Marlene J. Yaksich
November 9, 1936 – October 2, 2021
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas. She is survived by children: Pam Yaksich, Debbie Schneider (John), Julie Becker, Nick Yaksich (Kelly Jo), and Dan Yaksich (Maribeth); grandchildren: Nicholas, Elijah, Sierra, Joseph, Don, Nick, Matthew, Krista, Kara, Alec, and Averey; great-grandchildren: Eastan, Esther, Knox, Krew, Zion, Saint, Lily, and Jed.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Tuesday, October 5th at 10am at Lutheran Church of the Master-West Campus, 1200 N. 181st Court in Elkhorn (1/2 mile north of 180th & Dodge). Private Interment. Memorials are suggested to Concordia High School Marlene Yaksich Memorial Fund.
Marlene Jane Yaksich, age 84, died October 2, 2021, at Immanuel Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
She was born November 9, 1936, in Ethan, SD, to Henry and Melita Hafner. Marlene graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Music. Marlene married Nick in 1960, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Marlene had three main passions in her life: faith, family, and education. All who had the privilege of knowing Marlene were impacted by her love of Jesus and how she exemplified Christian living in her daily life. No matter the circumstances in life, Marlene’s mantra was that she was always “Blessed”. That faith and her Love of the Lord has inspired so many in their walk with Jesus. She also taught so many the meaning of worship. Her commitment to worship in Spirit and Truth was truly life changing for so many.
Marlene’s entire adult life was in service of other people. She helped to found the first Lutheran High School in the State of Nebraska which inspired the growth of other Lutheran schools throughout the state. She served as teacher and principal at Cross Lutheran and Word Outreach and served as a teacher at several other public and private schools. She was passionate about making Christian Education available to anyone who wanted to attend.
One of her greatest joys was raising her family and seeing her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren succeed in life. Marlene loved getting weekly “updates” on everyone to celebrate their lives. Her legacy truly lives on through the lives of her family.
Preceded in death by husband, Nick; parents; brothers: Edwin, Ray and Hilmer; sisters: Irma, Lenora, Eileen. Marlene is survived by children: Pam, Debbie (John), Julie, Nick (Kelly Jo), and Dan (Maribeth); 11 grandchildren: Don ( Lindsey), Nick (Danielle), Matt (Valisa), Krista, Kara, Nicholas (Hannah), Elijah, Sierra (Emmanuel), Joseph, Alec and Averey; 8 great-grandchildren: Eastan, Esther, Knox, Krew, Liliana, Jedediah, Zion and Saint; two siblings: Don Hafner and Dorothy Lassegard; many nieces and nephews.
Thank you to the incredible staff of nurses and doctors at Immanuel Hospital ICU for the wonderful care and love you showed to Marlene!