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Marsha Lynn Heimgartner

January 1, 1945 — December 21, 2019


A scholarship fund, started in memory of Marsha Heimgartner. Marsha taught in the Spencer community schools for 20 years, having also taught previously at other locations including West Point. In lieu of flowers, we would like this fund in honor of her life as an educator and benefit a Spencer High School Senior pursuing higher education. 100% of this fund will be donated to the scholarship.  Donations can also be made by going online to

   Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Ken (Sam) Heimgartner.  While Alzheimer's took Sam from us too early, his memory will live on in those of us he helped, coached, mentored, trained and loved.  Donations can also be made online

Marsha Lynn Heimgartner


Marsha was born to Dallas and Leota Madland in Canton, SD on January 1, 1945.


Her childhood years were spent in Inwood, IA and she attended West Lyon Schools for Elementary and High School.  After graduation in 1963, she attended Westmar College.


Marsha also met her husband Ken (Sam) at Westmar College and they were married August 27, 1966.  To this union, one daughter was born.

She graduated from Westmar College and obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education.  She taught in the elementary grades for the first 17 years of her career in LeMars, IA; Underwood, IA; and Westpoint Military Academy.  Marsha continued in education in Spencer, IA for the next 20 years with the reading program, teaching children to read. 


After retirement in 2004, she and her husband enjoyed spending time at garage sales and auctions.  Marsha enjoyed quite a few types of collectables, including silhouette pictures, cookie jars, costume jewelry, and a variety of antiques.  Marsha also spent a great deal of time with family and friends and the community.


She was a member of First English Lutheran Church where she served in many different capacities.


Marsha passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, Iowa on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at the age of 74.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles.


Left to cherish her memory is her husband Ken of 53 years; daughter, Jill (Mike) Shuman, Chicago, IL; sister Roberta Madland, Waterloo, IA; brothers Brian (Lois) Madland, Cheyenne, WY and John (Beth) Madland, Central City, IA; many nephews, nieces, other relatives and countless friends.

Shared Memorial Services will be held 10:00 A.M., Saturday, December 28, 2019 at the First English Lutheran Church in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Kaldahl

All of Their Many Friends.
Visitation will begin 5:00 P.M., Friday, December 27th with the family present from 5 to 7:-00 P.M., Friday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"Great Is The Lord"
"Peace Be Yours"
"Go Out As People of God"
By the First English Lutheran Church Praise Team

Kristin Kaldahl
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa
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