Marilyn M. Lee
May 26, 1933 - June 4, 2012
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Wichmann Funeral Home Tri-County Chapel
1592 Oneida Street
Menasha, WI 54952
Friday 6/8, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
2330 East Calumet Street
Appleton, WI
Saturday 6/9, 11:00 am
Wichmann Funeral Home Tri-County Chapel
1592 Oneida Street
Menasha, WI 54952

Marilyn Lee, age 79, of Sherwood, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2012. She was born on May 26, 1933 in Bismarck, North Dakota, the daughter of Elvin M. and Bertha A. (Gilbertson) Duerre. She graduated from Bismarck High School, attended Bismarck Junior College and St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Marilyn obtained her degree…

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Gerry. Duerre left a message on July 5, 2012:
Sorry to hear the bad news about Marilyn. Look apon this event as a blessing. We shared many good times together. Cousin Gerry
Gerry. Duerre left a message on July 5, 2012:
Sorry to hear the bad news about Marilyn. Look apon this event as a blessing. We shared many good times together. Cousin Gerry
Gerry. Duerre left a message on July 5, 2012:
Sorry to hear the bad news about Marilyn. Look apon this event as a blessing. We shared many good times together. Cousin Gerry
Linda Rustad left a message on June 18, 2012:
Dick & Family, Tootie Friesen informed me of Marilyn's passing. We are so sorry to hear that. We have fond memories of Marilyn. I can't think of her without hearing her say, "apples go good with popcorn". Our condolences to you and your family. God Bless, Dale & Linda Rustad 15310 Jeffers Pass Prior Lake, MN 55372
Yvonne Woodrow left a message on June 14, 2012:
Dear Dick and Family, I first met Marilyn when she began her teaching career in Menasha. Even though she was the new teacher, she soon felt like my mentor and quickly became a dear friend. During the many years we taught together, I learned so much from her creativity and genuine caring for each of her students. She was the kind of teacher every parent would choose for their children, and both of mine were so blessed to have had her. Both Matt and Jessi love her dearly to this day, and have been so saddened by her passing. We have all been blessed to have had Marilyn in our lives for so many years. She has certainly been God's example of true Christian love and energy for living in His footsteps. My grief is softened by my wonderful memories, and I pray the reflections of the many who loved her will soften yours as well. God hold you all especially close! Yvonne Woodrow
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Christel Skaer (Dalke) left a message on June 12, 2012:
"Mrs. Lee" was my teacher for 1st and 2nd grade at Gegan in the mid-1980s. Of all of the teachers I've had throughout the years, she has always been my favorite. I remember the abundance of hugs she gave to me and all of the other kids in my class. I mostly remember how she made me I was someone important and someone she cared about. She is and will continue to be the type of person I want to be. I now teach and train in the medical field, and work in a lab that helps treat patients with cancer. I hope Marilyn's family can find some peace in knowing that the lives she touched have gone on to do great things, and help others the way she always did. She was a wonderful woman.
Jean Sandberg left a message on June 12, 2012:
My thoughts and prayers are with you!!! May your faith, family, and friends sustain you in the days to come.
Lee and Rose Carlson left a message on June 12, 2012:
Lee and I enjoyed the friendship of Dick and Marilyn here in The Villages. The times weren't long but the pleasure was much. Our hearts are with you. The Carlsons
Tammy Propson left a message on June 11, 2012:
I was very sad to hear of Marilyn's passing. I will truly miss her smile and kind words. She was a wonderful lady!
Ken Duerre and Susan Hazen-Hammond left a message on June 10, 2012:
Dear Ones, We are so sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing and so glad we had such a lovely visit with her in the fall of 2010. Ken has many happy childhood memories of Marilyn, too. She was very dear to us. Our hearts are with you. Love, Ken and Susan
Michael and Melly Malachi left a message on June 9, 2012:
For Steve and His Family: We offer prayers of comfort knowing that Marilyn is now saying her prayers for All of you while she kneels at the feet of God. What a Blessing! What a Joy. We're sorry that you'll miss seeing her face and hearing her voice.
