Molly E. McKenzie
July 10, 1962 - July 16, 2003
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McKenzie, Molly E. (Menasha) Age 41, Molly died on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Molly and her twin sister Katie were adopted by Tom and Rusty McKenzie shortly after birth. She graduated from Kaukauna High School in 1980. She spent her senior year as a Rotary Exchange Student in Queensland, Australia. She…

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Wayne Batchler left a message on April 6, 2009:
Molly..... I was lucky enough to meet Molly when she stayed in Australia all those years ago. My memories are of good times, laughter and friendship and above all a "good mate". I was lucky enough to get back in touch with Molly over the last few years by phone and was pleased to see she hadn't changed to me at all, same Molly always up for a laugh. She even converted me over to a Packers supporter! Will always love you Molly. Wayne.xox
Rick & Paul left a message on April 6, 2009:
Katie & Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Never lose the memories and always remember that your friends are here for support. Always, Rick & Paul
Karl Erickson left a message on April 6, 2009:
Tom, my condolences to you and your family. My thoughts are with you. Karl
Connie Freeman left a message on April 6, 2009:
I first met Molly when we both lived in Alaska, amazing that we both grew up within 75 miles from each other and it took several thousand miles away to meet. Molly stayed with us for those few summers there while working in the fishing canneries before she moved onto Hawaii and I came back to Wisconsin. I kept up & down with Molly on & off through the years, mostly currently within the last year or so since she contacted me and I knew where she was again!!(She always was the traveler, although not always very good at leaving a forwarding address; usually kept me guessing where she currently was....) She will be very sadly missed, what a wonderfully vibrant person - quite contagious as a matter of fact. I loved her spirit... one which was not containable - that was Molly! I was shocked to hear of her passing, I talked to her a month or so ago, she sounded so up, as she always did... God hears our prayers, I know he has heard ours today. Molly, I'll miss you!!
Sean Stalbaum left a message on April 6, 2009:
Tom, I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts. Hang in there buddy. Sean
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Barb and Gilli left a message on April 6, 2009:
Molly had a beautiful,warm and generous heart. And loving others, she was greatly loved. We will miss her so much and our hearts are heavy with sorrow. We grieve with you Rusty,Tom,Katie,Jane,Peter and Tommy. We hold each of you in our hearts and hope that you find comfort in the love that surrounds you.
CAPE Staff left a message on April 6, 2009:
The CAPE Board and Staff extend their condolences to you and your family, Tom. We know this is a difficult time and are truly sorry for your loss. A donation will be made to the memorial fund when that is set up. Our thoughts are with you all. With sympathy, from all of us at the California Association of Professional Employees.
Tighe Belden left a message on April 6, 2009:
I remember hearing this wonderful spirit talk of a trip she was embarking Australia...a land I shared a fondness for. Her energy and sense of adventure was contagous and empowered me to take on a similar adventure. We met up in that far away land, we laughed as we shared stories of our experiences. I admired this girl who was only a smidge older than I. She had a very vivid, zany, determined spirit. What a fun mix. I have not seen her for many years, so this is how I shall remember her. I am so sorry for the loss that must be felt by those she was close to. My thoughts are with you. Maybe she and Susan are doing something fun together. tighe
Jim and Carol Newman left a message on April 6, 2009:
To the entire McKenzie family, We have had the pleasure to spend many precious times with Tom junior and also with Tom's parents. We were able to share part of Christmas eve this past year with Tom senior, Rusty, Tom junior, Molly and a few others. We saw a lot of love displayed. We know that Molly was loved so much by her family. God is the source of love, and we know our Heavenly Father gave the McKenzie's the gift of loving others. We have gotten to know and love Tom junior so much too and have welcomed him into our family as he is engaged to our daughter, Jill. May God's grace be sufficent during these days of grieving and all the days of healing which He will grant. You all have our condolences and we share in your grief. Blessings and Love, Jim and Carol Newman
Katie Kesler left a message on April 6, 2009:
When I think of Molly, I remember her unforgettable laughter, her zeal,and her fiery personality that was so impassioned about ideas and people. She will sadly be missed.
Todd H. Belden left a message on April 6, 2009:
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Natasha (Diaz) O'Shea left a message on April 6, 2009:
It is with deep sorrow that I close my eyes to wish you goodbye and peace. Countless memories of carefree childhood moments are filling my mind but the image of your radiant face and magnificent laughter is forever imprinted in my mind and in my heart. The love that you so freely shared with the people in your life was truely a gift to us all. I love you.
