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Obituary: Marlene Ann Krejcik

April 19, 1936 ~ Oct. 20, 2023

Marlene Ann Krejcik, 87, formerly of Sister Bay, died Friday morning, Oct. 20, 2023 while at Angel’s Touch Assisted Living in the Town of Ledgeview where she had been residing the past several months.

She was born April 19,1936 in Chicago, the daughter of Frank Pliml, Jr. and Anne [Egermaier] Pliml. Marlene graduated from Riverside Brookfield High School in Brookfield, Illinois.

She married her childhood sweetheart and next door neighbor, Kenneth Edward Krejcik, on Aug. 19, 1955 at First Congregational Church in Brookfield. Marlene then accompanied Ken to Patuxent River, Maryland as he served his country with the United States Navy. After Ken’s service, she returned home to Illinois and resided with Ken in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.

Marlene excelled in her role as homemaker, and with the births of daughters, Cindy and Debbie, she took on the added role of family manager, only occasionally needing to tell the girls, “You just wait until your father comes home.” Marlene was also active in the philanthropic organization P.E.O. International, serving in the positions of Treasurer and President for her local chapter.

She and Ken retired to Door County. They loved the beauty of the environment and the kindness of the people they met. After building a vacation home in 1982, Marlene and Ken became full-time Sister Bay residents for over 25 years. They attended the Community Church of Fish Creek and then First Baptist Church of Sister Bay.

Marlene cherished the time she spent with Ken and with all members of her family and friends. She and Ken enjoyed walking, biking, and sitting while watching the sunsets together in Sister Bay. Marlene was an excellent knitter and seamstress, and she also enjoyed being outside while working in her yard and garden.

Ken moved to Angel’s Touch Assisted Living in Jan. of 2021. Marlene relocated to Angel’s Touch earlier this year. There, she was once again able to be with Ken for the last weeks of his life, watching TV, eating, and listening to music together. They enjoyed 67 years of marriage. Ken passed away April 24, 2023.

Marlene was a warm and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister and sister-in-law, cousin, aunt, and friend. She attended more of her grandkids’ soccer and tennis matches; baseball, football and basketball games; concerts; and dance recitals than ever could be remembered. A wonderful cook, Marlene’s peach dumplings, meatballs and gravy, pork dumplings and sauerkraut, and kolaches were consumed in almost embarrassingly large quantities. Easter would not have been Easter without her Easter lamb pound cake. Christmas would not have been Christmas without her cookies (decorated by Ken). Any time spent with Marlene began and ended with hugs, and in the middle, was filled with love.

She will be missed by daughters, Cynthia (Richard) Wolter of Baileys Harbor, and Deborah (Brian) Robertson of Arlington Heights, Illinois; four grandchildren, Emily (Santiago) Magallon and Kevin (Maria) Wolter and Brad Robertson and Michelle Robertson; four great-grandchildren, Logan and Lettie Magallon, Marley Wolter, and M.J. Robertson; brother Frank (Marlene) Pliml of Naples, Florida; sister-in-law, Arlene Braune of Brookfield, Illinois; cousins; nieces and nephews; many other relatives; and friends. 

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ken; and other relatives.

Service arrangements are pending at this time.

Memorials may be given in Marlene’s name to Shriners Hospitals for Children (P.O. Box 1510, Ransom, WV 25438-4510; lovetotherescue.org).

“Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of the people at Angel’s Touch Assisted Living and Moments Hospice for the wonderful and compassionate care given to Marlene.”

Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sister Bay is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Marlene may be shared with her family through her tribute page at caspersonfuneralhome.com.