Marlene Beranek

Marlene Jean Beranek, 86, of Fargo, ND, died July 21, 2020 at Eventide Fargo.

Due to COVID-19 a service will not be held at this time.

Burial will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD.

Marlene Jean Brown was born February 23, 1934 in Aldrich to Ira and Theresa (Degner) Brown. She grew up and attended school in Staples graduating in 1952. Following high school graduation, Marlene moved to Minneapolis and worked for General Electric, Sears Roebuck and Miller Publishing.

She married Richard E. Beranek on May 13, 1967 in Staples. They lived in Langdon, ND, Aberdeen, SD and Devils Lakes, ND where she worked as secretary for the Ramsey County Sheriff for seven years before moving to Fargo in 1977. Marlene worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota for 18 years before retiring in 1995. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Fargo and a member of the church choir when they lived in Devils Lake.

Marlene enjoyed cooking, baking, especially making cookies, reading and taking bus trips throughout the United States with her husband. They enjoyed Bison athletics and American Legion baseball.

Marlene is survived by two sisters, Elaine Brown, Richfield and Jana Brown, Bloomington.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; parents; and an infant brother.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Diabetes Association, First Presbyterian Church, Fargo; or Eventide Fargo.

Condolences for Marlene’s family may be sent to Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, 215 7th St. S., Fargo, ND 58103. Memories and condolences may be shared at

Arrangements by Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home - Fargo.

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