October 7, 1923 - January 6, 2016


Marian Lois Kangas age 92, of Princeton, died Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at the Princeton Elim Home. Marian was born on October 7, 1923 to Michael J. and Blanche M. (Heath) Ziebarth. She was born in Sherburne County at the Farm Home of her maternal grandparents, Allen and Lizzie Heath. She has lived in the Princeton area all her life except for four years when her parents moved to Ogilvie, MN.

She attended Country Schools through the eighth grade and then Princeton High School, graduating in 1941. For the school year 1941-42, she was employed as a secretary in Supt. Hugh H. Nixon’s office. In July 1942, she became employed as a bookkeeper/secretary of the Odegard Ford Mercury Auto Dealership. The dealership later became a GM Dealership and was later sold to John Davis for whom she was employed for a short time before retiring. She was employed by the Odegard family for over 60 years.

Marian was united in marriage to Alfred J. Kangas on July 15, 1947. They made their home in the Princeton area all of their married life. Marian was a member of the Princeton United Methodist Church. During her younger years, she was active in the Children’s Sunday School and Bible School Programs and in the Priscilla Circle and the Women’s Society of the church.

Marian was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, husband in 1986, son Greg in 1977, sister and brother in law Viola M. and John L. Nelson and nephew Randy Nelson.

She is survived by a nephew, Roger J. (Marlene) Nelson, great niece Mindy Nelson (Adam) Kehn, three great nephews, Dustin, Adrian and Aron Nelson, special friends Robert and Peggy Orrock and family along with many other friends who were also very special.

A Funeral Service will be held 11AM on Monday, January 11, 2016 at Freshwaters United Methodist Church, River Campus in Princeton. Visitation will be held from 4-7PM on Sunday, January 10, 2016 with a prayer service at 4:30Pm at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton and visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Oak Knoll Cemetery, Princeton.

Memorials are preferred to the Princeton United Methodist Church Renovation Fund or The American Heart Association or donor’s choice.