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July 9, 2020

Mardell H. Elmer

Mardell H. Elmer, age 93 of New Glarus, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at the New Glarus Home. She was born on November 22, 1926, in Belleville, the daughter of Arthur and Hulda (Zwickey) Christen.

Mardell graduated from New Glarus High School and on July 10, 1947, she was united in marriage to Julian R. Elmer at the Swiss United Church of Christ. Mardell worked for many years as a hostess at the New Glarus Hotel. She was also a charter member of the Edelweiss Chalet Country Club.

Mardell is survived by her daughters, Bonnie (Jack) Roberts and Julie (Michael) Bear; grandchildren, Michael (Cindy) Roberts, Nicole (Sal Albanese) Roberts-Velaj, and Sydney, Hannah, and Samantha Bear; great-grandchildren, Jack, Benjamin, and Clara Roberts and Grace and Caroline Velaj. She is further survived by her brothers, Calvin and Palmer Christen; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Julian, on July 24, 2014; and a brother, Norman Christen.

A graveside inurnment service will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Friday, July 10, 2020, at the Swiss Church Cemetery in New Glarus. Pat Pluss will officiate. Please follow current mask and social distancing guidelines.

The Zentner-Beal Funeral Home of New Glarus is assisting the family.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at


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