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Marianne Dreier, 82, of Coon Rapids

Marianne Marlene “Mama” (Lutz) Dreier

Marianne Marlene “Mama” (Lutz) Dreier, 82, of Coon Rapids and formerly of Glencoe, passed away peacefully with God and her family on Sunday, Jan. 12, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 16, 11 p.m., at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, with interment following at the church cemetery.
Pastor Peter Adelsen was the officiating clergy.
Yvonne Schuette was the organist and special music, “Biscaya,” was performed.
“I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” “Amazing Grace,” “Behold a Host Arrayed in White” and “Silent Night” were the congregational hymns.
Patty Longhenry, Marlene Engelke, Gladys Tonn, Dr. Amanda Loecken, Regina Tjetien, Anita Hoppe, Angelika Pawlowski, Gunter Lutz, Wolfgang Lutz, Heike Lutz, Angela Eden, Anne-Marie Lutz, Helge Lutz, Marlene Lutz were honorary casket-bearers.
Dennis Wolter, Scott Wingate, Earl Lieske, Doris Lieske, Dick Goebel and Steve Burke were casket-bearers.
Marianne Marlene “Mama” (Lutz) Dreier was born April 10th, 1937, in the city of Pillau, East Prussia, Germany. She was the wonderful daughter of Gustav and Johanna (Perplies) Lutz. Marianne was baptized in Pillau, East Prussia, and was confirmed later in Elsheim, Germany in 1951. Marianne’s story of determination to live and never give up started as a child. She and her family were separated by war. Her father, Gustav, was drafted into the German Army leaving behind her mother, Johanna and four small children, Gunther, Marianne, Juergen and Winifred. Marianne’s first few memories of childhood were spending time with her brothers and her mother in their home in Pillau. As the war in Germany progressed, Pillau was continually bombed by Allied bombers. Marianne could recall hearing air-raid sirens and running to the bunkers at night, and many times not making it to the bunker. Marianne could remember German SS soldiers in long black jackets knocking on the door to their home as the SS searched their house. This was German protocol for them to search homes. As Germany was soon to be overrun with the Russian Army, Marianne’s mother decided it was time to flee East Prussia. Marianne and her family were told by the White Russians the Russian Army was nearing Pillau. They were told if the Russian Army captured young women and children, they would be taken to Siberia and never heard from again. The Russians were known to rape the women as they moved westward through Germany. Marianne’s mother was told to dress like an old woman as they did not rape old women.
On April 22, 1945, Marianne, her mother and her three brothers fled Pillau. Marianne was 8 years old. She and her family escaped south about 10 miles to her grandmother’s home. It was necessary to go by foot to the coast of the peninsula. Ten miles is a long span for a mother and four small children. Marianne stated they were bombed no less than 10 times as they made their way along the road. The road was littered with dead and injured bodies and horses. Many of them had been hit by phosphorus bombs at night and were critically burned. Imagine the emotions of a small child as she stepped over and around the dead and injured.
Finally reaching the shores of the Baltic Sea, Marianne said there was a lot of panic and the family managed to get on a troop transport ship, one of the last to leave East Prussia and head to Denmark. The ship had a shortage of food and conditions were bad. Lice, bedbugs, sick children and disease made the cramped, unsanitary four-day journey to Denmark unreal. Eventually, they landed in Copenhagen May 1, 1945. The entire family was then moved north to Aalborg, Denmark where they were put in a prison refugee camp.
For the next three years they were prisoners. Conditions at the camp were awful, as lice and bedbugs were in the straw beds Marianne and her family slept on. The camp was continually fumigated. Marianne could recall having to have kerosene doused on her head to kill the lice. Food was scarce in the camp. Marianne and her family ate horsemeat and small rations of bread. Many prisoners in the camp, including Marianne and her family, were given inoculations. They were never told what the inoculations were for, but it was possible much of it was given for experimentation. Marianne said nobody was allowed to leave the barb-wired encircled camp and those who tried to escape at night were shot. Marianne recalls seeing the dead bodies in the morning.
Throughout all of this turmoil, Marianne recalls her mother telling her children to never give up and believe in yourself. Her mother told her children, God is not done with us yet; God is not ready for us and God has better things for us. While Marianne and her family were in Denmark, her father, Gustav, searched those three years with the help of the International and German Red Cross to find his family. They were reunited in 1948 at the camp. In 1948, the family went back to Germany in what was then the British sector. Back together again, the family continued to move to better homes within Germany over the years. Marianne resided in Hammel, Elsheim, Ingelheim and finally to Budenheim south of Frankfurt. Marianne worked at the Kupferburg Champagne factory in Mainz, Germany for many years. She loved the area around Mainz and Budenheim. She was a teenager at this time and recalled spending time at school and with her friends and family and going out dancing and having fun. Marianne said her parents could not see their children grow up in post-war Germany. They all decided as a family to immigrate to the United States.
