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Mary Kay Palen, 56, Minot, formerly of Mandan, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly March 21, 2019, at Trinity Hospital in Minot after a brief illness with influenza.

A memorial service was held March 27, at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

Mary was born Jan. 24, 1963, in Mandan, to George H. Rennich Sr. and Kathleen (Berger) Rennich. She graduated from Mandan High School in 1981, then attended hairstyling school.

She married Dion Palen, of Mandan, June 3, 1986. Dion served in the military and the couple lived in Germany and Colorado before moving back to North Dakota and residing in Sawyer and Minot. Mary worked at Minot Air Force Base and for a company in Minot providing services and assistance to individuals with special needs. She and Dion also ran a business selling bait and tackle.

Mary had a wonderful spirit, a great sense of humor, and loved animals. She will be sorely missed by all her loved ones.

Mary was preceded in death by her father, George Rennich; her stepfather, Harland Lanz; and a nephew, Jacob Rennich.

She is survived by her husband, Dion, Minot; her mother, Kathleen Lanz; sister, Lynn (Kenneth) Weiand and brother, George (Linda) Rennich, both of Mandan; her brothers, David (Mary) Rennich and John Rennich, both of Bismarck; parents-in-law, Larry and Karen Palen, Bismarck; sister-in-law, Wendy (Robert) Bohrer, Center; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces.

Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may visit www.thompsonlarson.com.

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