Marion Louise (Bringle) Degelau
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Funeral services for Marion Louise (Bringle) Degelau, 81, of Sioux Falls, S.D., were 11 a.m. Thursday, April 6, 2011, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.
She died peacefully in Sioux Falls on April 3, 2011, of sudden cerebral hemorrhage, surrounded by her husband and children.
Marion was born Dec. 23, 1929, to Arthur and Lois (Fleck) Bringle on their Dickinson County farm. When she was three years old, the family moved to Estherville. At the age of 4, Marion enrolled in kindergarten, where she was a happy child with her book friends. She graduated from Estherville High School and Estherville Community College. Marion was active in her church by the age of 15 years. She was the first church secretary for Estherville Lutheran Church, transcribing the pastor’s sermon in shorthand. She was active in the Youth League, serving as president.
Marion dedicated her life to the faithful service of Jesus Christ in every community she lived in. After graduating from Augustana College in 1951 she served as a missionary to Japan from 1952 to 1955 where she learned Japanese, taught English and Bible classes, and climbed Mount Fuji. On her return to the United States she was a parish worker at the American Lutheran Church of Windom. At that time, parish workers were in charge of many support functions in the church, a role Marion would reprise after she met John, her beloved partner of 56 years, over a piece of toast and hot chocolate.
Marion supported John through his theological education at Luther Seminary by working for the American Lutheran Church headquarters in Minneapolis. She was recognized for her role as a lay leader as well as pastor’s spouse at Lutheran parishes in Wolverton, Ulen and Hibbing, Minn.
She led numerous circles, Bible studies and church women’s groups at each of these parishes and was a part-time business instructor at Hibbing Community College. Marion was acclaimed for her groundbreaking work founding and conducting the Ecclesia liturgical dance choir at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hibbing.
In retirement in Sioux Falls, Marion was active at Gloria Dei Lutheran. She was proud of her food ministry, becoming a master provider of baked goods and a light of relentless love to her 11 grandchildren.
Marion refused to let the burden of chronic respiratory failure dim her optimism, intelligence and dedication to her family and Christ. She was a proud graduate of Sanford Hospice in December 2010, outliving her expected prognosis.
Marion truly walked in the light of the Lord, celebrating the joy of life until her last hour.
She is survived by her husband, John Degelau, Sioux Falls, S.D.; sister, Arlene Youngstrom, Estherville; children, John (Rhonda) Degelau, Minneapolis, Eric (Renee) Degelau, Lodi, Wis., Stephen (Joleen) Degelau, Eagan, Minn. and Jan (Glen) Chase, Carlsbad by the Sea, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, Jessica, Ashley, Stephanie, Heather, Lauren, Zachary, Courtney, Alec, Brooke, John David and Joe; and four great-grandchildren, Lauren, Halle, Ashton and Alana.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Gloria Dei Organ Fund or Building Fund are suggested. On-line condolences may be sent to www.heritagesfsd.com.