Thursday, July 2, 2020

Marge Deml, 99, Owatonna

Marge J. Deml, age 99, of Owatonna, passed away Nov. 28, 2019.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Litomysl. Friends may greet the family on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. at the Brick–Meger Funeral Home, 1603 Austin Road, Owatonna. A Parish Rosary will begin at 3:45 p.m. at the funeral home. The visitation will continue one hour before the funeral mass on Thursday. 

Margaret Justine Pelinka, the daughter of Hubert and Clara (Pirkl) Pelinka, was born May 29, 1920 in Owatonna. Marge attended Owatonna High School and was a member of the graduating class of 1937. Marge worked at Federated Insurance following graduation.

On June 2, 1942, she was united in marriage to George Deml at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Owatonna. The couple made their home on a farm 10 miles south of Owatonna. Marge was a homemaker and farmed alongside her husband George and together the couple raised one son, Daniel. The couple farmed for 40 years.  

Marge also had a 30-year career preparing income taxes in the Hope and Ellendale area. Marge was a member of the Somerset Extension Club, St. Mary’s Guild and a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. In retirement, she remained very active with her friends and card club. She enjoyed her grandsons and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Daniel (Vickie) Deml of Owatonna. Her grandsons Matt (Melissa) Deml of Owatonna and Scott Deml of Jerome, Idaho and great-grandchildren Jacob and Brooklynn Deml.  

Marge was preceded in death by her husband George, brothers Emil and Alfred Pelinka, sisters Marie Fruendt, Harriet Bestler and Ann Voss. For more information or to leave a condolence message go to


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