Marlene Schlenker

marlene schlenker
Marlene Schlenker, 76, Fargo, ND passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Sanford Health in Fargo. She was born on January 28, 1943 to Casper and Catherine (Holzer) Kraft in South Dakota. She grew up in South Dakota and graduated McLaughlin High School. On July 2, 1960 Marlene was united in marriage to Jerald Schlenker at St. Bernard’s Church in McLaughlin, SD. In 1965 the couple moved to Fargo where they made their home and raised their two children. Marlene immensely enjoyed her NFL football pool. She loved traveling, fishing and hunting with her best friends, Jim and Jean Wold. She is survived by her daughter Deborah Paine, Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren Mike (Kristin) Schlenker, Thompson ND, Deric Paine, Minneapolis MN; Devon Paine, Minneapolis MN; Matt Timme Dilworth, MN; great-grandchildren, Camdyn Schlenker, Lelah Paine, Addley Schlenker; sister, Lucille (Jerome) Schatz, Sioux Falls, SD; brothers, Ed (Brenda) Kraft, Mandan ND, Terry (Brenda) Kraft, Mobridge, SD; Claude (Cindy) Kraft, Aberdeen, SD; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Schlenker; parents, Casper and Catherine Kraft; son, Brian Schlenker; brother, Casmer (Yvonne) Kraft. Service on Wednesday Dec 18th 10:00 a.m. at Boulger Funeral in Fargo, Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. Marlene will be laid to rest at Riverside Cemetery next to Jerry and Brian. Memorials preferred to JP2 Catholic Schools. We would like to thank Sanford South ICU and their Palliative care nurse. Special thank you to Sara Bleth and her family who took exceptional care of Marlene during this final journey, we are forever grateful.

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  1. What a wonderful friend she was. In high school and after her marriage to our cousin Jerry. So many great memories of our times spent together.
    You will be missed as a friend, a mother and grandmother .
    Rest in peace marlene knowing how much you were loved.

  2. Dear Debbie and Family, we are all very sad at the loss of your mom! You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. Marlene was a wonderful friend to my parents and to our family. We will all miss her being on our football team and joining us for family gatherings. We pray for peace for all of you.
    Lots of love Sara and family

  3. I cleaned Marlene’s house for the last several years and I am going to miss her sweet smile. I will be praying for your family during this difficult time. She was such a sweet lady.

  4. I enjoyed watching and listening to the memorial video and bringing back memories of the Schlenker family, and Aunt Marlene’s love for the music of Tom Jones, Neil Diamond and of course, Elvis. My prayers are with all that mourn the loss of their mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She has been reunited with her parents, husband, son and brother where she will now have eternal life.

  5. What a beautiful tribute to a very loved lady! I loved watching and seeing her zest for life!! Prayers for all left to mourn her loss.

  6. SO SO sorry on the loss of Marlene! Deb you many not remember me but when your dad worked for Sweetheart Bakery you lived in Valley City and my husband Leo also was transferred to Valley City. Marlene and I spend a lot of time together, shopping, washing clothes, baby sitting each others babies which was Brian and two of my children, Darcey and Leanne. Then later we all moved to Bismarck and kept up our friendship thru those years. By then you were born and so were Ken and Karla. We spend many times at your parents home and visa versa. Then your family moved to Fargo. We did still occasionally drop in to visit all of you. We always had so much fun being together. We truly loved your parents, Brian and you Debbie. But as our children grew older things changed. I have also lost my husband, Leo Dockter and our daughter, Darcey Engelke. Both within a year. Would love too hear from you Deb. I think about your family often. This makes my heart sad for your losses. May God give you comfort and peace! Thanks for sharing the video!

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