Marlene J. Roduner

Marlene J. Roduner

November 17, 1952 – May 11, 2022

VISITATION: Wednesday, May 18th from 5pm to 7pm at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 15353 Pacific, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, May 19th at 11am, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.  Interment: Thursday, 4pm at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rock Valley, IA.  Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or American Cancer Society.

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Marlene Jane Roduner, loving wife, mother, and grandmother passed away at the age of 69 on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Marlene was born on November 17, 1952 in Hawarden, Iowa to Peter and Mina DeSmet. She grew up on a farm outside of Rock Valley, Iowa, where she developed a love for animals, farming, and gardening. Marlene graduated from Rock Valley Community High School in 1971.  In 1975, Marlene received a degree in elementary education from Northwestern College. After teaching for 42 years, Marlene retired from St. Stephen the Martyr in 2019.

On August 21, 1976, Marlene married the love of her life, Lloyd Roduner, at Nathanial Lutheran Church in Alcester, South Dakota. On November 14, 1991, Lloyd and Marlene welcomed their beloved daughter, Kristen, to the world in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Marlene’s pride and joy was her grandson, Wyatt, who was born to Kristen and her husband Matt Wesemann on August 18, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Marlene had a passion for gardening, organizing, exercising, and shopping. She also loved to travel with Kristen every summer to various places throughout the United States. Their favorite vacation spot was Mackinac Island, Michigan, where they visited nearly every summer for five years. With an infectious smile and a contagious laugh, Marlene often spoke about their vacations to everyone, encouraging them to visit the beautiful island.

Marlene was known for her unfailing kindness and compassionate spirit. She always had a smile to share and a story to tell. Marlene loved children and encouraged them to read, especially the Little House on the Prairie series or anything related to animals. She spent many hours choosing the perfect books to share with Wyatt. She also loved taking walks with her Siberian husky, Mischa, on the trail near their home. She and Mischa spent many hours exploring and enjoying the sunshine outdoors.

Marlene was preceded in death by her mother Mina and her father Peter. She is survived by her husband Lloyd, their daughter Kristen and her husband Matt, along with grandson Wyatt, several cousins, nieces, and nephews.



  • Wanda Wynia Posted May 15, 2022 9:59 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers go with you Lloyd, Kristen, Matt & Wyatt! Marlene was one of my best friends & a classmate in high school in Rock Valley. I will miss her! Love & peace goes with all of you in the coming days!

  • Cynthia Higer Posted May 16, 2022 6:03 am

    Dear Kristen and family, Word are insufficient to express my sadness and shock when I heard that Marlene had passed away this past week. I met your sweet mother when we taught together at SSM. She was a lovely person with an even more lovely soul. After I left SSM I lost touch with Marlene except what she posted via facebook. I’m sorry that I won’t be able to attend any of her services (I will be staying at a hospital with my oldest brother who’s having serious health issues).
    Your mom was a wonderful person and a terrific teacher. Her smile and laughter are helping make heaven brighter. May she test in peace and the perpetual light of God shine upon her. My deepest sympathy, Cynthia Higer

  • Ellie Crow Posted May 16, 2022 6:23 am

    I knew Marlene in High School and saw her when she’d visit Lloyd at ISU. We continued as friends on FB throughout the years. She has a kind and gentle spirit…. ALWAYS with excitement for life and ALWAYS with a smile and a kind word. She is an example of a life well lived. This world needs more Marlenes ….we lost an angel when Marlene passed.. May memories of times shared bring comfort to you , Kristen and Lloyd.

  • Judy Koester (Ruter) Posted May 16, 2022 6:36 am

    May the comfort and peace of our Father in Heaven be with each one of you in such a great time of loss.

  • Connie S Gibson Posted May 16, 2022 7:12 am

    Marlene was always the professional educator who loved her vocation. Always a smile on her face and kind words for everyone., she was a pleasure to be around.
    Prayers of comfort for your family. May she rest in perfect peace 💐

  • Judy Finch Posted May 16, 2022 7:35 am

    What a wonderful person your mother and wife Marlene must have been. I will be sure to go to Mackinaw Island and enjoy it under her recommendation. To her family you have my deepest sympathy. Death of a loved one is hard. Take care. Judy Finch

  • Cathy Nottingham Posted May 16, 2022 10:36 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Marlene was a kind person. God bless

  • Linda (Sikkema) Popkes Posted May 16, 2022 11:39 am

    We went to Northwestern College in Orange City, Ia … good friend and companion…. I was an elementary teacher a few years also. We met a few times over the years with another elementary teacher. We went to different places but occasionally the three of us got together. Wilmar Zeilstra was also a student at NWC and is still a teacher in Rock Valley. Looking forward to being together in heaven someday

  • Mike Hall Posted May 16, 2022 12:41 pm

    Sending love and prayers to the family during this hard time.

  • Sharon Brandt Posted May 17, 2022 1:34 pm

    So sad to hear of your loss. Thinking of you in prayer.

  • Dave Kaufman Posted May 18, 2022 9:27 am

    I was so sorry to here of Marlene’s passing. We were High School classmates and enjoyed seeing her at our reunions. She was always friendly and nice to everyone. We pray that the love of God and the comfort of the Holy Spirit will minister to your hearts.
    Dave Kaufman
    Rock Valley Class of 1971

  • CRAIG lOWMAN Posted May 18, 2022 4:37 pm

    I knew her as a grade school teacher, well liked. I was a part time employee and saw her frequently during the week. I was unaware that she was a class mate of my brother-in-law Dave. I was aware that she was friendly and liked dogs, She leaves a legacy in her smile and those that she shared life with.

  • Roseanne Posted May 19, 2022 8:23 pm

    Kristen I’m so sorry to hear about your mother‘s passing. I will be keeping her in my special prayers and masses! She was always respected by me as a great teacher and a lover of children! Very hard worker and so dedicated— somebody I could always count on! May God give you comfort in your time of loss. We pray for her eternal rest and may God’s perpetual light always shine upon her amen.

  • Gloria DeRidder Posted May 19, 2022 8:53 pm

    I appreciated being able to view Marlene’s service this morning on line. I went to high school with Marlene and we were room mates at Northwestern for 3 years. We participated in each other’s weddings and stayed in contact through the years, if only with a Christmas card or via FB. Lloyd & Kristen, I’m so sorry for your great loss and for little Wyatt for the loss of a loving Grandma. Prayers for comfort and hope as you grieve.

  • Gloria DeRidder (Groeneweg) Posted May 20, 2022 9:09 am

    I appreciated being able to view Marlene’s service this morning online. I went to high school with Marlene and we were room mates at Northwestern for 3 years and participated in each other’s weddings. We stayed in touch through the years even if it was just annual Christmas cards or FB. Lloyd and Kristen, I’m so sorry for your great loss and for little Wyatt for the loss of a loving Grandma. Prayers for comfort and hope as you grieve.

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