Iola M. Marx -- Wabasha

WABASHA -- A funeral Mass for Iola M. Marx will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Felix Catholic Church in Wabasha, with the Rev. Donald Lovas officiating. Burial will be in St. Felix Cemetery.

Mrs. Marx, 83, of Wabasha, a homemaker and retired cook, died Sunday (Feb. 29, 2004) at her home as the result of a stroke suffered earlier in the month.

Iola M. Vogt was born Dec. 31, 1920, in Wolf Point, Mont. She moved to rural Kellogg as a young girl and graduated from Kellogg High School. On July 16, 1942, she married Paul W. Marx in Chico, Calif., where he was stationed during World War II. She lived with her family for two years while her husband was in the service. After his discharge, they farmed with his brother in Pepin Township, Wabasha County, and in 1969 moved to Wabasha. She was a cook at the Idle Hour Restaurant in Wabasha and later at Wabasha-Kellogg School until her retirement in 1982. Her husband died May 26, 2003. Mrs. Marx was a member of St. Felix Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women, the Catholic Order of Women Foresters, the Wabasha American Legion Auxiliary, and was a member and past president of the Wabasha VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing cards, fishing, baking and watching sports, especially the Twins and Vikings.

Survivors include four daughters, Nancy (Bob) Vaplon of Wabasha, Joan (Glen) Wegner of Faribault, Janet (Tony) Dvorak of Waterloo, Iowa, and Jane (Jim) Hoefs of Greeley, Colo.; a son, Bill (LaDonna) of Holdenville, Okla.; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Walter (Marie) Vogt of Rochester and Art (Maxine) Vogt of Kellogg; and two sisters, Helen (Robert) McKinney of La Crosse, Wis., and Carol Dauer of Sonora, Calif. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, a brother and a sister.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha and an hour before the service Thursday at the church. There will be a Council of Catholic Women and Women Foresters rosary service at 4:30 p.m., a VFW Auxiliary memorial service at 6:45 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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