Katie Ellisen-Doe left a message on June 9, 2012:
Marilyn was a wonderful person. She was a fantastic teacher who loved all of her students. Marilyn took me under her wing when I began teaching at Gegan Elementary School and was a great mentor to me. She will live on in our hearts with great affection.
Patrick Doherty left a message on June 9, 2012:
Jim - I want to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your mother. I'm certain that fond memories of her will live with you forever.
Shirley Walker left a message on June 8, 2012:
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Marilyn’s passing. I haven’t known Marilyn for very long, recently becoming a member of Prince of Peace but she and I worked quite closely over the past several months in the church library. She was a go-getter with so much energy (even when she wasn’t feeling well) and had such a love of books. I enjoyed the time we spent together--she always had a story about the books on the shelves or their authors or how a book became part of the collection. I will miss her enthusiasm and passion for all she was involved in. Marilyn will most certainly be missed by everyone whose lives she touched and especially by her family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort knowing she is at peace. Shirley Walker
Karen & Al Peckham left a message on June 8, 2012:
Dear Dick and Family, Prince of Peace and Esther Circle has lost a dear friend and believer. For 43 years, Marilyn has been such a fine example to me of living life to the fullest as a Christian. Her faith, her smile, and her love of children will be missed. Rest in peace, Marilyn. You're home now.
Barry Wurster left a message on June 8, 2012:
Jim, sympathies to you and your family. Barry, Maureen, Megan and Michael Wurster
Don & Gwen Schwandt left a message on June 8, 2012:
Dick and "your boys", I remember so fondly when I first moved to Appleton in May of 1966 and your home and the Bretheims was my second home. Marilyn took me in for iced tea & Norwegian goodies. I will always remember her faithfulness to God and the church, particularly Prince of Peace. She was a part of the ladies who prayed I'd find a husband too! She was successful!She had a spirit of faith, love, compassion for good literature, children and friends. Over the years we connected through e-mail often. She followed our boys and their music. I will not forget what a positive influence she had on me and many other wonderful folks of the Prince of Peace family. She was one in a million and our world has been blessed by her presence. May God's love and peace be your ever source of strength & comfort. The kind that Marilyn possessed so deeply. Look forward to seeing you Saturday at her funeral. Love, Don & Gwen Schwandt
Barbara & Sidney Kvale left a message on June 8, 2012:
In this time of grief may you gradually overcome the sorrow, knowing that she has found her true home.
Dave and Pat Rudolf left a message on June 8, 2012:
Our prayers with your family. We are unable to be there but we hope this brief condolence expresses our concern for your loss.
Sue & John Stewart left a message on June 7, 2012:
My sweet Marilyn. We, too, were surprised to hear of her going to be with the Lord, having just sent her 79th birthday card. She was a dear friend, and, as everyone else has mentioned, so caring and jolly! She helped me in our move from sunny California to snowy, icy Sherwood, Wisconsin in 1996, and taught me the joys of driving in the snow. Love to you, Dick, and to your boys and grandchildren - oh, how she loved you all and gave so much effort to your happiness. May God be very close to you and give you His peace, and His wisdom in all the decisions you must make and in filling that huge, enormous vaccuum Marilyn's passing has left. I know the hole in my heart will ever be there until I see her again in heaven. She is at peace and so joyful seeing her Lord face to face at last. with love and prayers and, yes, many tears - Sue and John.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Nancy and Jerry Rabe left a message on June 7, 2012:
Our hearts are breaking over the loss of Marilyn. She was an amazing women. Always ready with a smile and a hug. The world was blessed to have her in it and her spirit lives on through her wonderful children and grandchildren.