In 1954, they started the process to leave Germany. The World Relief Foundation, Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, the families of Eldred Miller, Ray Plath and Virgil Goebel in Hutchinson sponsored Marianne and her family to come to the United States. Marianne, her parents, her brothers, Juergen and Winifred were cleared to leave Germany and left Bremerhaven, Germany Oct. 14, 1956. Her older brother, Gunther Lutz, stayed in Germany. Marianne and her family sailed on the United States General Harry Taylor naval ship from Germany to the United States. They arrived in New York harbor Oct. 24, 1956. Marianne was 19 when she arrived in the United States. She and her family were issued green cards as they passed through Grand Central Station in 1956. The train ride from New York to Minneapolis took two days.
Upon arriving in Minneapolis, Virgil and Delores Goebel of Hutchinson, met the family. The family arrived in Hutchinson, and resided in this home together. Marianne spent a year in Hutchinson working at Hutch Café and for the Goebel Fixture Company. Marianne taught herself English by listening to the radio and watching television. She recalled how hard it was to successfully learn English but was determined to learn English.
In 1957, she met Raymond Dreier. Rev. Martin Kirsch married them at Peace Lutheran Church Nov. 3, 1957. Marianne and Raymond moved to Glencoe, and were blessed with three children, Bernhard, Ursula and Tamarra. Marianne worked at 3M in Hutchinson, Hutchinson Technology, StrutWare and Coborn’s in Glencoe. Marianne moved to Coon Rapids to live with her daughter in 2017.
Marianne loved to cook many German meals for her family and was well known for her German red cabbage dish, rouladen, and königsberger klopse. She loved to garden and every summer she planted flowers outside her home in Glencoe and Coon Rapids. Marianne made every house she lived in a home to include her last home in Coon Rapids. Her German curtains she was so proud of hung in every room of her homes. Marianne loved to talk about her life in Germany and travel back to Germany many times, just recently in 2018. She talked with her cousins and family in Germany at least weekly via phone. Her thick German accent made her so unique. Marianne had an impact on so many people within her life and community in Hutchinson, Glencoe and Coon Rapids. She could talk to anyone and was so compassionate of others. She always thought of other people first and put herself last.
Marianne loved cats and in fact her children used to tease her that there was a vacancy sign outside each home she resided at, as stray cats always found a way to Marianne. They and many others noticed her dedication to her family, and particularly her children. She loved to spend time with her family. She was an angel that truly gave her time to everyone she met. She listened to others and offered so much wonderful advice. Christmas was Marianne’s favorite time of year and she loved to decorate her home, putting up her Christmas tree and all of her beautiful German ornaments.
Marianne’s’ determination to live and never give up was so profound in her life and even in her last weeks of her life. She would always tell people God is not ready for me yet, I still have something to do on this Earth. She was inspiration to so many as she never gave up and believed in herself to keep going. Everyone she came in contact with could feel Marianne’s spirit and love of laughter. Many people were drawn to her. Marianne loved to hug people and hugged them with compassion and care. Marianne’s hugs came from her heart.
Marianne used to say she was an ordinary person. No Mama, you were an extraordinary person.
Marianne passed away peacefully in the early morning hours Sunday Jan. 12, at Mercy Hospital. Her true last gift of love and determination to live was passed onto a special family member.
God finally was ready for Marianne.
Marianne is survived by three children, Bernhard Dreier of Hutchinson, Ursula Wingate and her significant other, Curt Templin, of Glencoe and Tamarra Dreier of Coon Rapids; grandchildren, Scott Wingate of Glencoe, and Ashley Teubert of Glencoe; great-grandchildren Prescott Wingate and Leena Wingate; brother Winifred Lutz and his wife Barb Lutz of Janesville, sisters-in-law, Marlene Lutz of Cloquet, Anne Marie Lutz of Wittmund, Germany, Bernice Wolter of Glencoe; many nieces, nephews cousins here in the United States and in Germany to include 2 nieces and one nephew in Germany, other relatives and so many friends.
Her four cats, Zorro, Otis, Missy and Andy, will miss Marianne.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gustav and Johanna Lutz, brothers Juergen Lutz and Gunther Lutz, and the father of her children Raymond Dreier.
The Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe handled the arrangements. Its website is www.mcbride
chapel.com where online obituaries and a guestbook are available.