Mardelle Dahlstedt

Funeral Services for Mardelle A. Dahlstedt will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Holdrege, Nebraska, with Pastor Nora Mendyk officiating. Interment will follow at Industry Cemetery in rural Phelps County, near Atlanta, Nebraska. The family encourages everyone to wear red for her service, as that is Mardelle’s favorite color. 

Due to health concerns, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic; current CDC and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for Faith-Based Services will be followed. The Dahlstedt family sincerely encourages each person to make their decision whether to attend Mardelle’s services based on the best interest of your health, and that of your community. Mardelle’s funeral service will be live-streamed on the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

Mardelle Ann “Mardy” Dahlstedt, 73 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at her home, following a courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer, surrounded by her loving family.  Mardelle was born on June 18, 1947, in Holdrege, the youngest of three children, born to Orville and Twyla (Dodson) Dahlgren.  She was raised in the Atlanta area and attended grade school in Atlanta and then attended Loomis High School in Loomis, Nebraska, graduating with the class of 1965.  

Following her graduation, Mardelle worked at the Hotel Dale, Speakeasy, and then Becton Dickinson in Holdrege. In the mid-seventies, she moved to North Platte, Nebraska and lived there for a few years, where she worked at a day care. Mardelle moved back to Holdrege and continued working for Becton Dickinson. In 2002, Mardelle retired after 33 years.  

After her retirement, she went to work at Bethel’s Tutoring Tots Preschool and then worked at McDonalds, until a few years ago. Mardelle had a love for children; her nieces and nephews were her greatest joy.  

Mardelle loved to travel, including trips to: Alaska, South Dakota, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. One of her favorite places to visit was the mountains of Colorado. As a child, her family went on yearly vacations to Colorado, to see relatives. She carried on this tradition for many years as an adult. 

All that knew Mardelle, know she always had a “Candy Drawer” in her fridge, that everyone helped themselves to.  She was an avid Husker fan; enjoyed game day; and was always wearing RED. Mardelle enjoyed listening to “old country” music especially George Strait. She also loved spending time with her nieces and nephews, and attending their activities. 

She was preceded in death by; her parents; and a brother-in-law, Delbert Ellis.  

Mardelle is survived by: her sister, Carol Ellis of Minden, Nebraska; her brother, Paul Dahlgren and his wife, RaDonna of Holdrege; four nephews: Brian Ellis and his wife, Wendy of Manhattan, Kansas; Tony Ellis and his wife, Tammy of Minden; Chandler Dahlgren of Holdrege; and Cody Dahlgren of Kearney, Nebraska; four nieces: Tracy Gibbs and her husband, Cary of Solomon, Kansas; Rabecca Clark and her husband, Erik of Holdrege; Schreese Breinig and her husband, Colten of Holdrege; and Desiree Dahlgren of Oxford, Nebraska; along with many great nieces and great nephews; and great-great nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

A memorial has been established in Mardelle’s honor, and kindly suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.