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Mariann Clara Harnack

March 13, 1926 — May 26, 2019

Mariann Clara Harnack,93 years old, of Remsen, IA, died Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society in LeMars, IA.          

Memorial service will be at 7p.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.  Burial will be at a later date in the Remsen Community Cemetery.   Visitation with family present will be from 5-7 p.m. before the service on Wednesday, at the funeral home.  Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.             

Mariann was born March 13, 1926, on the family farm north of Remsen, IA, the daughter of John & Clara (Raveling) Schmidt.  She attended country school for the first 6 years, then attended Remsen Public School graduating High School in 1944.  Mariann worked at the Remsen Depot for Illinois Central Railroad for 4 years.  She also worked with her mother doing custom drapery work in the area.         

On April 21, 1948 she married Vance Allison Harnack at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.  The couple made their home on the family farm, which was known as Al-Van Acres specializing in Registered Angus Cattle.  Vance passed away Sept. 13, 2014, shortly after Mariann moved into Bavarian Meadows Assisted Living in Remsen.  In July 2018 she moved to Good Samaritan Society in LeMars.         

Mariann was a Jehovah's Witness for 44 years.  Mariann and Vance worked on many building projects of Kingdom Halls in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Missouri, making many wonderful friendships. The couple also enjoyed traveling, spending winter trips in Arizona, and traveling on bank sponsored bus trips, along with several trips to New York.          

Survivors include; her daughter, Karen Harnack; son, Alan (Melissa) Harnack all of Remsen; son-in-law, W. Shawn Skatges of Sioux City, IA; grandchildren, Aaron J. (Martha) Skatges of Sergeant Bluff, IA, Krista (Wyatt) Lara of Louisville, NE, Reece Harnack and Peyton (Jordan) Dee, both of Remsen; great-granddaughters, Alyssa, Felisa, Kelsi and Kaitlyn Skatges all of Sergeant Bluff, IA, Blakely Dee of Remsen; great-grandsons, Ronin and Lane Lara of Lewisville, NE.         

Preceded by: her parents, her daughter, LuAnn C. Skatges, grandson, Chase Harnack, brothers, Richard and Ervin Schmidt, father and mother-in-law, Allison & Clara Harnack.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

5:00 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Fisch Funeral Home & Monuments

310 Fulton St, Remsen, IA 51050

Visitation with family present will be from 5-7 p.m. before the service on Wednesday, at the funeral home.

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