Mariel Jean (Vreeman) Greenlee

August 6, 1934 ~ November 24, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Mariel Greenlee Obituary

Mariel Jean Greenlee, age 89, died peacefully at home on November 24, 2023 surrounded by her family. She had been ill with Parkinsonism.

Mariel was born in Preston, MN on August 6, 1934, to Leslie and Mae (Apenhorst) Vreeman. She grew up in rural Cherry Grove and graduated from Wykoff High School in 1952. After graduation, Mariel worked 10 years at the First National Bank in Spring Valley.  Mariel married Melvin Greenlee on June 2, 1962, at the Cherry Grove Methodist Church. Following their marriage, they farmed and had a dairy herd. Mariel was an excellent calf feeder paying special attention when one was off their feed and needed additional attention.

Her favorite activity were their trips to Branson, MO to see a variety of musical performers. Some of her favorites were Daniel O’Donnell, Presleys, and the Duttons.

Mariel is survived by her husband, Melvin, brother David (Sandy) Vreeman, brother-in-law Rodney Herrick, sister-in-law Karen (Greenlee) Beagle, brother-in-law Thomas Beagle, nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, nephew Nathan Vreeman, and sister-in-law Lilas Herrick.  

Memorial Service for Mariel will be 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023 at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley, MN.  Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield, and one hour before the service on Wednesday at the church.

The family would like thank St. Croix Hospice for their expert and passionate care. A special thanks to Jenny Hovey.

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November 28, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Riley Funeral Home
800 S Main St
Chatfield, MN 55923

Memorial Service
November 29, 2023

11:00 AM
Faith United Methodist Church
617 Maple Lane Ave
Spring Valley, MN 55975


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