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Marlene Ann Haivala

Marlene Ann Haivala
Marlene Ann Haivala
- June 10, 2017

Marlene Ann Haivala, 77, Piedmont, died Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Hospice House in
Rapid City.

Prayer services will be Monday, June 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

A memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Grace United Methodist Church in Piedmont.  Inurnment will follow at the Piedmont Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the local ALS Foundation.

Marlene Ann "Molly" Haivala born on October 31, 1939 to Nick and Addeline Mackey at Buffalo, SD.  She attended Lone Mountain and Buffalo elementary schools and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1958.  She married Leonard (Lenny) Haivala on August 10, 1958 and they were married 49 years when Lenny passed away in 2007.

Marlene and Lenny had two sons, Bret and Bart.  In their younger years, they traveled with a road construction crew and lived in a mobile trailer until the kids started school.  They lived in Buffalo until the boys graduated high school.  Marlene worked at the Western Café and was a secretary at the school. They moved to Dickenson, ND, where she worked as a bank teller.  In 1983, they moved to Rapid City, SD, where she worked as a bookkeeper for Trimac Trucking until she retired.  In 1985 they purchased their ranch in Piedmont, SD where they ran cattle.

Marlene loved her grandkids and you could find her at nearly all of their activities, whether it was school or extracurricular activities.  Her other loves were her flower gardens during the summer and her Christmas lights in the winter. 

Survivors include two sons, Bret Haivala, Piedmont, SD, and Bart (Beth) Haivala, Black Hawk, SD; two grandchildren, Heidi and Nickolas Haivala, Black Hawk, SD; one sister, Suzy (Don) Ostenson, Custer, SD; two brothers, Nick (Shirley) Mackey, Buffalo, SD, and Bob (Betsy) Mackey, Belle Fourche, SD; special friend, Carol Haivala, Rapid City, SD; plus numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lenny and her parents.

A memorial has been established for the local ALS Foundation.



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