Jennifer Morgan left a message on April 6, 2009:
A candle was lit by Jennifer Morgan on 2009/04/06
Susan Gleason left a message on April 6, 2009:
I'm sorry I can't be with you. You are all in my prayers, Love, Susan
Jill Newman left a message on April 6, 2009:
To the McKenzies, I love you all so much and wish that I could be in Menasha with you now. I knew Molly so briefly, but was immediately impressed by her wild humor, stength, and welcoming heart. Tom has told me so many wonderful stories about Molly and her adventures, the Molly I never knew. I am so sorry for your loss. I think of you all every day. Love, Jill
Michael Gant left a message on April 6, 2009:
I met a girl who captured my heart with her laugh, her strength, her intelligence and her zest for life. Molly always did it her way, fiercely independent and passionate in her beliefs. I will miss her love and her spirit. I met Molly when she first came to Australia. She was my first true love. I had the honor of meeting Rusty, and most of all her host families when she was an exchange student. I was so glad we were able to relive some of those good old days, when we made contact again a couple of years ago. Molly will always hold a special place in my heart. My sincere condolences to Molly’s family. Michael Gant.
Jody (VanderHyden) Burcham left a message on April 6, 2009:
I believe that special people teach us life lessons that stay with us forever. These lessons are revealed only after that special person has transitioned from the physical to the spiritual world. Molly taught me about integrity in family and friendship. Molly, Katie and Stacia were my very best friends during high school. Those young women had a profound effect and influence on my life. The ties that bind our long ago sisterhood will live in my heart forever. Dear McKenzie Family, My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult transition. Thank-you for the gift of Moella in my life. Love, Jody
Katie McKenzie left a message on April 6, 2009:
What do I say about Molly? Do I talk about her strength, her courage, her compassion, her generosity, her thoughtfulness, her humor? Today I feel as that I need to talk about being her twin and our deep, unspoken bond. A bond that defies words, one of instinctual knowing that only twins can understand. We simply called it “The Twin Thing.” We often experienced people’s fascination with twins. They always ask with intrigue ad wide eyes, “What’s it like to be a twin?” My reply is always, “What’s like to not be a twin? I’ve always been one.” With a wink and a smile to each other, Molly and I knew that it was impossible to explain “The Twin Thing”. It is only for us to share and how precious it is to both of us. Of course, the other common reaction we got was one of shock. People would say, “You mean there’s two of you?!”. We both savored the confused pauses as people tried to comprehend that there was actually another Molly or Katie. Molly and I shared a magical secret that was just ours, something no one else could ever know. My brother Tommy called us “The family within the family”. I like that description. I was speaking with Molly’s friend Wendy in Hawaii and I asked her, “Can you imagine if I did this to Molly?” and we both started laughing as we played out the never-ending phone calls Molly would have made. She would have been so mad at me. Molly alone knew how devastating this would be for me. It’s a Twin Thing. But today and forever, I am a twin and Molly is always with me, as I am always with her, for we are part of each other. When I’m feeling sorry for myself, I ask Molly how she could do this to me, me of all people. How could you leave me alone like this? But more often, I tell her ad I know in my heart that through me, a part of Molly truly lives on. You see, it’s a Twin Thing. So, I have a responsibility to Molly and therefore myself to keep cooking, to keep making new friends while cherishing the old, but most of all, to keep a sense of humor. That’s both of our natures, to laugh through the tears. She was only the Lawyer’s daughter, how sad it was too brief. I love you Molly, more than I can ever say and I will miss you every single day. Katie
Dave Ward left a message on April 6, 2009:
Fair winds and following seas on the journey to Val Hala. Rest in peace.
David & Katy Diaz left a message on April 6, 2009:
It is impossible to articulate the loss that has taken place; for the McKenzies, and all who love Molly. MOLLY- We love you and think of our good-times, often. Molly will live-on in our hearts, stories, writings, jokes, and conversations. She was a thoughtful, creative, resourceful and beautiful young woman, whose journey was cut short by a terrible disease. Much love to all. Peace and blessings, David and Katy Diaz
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Tommy Mckenzie left a message on April 6, 2009:
Molly: Memories of you rush through my mind. From the family videos of you and Katie pushing your heads across the ice rink when you were too small to skate; to you as a teenager with your foot in a cast, and it not slowing you down a bit; to you afloat on an inner-tube in Lake Winnebago, Molly, you always embraced the seasons and the adventures at hand. How selfishly sad I felt when you left for Australia, when you hitch-hiked with your sister to Alaska and when you went away to college in Hawaii. Each departure was a loss to me, but your returns were momentous and inspirational. You always sent letters and brought me something special, and I learned so much from you. When I met your host family from Australia, I was so impressed with what warm and witty people they were, and I knew they loved you too. You've always had a way with people, Molly. You've been my adventuring big sister, and you've inspired me at many turning points in my life. One cannot properly eulogize, however, by focussing only on bright times. There was darkness in your life too. I'm so sorry that the illness you had was so strong as to conquer your sincere and loving heart. We will always love you Molly.
Robin (Witthuhn) Laehn left a message on April 6, 2009:
A candle was lit by Robin (Witthuhn) Laehn on 2009/04/06
Rhonda Cundy left a message on April 6, 2009:
Molly and I began singing together when she was two: singing life and singing songs. I loved her. I carry her songs and her love with me.
Farbod Pirouzmand left a message on April 6, 2009:
Tom: Words cannot describe our sorry I feel about your loss. I didn't know your sister but it's obvious from her picture that she was special. Give my best to your family. Farbod
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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