Former West Coast resident and Delano High School senior, Marleena Anna Dieterich, age 18, tragically died Saturday, March 2, 2019, in an automobile collision on Highway 12 near her home in Delano.
She was born Jan. 9, 2001, in Seattle, WA, at the Swedish Medical Center.
Marleena moved to Delano in 2009.
She was an avid swimmer, received her black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2014, represented Minnesota multiple times at the global level in Destination Imagination, and served as captain of the Delano cheer team.
Performing arts were part of her soul. Marleena loved to sing, play the piano, guitar, and french horn, and she pursued dancing as often as she could.
She longed to experience world cultures. Marleena’s travels included Japan and Spain, and she had plans to travel to Europe, China, and Africa after high school. When she couldn’t travel, she continued to experience different cultures by hosting exchange students from Spain and Germany.
It was Marleena’s goal to become a polyglot, and she was studying Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese.
She was determined to pursue a bioscience degree at the University of East Anglia, because she felt a deep need to help the living conquer suffering. Marleena’s desire to help those in need motivated her to become an organ donor, and her beneficence is still felt by the people who received her gifts of life.
Marleena’s life was cut short, but those who were touched by her understand the quality of existence far exceeds the length of time in which one lives. Her determination, steadfast loyalty, and grit was only matched by her charity, lightheartedness, and genuine beauty.
A memorial service took place Saturday, March 9 at noon at Bradshaw Celebration of Life Center in Stillwater, with visitation from 10 a.m. to noon, preceding the service.
A memorial donation may be made to the World Wildlife Fund (https://www.worldwildlife.org/) in Marleena’s name.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
- Maya Angelou