Marlene M. Ahlers

Marlene M. Ahlers, age 62, of Yankton, South Dakota, died unexpectedly on Friday, November 19, 2021 at her home.

Memorial services are 2:00 PM, on Monday, November 29, 2021 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Jeff Otterman officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the funeral home.

Marlene was born December 23, 1958 in Yankton, South Dakota to Lloyd and Darlene (Swensen) Kuchta.  She lived on a farm near Mayfield, SD and moved west of Yankton when she was in the first grade.  Marlene graduated from Yankton High School in 1977.  After school, she moved to Sioux Falls, SD where she worked at various jobs.  On September 14, 1985, Marlene married Rick Ahlers.  They were married for around 10 years.  In the early 2010’s, Marlene moved back to Yankton.  She was an independent, strong-willed woman.  She loved riding motorcycles and loved the company of her many cats.

Marlene is survived by her brother, Kenny Kuchta of Yankton; several cousins; and many friends.

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents.

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7 response to "Marlene M. Ahlers"

  1. By: Pat Kiernan Posted: November 23, 2021

    I will miss Marlene. She always was a straight shooter and you knew where you stood. She was always willing to help too. May she rest in peace.
    My sympathy Kenny.
    Pat (Smith) Kiernan

  2. By: Deb Hauger Posted: November 24, 2021

    I was shocked and saddened by this terrible news. My thoughts and prayers to the whole family. I have known Marlene since grade school and she was my friend.

  3. By: Nancy E Auch Posted: November 25, 2021

    Marlene and I met shortly after high school at a job in Yankton. Rented a place together and have been close friends ever since.. we both had so much in common, one being that we both had a loving brother but no sister., So we were sisters
    I will always miss her smile..
    .I did not get my last hug . Will see her someday in heaven

  4. By: Nancy E Auch Posted: November 25, 2021

    Marlene was the best friend one could ever hope for, My heart is broken, I know i will see her someday in Heaven

  5. By: Michele Leibfarth Posted: November 26, 2021

    Marlene’s heart was filled with love! She gave up her life and job in SF to return to her father’s home and take care of her dad 24/7 as I recall for a few years. She cooked and baked, providing every meal, handled all aspects of his medical and comfort care. She did not leave him unless she could ask myself or very few others to look after and care for him while she may have attended to a doctors appointment or other appointment for herself. My respect and admiration for Marlene was immeasurable. RIP Marlene

  6. By: Tim Hovden Posted: November 27, 2021

    Almost 50 short years ago, even before Ivy and Ozark, a friend, Rob Baily, nicknamed her “Smiley”. I am glad to see she never lost that smile!

  7. By: John Conkling Posted: November 29, 2021

    Wow I don’t know what to say. This one’s too close to me. So sorry for your loss. May God give you all peace. Marlene I can’t believe you’re gone. I will definitely miss you. I’m sure glad that I met you again after so many years and that we spent time together. I really enjoyed getting to know your dad also. I thought we had a lot more time to enjoy our friendship. Surprise surprise. I guess you never know. Well Happy Trails until we meet again.

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