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Marlene Ann Stumpf-Johnson was born on April 11, 1952 to Walter and Rosella (Eicher) Stumpf in Buffalo, MN.  She died peacefully on July 22, 2022 following a courageous journey with cancer that was diagnosed in December 2021.  Marlene’s faith was strong and she was blessed by God’s presence in her daily life.

Marlene was a loving, active and social person. She had many friends and always had room in her heart for more. Marlene was six years old when her family moved to Hopkins, Minnesota in 1958. She attended St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and grade school. Later, her family moved to their home on Lake Constance near Buffalo. Marlene graduated from Buffalo High School in 1970 and attended Mankato State University for one year before she transferred to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA degree in Child Psychology in 1974.

Marlene dedicated herself to others through a life of service that spanned more than fifty years. While attending the University of Minnesota, Marlene began working with Catholic Charities and continued serving clients in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Buffalo for more than 35 years.  In 2005, she was called to service in Louisiana to help victims following Hurricane Katrina. Upon her return, Marlene worked as a coordinator of volunteer services for New River Medical Center in Monticello before becoming the Volunteer Coordinator for adult basic education with Osseo Area Schools. She retired from Osseo Area Schools in April 2022.

Marlene cherished her friendships. She often shared stories of her outdoor adventures, travels and picnics by the river with those she held dear. She loved being in nature, listening to the birds and being by the water. In 1983, Marlene married Terry Johnson. They shared a love of the outdoors and spent time together traveling, camping and playing cards until his death in 1995.

Marlene is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Rosella Stumpf, husband Terry Johnson and brother Charles Stumpf. Marlene is survived by her brother LeRoy Stumpf (Carol), sister Kathy Burzinski, sister-in-law Gayle Stumpf, many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Please join us in celebrating the life of our dear sister, aunt and friend on Friday, July 29, 2022 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 300 1st Avenue NW, Buffalo, MN. Visitation is at 10 am with an 11 am service.  Light lunch will be served at Huikkos Bison Creek Event Center, 1207 Highway 25 North, Buffalo, MN immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Wright County Community Action, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or Literacy Minnesota.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Online condolences to the family may be directed to

Friends and family that are unable to join Marlene’s Celebration of Life in person are invited to view the service any time they wish via You Tube:

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Diane Post

    I remember playing with Marlene, when they lived on 4th Ave. in Buffalo. So sorry to hear she has passed.
    Love and hugs to her family.

  2. Marie & Bob Nichols

    We shared many happy times with Marlene, from bowling, playing cards, playing tennis, and travels to ballgames with both Marlene and Terry, and we’ve kept up the relationship for 40plus years. She will be missed.

  3. Jay Weatherford

    Marlene made a difference by investing herself and a tremendous number of hours in Wright County Community Action serving as a WCCA Board member since January 2013 and member and leader of the WCCA Board Planning Committee. Marlene was always willing to struggle and do whatever it took to find solutions to support at-risk families. She is fondly remembered by this past WCCA Executive Director as a blessing to me and her community, as well as a true hero and friend of WCCA and Wright County residents needing help.

  4. Ellie Purdy

    I am so very sorry to learn of Marlene’s passing. I knew Marlene from 2015-2022 through our work with Adult Basic Education. Marlene was a beacon of warmth, joy and goodwill. I will miss her so much. Love, Ellie Purdy (Literacy Minnesota)


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