Mardean Hilda Stein was born on August 10, 1928, on the family farm in Benton County, the daughter of Eldo and Hilda (Jacobs) Stein. She was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Dysart and graduated from Dysart High School in 1946. On September 26, 1946, Mardean married Arthur Hoeppner, they later divorced. Mardean farmed near Keystone before moving to Cedar Rapids where she was the office manage for Co-op Feed Mill on the west side of Cedar Rapids for 26 years. She enjoyed needle work, gardening, and dancing. Mardean died at the age of 87 on Sunday, July 31, 2016, at the Vinton Lutheran Home. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mardean is survived by two daughters, Bonnie (Ken) Hackman of Lampe, Missouri and Becky (Mike) Welsh of Cedar Rapids; two sons, Roger (Susan) Hoeppner of Cedar Rapids and Reed (Shirley) Hoeppner of Marengo; a brother, Elmer (Beverly) Stein of Dysart; thirteen grandchildren; and twenty three great grandchildren.
Burial will be in the Dysart Cemetery.