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Marlene Carmichael

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Marlene Carmichael

Spearfish, SD

Marlene Carmichael, 79 of Spearfish, passed away on March 10, 2014 at the Belle Fourche Healthcare Center in Belle Fourche.

Marlene was born on June 11, 1934 to Gustav and Florence (Reiter) Muenzenmay in Rolfe IA. She was raised near Pocahontas, IA and attended Iowa State University. She then moved to Chicago, IL and worked for Eastern Airlines from 1953 - 1955.

In 1955, Marlene married A. Charles "Chuck" Carmichael of Pocahontas IA, and the couple moved to Kansas City, KS. She served as the Vice Chairman of the Women's Division of the United Way, Vice President of the PTA, District Chairperson of the March of Dimes, Chapter Vice President of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and Chairperson of the Church Circle. Marlene was also active in many other community organizations. She loved being involved and socializing with others was a must. She always had time to share stories and was truly interested with everyone around her. Her smile and laugh were truly contagious.

Marlene and Chuck moved to Topeka, KS in 1968, and then to Norwalk, IA in 1971. While in the Des Moines she was active in the State Historical Society and political campaigning. She worked for the State of Iowa in the Department of Transportation and Department of Revenue for 17 years. Moved to Spearfish in 2009.

Her proudest moments in her life were marrying Chuck, the birth of her son Brian and having two granddaughters. She enjoyed antiques and loved to share stories of her finds, trying out new recipes, entertaining, and interior decorating.

Marlene is survived by her son, Brian of Spearfish; granddaughters, Katherine and Maggie, of South Dakota; her daughter-in-law, Ann Carmichael; a brother, Paul (Mary Ann) Muenzenmay of Des Moines, IA; brother-in-law William (Judy) Carmichael and a host of great friends . She was preceded in death by Chuck after 57 years of marriage.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spearfish with burial following at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels & Crematory Service. Online condolences may be written at

Published in Des Moines Register on Mar. 16, 2014
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