Norma Czarnik left a message on June 7, 2012:
Good Night my Viking friend.Your spirit will always be with us. Love Norma
Ilkka Kauranen left a message on June 7, 2012:
We express our deepest symphaty. It was a priviledge knowing Marilyn Riitta and Ilkka Kauranen
Elaine & Don Duerre left a message on June 7, 2012:
I can't tell you how SORRY we are to hear of Marilyn's passing away. SOOOO SAD...She said she was doing so well after all her surgeries. We have never met her..B U T...She was A VERY DEAR FRIEND and cousin to us. I will miss her wonderful emails and the beautiful stories of GOD that she would pass along. Not to leave out all the political news that we would pass to each other. Now those issues are put to rest. Most of all, I'll miss the occasional phone call where we could just hear each other's voice and chat away. She was my Genealogy buddy on family issues. She will be missed by everyone who knew her, because she was just a wonderful, loving person. My heart is breaking for her family. May GOD comfort them at this this sad time. Love Elaine and Donald Duerre
Donald Duerre left a message on June 7, 2012:
My sincere condolences to Marilyn's sons and to her husband. She was very much loved by many including myself. I have fond memories of our growing up together and I will miss her greatly. Don Duerre
Tom Arthur left a message on June 7, 2012:
I remember Mrs. Lee making Dave and I a very full lunch way back in High School Days. I think we had a silent prayer also. It felt good to be on her good side and I've always felt very comfortable with Dave knowing how nice his parents are.
Betty Ferrin left a message on June 7, 2012:
Dear Dick,David,Steven&Jim,May your hearts be filled with warm thoughts and treasured moments. My prayers are with you during your journey of grief. I will be sending a copy ofthis on to Ruth Ann as she is one of your parents God children, Love you. Betty Ferrin
Erik Berg left a message on June 7, 2012:
During the mid-1980s I moved to Appleton from Seattle to serve as a youth minister at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. When moving into my apartment, I found that Marilyn and others had gathered many items to welcome me such as furnishings and dishes. She also told me that she, (along with Elaine Groth and Judy Nelson), would be one of my “mothers” during my time in Appleton. She often invited me over for dinner, including for holidays. Lots of laughs and warm hospitality. After completing my time in Appleton, Marilyn has faithfully sent birthday cards for every one of my birthdays since then!! I have many times been cheered up by my friendship with Dick and Marilyn, and by her “email ministry.” God has certainly demonstrated love, joy and faithfulness to me through Marilyn. I wish and pray for comfort for so many who have been richly blessed to be part of her life.
Sandra Forbes left a message on June 7, 2012:
Dear cousin Dick, I am so sad to hear of Marilyn's death, and so sorry for your enormous loss, and the loss to her sons and grandchildren. My heart is heavy for you and how hard this must be for you and all your family. When I think of Marilyn I think of one of my favorite 'Norwegians.' I will be there for the funeral on Saturyday. Love, your cousin, Sandra
Shirley Foote left a message on June 6, 2012:
Dear Dick and the whole Lee Family, When I heard of Marilyn's passing, I thought (and hoped) Pastor Gary was pulling my leg. Then I realized he wasn't kidding. Of all the things she was involved with at Prince of Peace, she will certainly be missed and there is now a big hole in the fabric of PoP. I loved her and had a special bond with her. I always enjoyed when she came in with her smiley face and always a good word and a hug. I am going to miss that and miss talking to her. You have my deepest sympathies! May God be with you at this very difficult time. I hope you feel his enfolding arms around you.
Doris Wilber left a message on June 6, 2012:
My sympathy to Marilyn's loved ones. She will be missed.
Chuck Steinbach left a message on June 6, 2012:
Dear Dick and all the Lee family, Marilyn was a special friend to us through many have YOU been also!! We are sad now... but also know that Marilyn is with our Lord. She will be cheering and clapping loud for John's graduation on Thursday! And her spirit will be felt at the gatherings on Friday and Saturday. And so many times to come at PoP. We will be in Chicago at new daughter-in-law Crystal's graduation for MBA on Friday and Saturday....but our hearts and prayers are with you all. May you feel the Peace and Care of our Lord and many friends in coming days. Love Chuck and Deb Steinbach
SUSAN & kEN hERRES left a message on June 6, 2012:
we had a close bond. and a true friendship. She will be missed a great deal. Sue
Carl and Betty Tengesdal left a message on June 6, 2012:
I was shocked and saddened today to come home and open my E Mails to find the message telling of Marilyn's death. It is not very many days ago that she sent me an E Mail! She was such a wonderful person! When we moved to Appleton in 1990, we did not know a soul there and Marilyn and Dick welcomed us fellow North Dakotans with open arms. Our prayers are with you, Dick and your family. May God uphold you and sustain you during this difficult time. May you find comfort in the many wonderful memories you have of such an awesome wife, mother and grandmother
Laura Anderson left a message on June 6, 2012:
She was a wonderful lady!!! I will really miss her.
