meyersville, Cuero, Beeville, Refugio, Bay City, Houston, and Van Vleck before moving back home to Meyersville.
Marlene was active in her church serving as President of the Council, President of the Women of the Church, and teaching Sunday school and vacation bible school. She was Lay Reader, was on Altar Guild, a member of The Old Stone Church committee, served on the Council as Secretary, and served as head of Parish Education while living in various places. She served many years on the C.A.M.A.L. Board and worked at the C.A.M.A.L. House. She was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Meyersville.
Her community activity included being a Junior Girl Scout Leader, a girl’s softball assistant coach, and later a head coach. She assisted at the Bay City Senior Citizens Center as a kitchen helper. Marlene enjoyed being in the production of the “Red Stocking Follies” which was held in Bay City. She worked as a teacher’s aide and later as a principal’s aide in Cuero schools. While living in Houston, she became the president of the Parkway Forest Homeowners Association and also served on the Parkway Forest Water Board. She was a member of the Cuero American Legion Auxiliary, the Cuero Lions Club, and was a member of The Cuero TPA.
Marlene worked at Sears, Ferguson’s, Perry’s, Green Brothers Jewelers, Boysen’s Grocery, and as an aide at the Bohman Hospital. She was a member of the Texas Extension and Education Association of which she served as County Chairman and also served on the State Board from 2005-2007. She received the Outstanding Family Community Education member of the year award in 1998.
After 48 years of marriage, her beloved husband, Gilbert, passed away and she went to work as a certified nurse’s aide at Cuero Nursing and Rehab. Here she met her second husband, Alfred Rangnow, whom she married March 18, 2006.
Both she and Alfred joined the Senior Citizens of Cuero and, upon their closing, in 2012 they started a small group of senior citizens to help them stay busy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Lillian Oehkle and first husband, Gilbert Dreier.
She will be remembered by her children, Keith Wayne (Cheryl) Dreier of Dayton, Craig Lynn (Donna) Dreier of Meyersville, Dr. Brent Dale (Shelley) Dreier of Meyersville, Dawn Kyle (James Wyatt) Howard of Dayton, and Todd Lane (Sylvia) Dreier of Dayton; stepchildren, Rhonda (Jonathon) Ideus of Meyersville and Timothy Rangnow of Buda; 15 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; brother, Wilburn (Marilyn) Oehlke of Meyersville; sisters, Edna (Dave) Howland of China Spring and Sharon (Rick) Wooley of Waco; sisters-in-law, Ruby (Bill) Berger of Gonzales and Eileen (Finley) Barth of Westhoff; brother-in law, Donald (Sheila) Hardt of Dickinson; several nieces and nephews; and close family and friends.
She loved God, family, and the life given to her and tried to make this world a better place for family and friends.
She really loved being right all the time (as her kids and husband would say). Just ask Alfred as he can attest to that. Things just seemed to work out that way without her even trying. She stood up for what was right and remained steadfast in her convictions. She hopes she has instilled that trait in her children.
Christmas was her favorite time of the year. A new beginning with the birth of Jesus. All of her family showed up for a four day weekend spending time doing whatever, such as having a family bonfire and outdoor cooking even in inclement weather.
She will now miss all this in person but not in spirit. All her friends will miss her, especially the Senior Citizens.
Visitation will be Saturday, Nov. 4 from 5-7 p.m. at Freund Funeral Home. Services will be held Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m., at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Meyersville with Pastor John Boor officiating. Interment will follow at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Ronnie Tiemann, Randy Dreier, Sean Dreier, Dylan Dreier, Von Dreier, Jacob Dreier, Jeremy Howard, and Timothy Dreier. Honorary pallbearers are her granddaughters, Krista Harris, Jamie Dreier, Charlie Carmody, Adrian Dreier, Abbey Dreier, Ashly Wagner, and Sarah Casteneda.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church of Meyersville or C.A.M.A.L. House.
You may sign the guest book or send condolences at www.freundfuneralhome.com.
Freund Funeral Home, 361-275-2343.