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Dena Marie Houston, 48, Kasson

Dena Marie Houston, age 48, of Kasson passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, with her husband and father by her side following a brief bout with cancer.

Dena was born Aug. 19, 1967, in Rochester, Minnesota.  She lived in Byron before moving to Mantorville when she was 12 years old.  She moved to Kasson with Mark Houston in 1986.  They had two children, Alex and Samantha.  They were married June 25, 1994.

Dena was an active member of the Kasson community.  She was the president of her local TOPS chapter, a Sunday School teacher and along with Mark, promoted Crashmasters Demolition Derbies.  Dena spent several years working at KJ’s Café in Byron, followed by several years working at two day care centers due to her love of children.  Most recently, she was employed by Erdman’s County Market, where her smile brightened everyone’s day.  Dena and Mark were BWCA enthusiasts and had just come back from an adventure there a week before she became ill.

Survivors include her husband Mark; one son, Alex Houston of Pine Island; one daughter, Samantha Houston of Kasson; her father, Bob Liedtke of Buffalo City, Wisconsin; one brother Gary (Rebecca) Liedtke of Owatonna; two sisters, Dawn (Stacy Lapoint) Liedtke of Coon Rapids and Kris Liedtke of Rochester; two nieces and four nephews.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Joanne Liedtke.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kasson. Pastor Randy Fett officiated.  

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to them.

Dibble Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Kasson, was in charge of arrangements.   Online condolences may be shared at   


Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944


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