Betty Neuhardt left a message on June 6, 2012:
I am absolutely stunned to receive your email re: Marilyn's death and can hardly believe this sad news. She and I have exchanged emails for quite a long time and even tho her last communication indicated she was having medical tests I had no idea her problems were life threatening. We were both in the BHS Class of 1951 and thoroughly enjoyed our 60th reunion last Sept. Dick and Family - Riley and I extend our deepest sympathy. Marilyn loved all of you and was a wonderful lady. Everyone who knew her will miss her. Blessed be her memory. I appreciate David taking the time to let us know.
Nancy Wittrock left a message on June 6, 2012:
Marilyn and Dick are two of the first people I met when I came to Appleton in 1977. She became a friend immediately. I cherish that friendship today. She will be greatly missed at Prince of Peace and many other groups in which she interfaced--a great and wonderful lady. Our sympathies, Dick and family. She is with her Lord today. Nancy and Marv
Paul WALKER left a message on June 6, 2012:
To the family of Marilyn Lee please receive my deepest regards for your loss. I met her while working at Trinity Church as a custodian. We struck up a friendship over Lefsa Plates. I use to grind them while at a Bible College and she was the first person I know of that let me see them in action. Since that time she sent emails to me on occasion and they were received quite well. I enjoyed her remembering my name and greeting me warmly. Thank you for sharing this Obit with me. her kindness and warmth will not be forgotten. With sympathy, Paul Walker
Colleen perrine left a message on June 6, 2012:
I am shocked and very saddened to hear of my friend's passing. May God strengthen and keep you all at this difficult time. She is home now.
Kathy & Maynard Bevers left a message on June 6, 2012:
I can't believe Marilyn is gone. She was so full of life and love for people. She was the most caring, giving, loving friend I have ever had and I will miss her terribly. Prayers for her family. May God comfort all of you. Be at peace , dear friend. Love Kathy and Maynard
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Joanna Foster left a message on June 6, 2012:
To the Lee family, My deepest sympathies on your loss. I first met Mrs. Lee at Clovis Grove and then had the pleasure of getting to know her as an adult many years later through the SON. I can still see her smiling, always cheerful and so positive! May that spirit and her kindness live on in all of us who were lucky to have crossed paths with her.
Sandi Moore left a message on June 6, 2012:
Dear Dick and Jim and family: When Pastor Gary announced Marilyn's death during Monday night services, there was a huge gasp throughout the congregational life room at church. Many people commented after church as to what a loss this will be to all of us. She was a dear lady and so special to so many family members, friends, Sons of Norway, Library folks, POP members, and more. Her loss will be felt for many years. Our prayers for comfort for all of you. Sandi and Bill Moore
Dave and Tess Kievet left a message on June 6, 2012:
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing all of you our sincere condolences. Dave and Tess Kievet
Judy Goodermote left a message on June 6, 2012:
Our deepest sympathy to you,Dick, David, Steve and Jim. Marilyn was a special person in my life and her encouraging words to me always made me feel better. She surely will be missed. Lovingly, Harry and Judy
Kathleen Bowman left a message on June 5, 2012:
What a dear church library friend. I'm so glad she was at our last Fox Valley Chapter meeting in Green Bay. We had such a nice visit, as always, the warm friendly person that Marilyn was. She will be missed. God Bless her family. Kathleen, Faith Lutheran, Appleton
Grace Bauknecht Davis left a message on June 5, 2012:
Dear Dick and boys, I am so shocked and saddened by the news of Marilyn's death. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. I shall always consider her my very dear friend. She was such a great person and has done so much for others. I have so many great memories of our times together, and I hope those fine memories of your own will help you through this great sadness.
Michele LeFevre left a message on June 5, 2012:
I knew Marilyn when I worked at Conkey's Bookstore for 10 years. She often ordered books for the church or herself, and she was always a delight to chat with. Friendly, upbeat and such a beautiful smile. My thoughts to her family. She was a wonderful woman.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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