Marlene J. Roduner
November 17, 1952 – May 11, 2022
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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.