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Marjorie A. “Marge” Rowe
Marjorie A. “Marge” Rowe

Marjorie A. “Marge” Rowe, age 79 of rural Darlington, WI passed away Sunday, August 8, 2021 at her home in rural Darlington. She was born September 7, 1941 the daughter of Herman and Gladys (Peter) Ziltener. Marge grew up in Brodhead, WI where she graduated from Brodhead High School. After high school, Marge attended business college in Madison.

She was united in marriage to Jerry Rowe on September 12, 1965 in Juda, WI. The two of them met at Turner Hall in Monroe, WI at a dance. They moved to the Rowe Family Farm outside of Wiota. Marge worked at the Monroe Clinic for 2 years until deciding to stay at the farm to raise their family and help with chores. In 2020, Marge and Jerry sold the farm to their son Alan and retired to their home outside of Darlington where they have resided since.

Marge is survived by her husband Jerry at home; her children: Allen (Trisha) Rowe of Darlington, Lynn (Jay) Girotto of Belleview, WA, LeAnn (Randy) Leahy of Darlington, and Jason (April) Rowe of Cuba City, WI; 13 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; one brother: Larry (Marci) Ziltener of Monroe, WI; a niece: Erica Brownell; and two great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Marge was a member of Apple Grove Lutheran Church and Van Matre homemakers. Shel loved to dance, play cards – especially 500, hasenpfeffer, and euchre, and going for Sunday rides. She enjoyed watching plays at the Fireside Theatre and rangering around the farm with her grandchildren. Marge was known by her family to be a great cook and baker – especially pie. She cherished the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren creating memories they will all remember forever.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at Wiota Lutheran Church (6682 St. Rd 78, South Wayne, WI) with Rev. Nick McElrath of First Baptist Church in Darlington officiating. Burial will be in Apple Grove Lutheran Church Cemetery. A visitation will be held Saturday, August 14, 2021 from 9:00 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. at Wiota Lutheran Church. The Erickson Funeral Home in Darlington is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Marge’s name.