Mardelle A. (Burmaster) Staven, 86, of Spring Grove died on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse, Wis.

On Sept. 13, 1926, a beautiful baby girl was born to Martin and Annetta (Nettie) Burmaster. They named her Mardelle Alvina. She was raised in Beaver Ridge and Black Hammer.

Mardelle and Herbert were first introduced in a local 4-H performance. In this play, a couple had two children, a boy and a girl. Having been cast as husband and wife, Herbert and Mardelle had little idea that a play was but a script to the rest of their life.

This blossomed into a loving marriage lasting over 68 years (they were married on June 4, 1944). To this union, two children were born - a son, Marshal, and a daughter, Nancy.

From a young age, Mardelle was deeply involved in her faith. Having been baptized and confirmed Mardelle would continue to further her involvement in the church by becoming a Sunday school teacher.

Her beliefs served as a foundation for her strength. Strength to see her husband go off to war, the strength to battle the ongoing pain of rheumatoid arthritis, and the strength to instill hope, faith and love into her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mardelle was a homemaker and was always engaged in activities such as canning, baking, and gardening. Anyone having been in the presence of her home can attest to the ever-lingering scent of fresh baked cookies and cinnamon rolls ready for her children when they got home from school.

Mardelle could often be seen feeding calves, carrying milk buckets and washing out milkers. No task too large nor too small was beyond grasp in an effort to help her husband, Herbert, with farming responsibilities. Her dairy farm affiliation earned her the esteemed title of "Grandma Moo".

In her free time, Mardelle would also utilize her writing talents -putting stories, ideas, and life events onto paper for others to read and enjoy. She also enjoyed playing cards; her favorite game was "golf". She also liked listening to music and loved her doll collection.

Survivors include her husband, Herbert, and their two children, Marshal (Shirley) and Nancy (Gary) Bratland.

She is further survived by two grandchildren, Heather and Jason (Alicia) Bratland; great-grandchildren, Chase, Cale and Keira Bratland; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Myron (Deloris) Burmaster; a sister, Norma (Harold) Rollie; a sister-in-law, Irene (Gilman) Treangen; and brothers-in-law, Cornelius Staven and Obert (Ardes) Staven.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, at Faith Lutheran Church in Black Hammer, rural Spring Grove. The Rev. Leonard Liptack will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove and one hour prior to services at the church.