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Marlene J. Butler
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“Chad, Michelle & family, We are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in those who are closest to you & peace in God's love as it surrounds...Read More »
1 of 38 | Posted by: Brigette & Topher Baldwin - VA

“Dear Chad,Michelle,and family, Revelation 22:1-5 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life,bright as crystal,flowing from the throne of...Read More »
2 of 38 | Posted by: spencer and elaine garrett - IL

“Chad and Michelle, We grieve with you in your loss; please know that our thoughts and especially prayers will be with you now and in the days to come...Read More »
3 of 38 | Posted by: Colleen & Mark Beaver - IL

“Dear Chad and Michelle, We are praying with you and your family during this time. We are so sorry for your loss. Hugs to Grace and Lauren - may...Read More »
4 of 38 | Posted by: Tim & Kim Onufrock - Naperville, IL

“Bob, Rest assured that our prayers are with you and your family that you may have God's peace in this time of trial. ”
5 of 38 | Posted by: Fritz and Renita Redfield - WI

“Bob, Chad, and Craig and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We know that your God will be your comforter and strength through this...Read More »
6 of 38 | Posted by: HAROLD & LOLA - PIGEON FORGE, TN

“Dear Bob and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Marlene was a blessing to life and to all of us who knew her. She...Read More »
7 of 38 | Posted by: Tom Mullins - Appleton, WI

“My first piano teacher, I've been making music ever since. ”
8 of 38 | Posted by: Herb Berendsen - Oshkosh, WI

“So many years; so many memories! Rose Marie and I pray for future healing for everyone in the family. Rose Marie remembers the difficult Walooski...Read More »
9 of 38 | Posted by: Ronald and Rose Marie Reynolds - WI

“In 2001 I purchased a new organ from Butler/Stevens, and made a new friend, a Christ centered musician. I have appreciated her sincere and honest...Read More »
10 of 38 | Posted by: Elmer F.Ackermann - Shawano, WI

“Your family is in our thoughts and prayers... ”
11 of 38 | Posted by: Ritch Broughton - Orlando, FL

“Marlene was a dear friend. She was a person who treated everyone alike -- rich or poor -- it meant no difference to her. She loved animals and we...Read More »
12 of 38 | Posted by: Bev Berendsen - Neenah, WI

“Dear Bob, Chad, Craig and family, We are deeply sorry for your great loss with the passing of Marlene. She has touched so many lives, especially...Read More »
13 of 38 | Posted by: Velma Butler-Norma Royse - KS

14 of 38 | Posted by: james christensen - park city, UT

“It was a blessing knowing Marlene - our thoughts and prayers are with her family. ”
15 of 38 | Posted by: Andy & Megan Schoepf - Muscatine, IA

“Dear Bob, It is at times like this that we are frustrated with the "groaning" of this world. Marlene has experienced a release from that Romans 8:23...Read More »
16 of 38 | Posted by: Dan and Lea Schoepf - Muscatine, IA

“We will miss Marlene but take comfort from her being home with her and our Lord. Doris & Jerry ”
17 of 38 | Posted by: Doris & Jerry Bean - DE

“Marlene will always be held in my memory as a wonderful person and a superb musician. Her years as the MacDowell accompanist gave "class" to the...Read More »
18 of 38 | Posted by: Allan Leicht - Combined Locks, WI

“Our sincere love and prayers are with you and your family. We cherish many sacred memories of you and Marlene, going back to the 1960's. May the...Read More »
19 of 38 | Posted by: Rev. David & Velma Condreay - FL

“Chad and family, As the Legacy Class in Wheaton has prayed for Marlene and family in the last few months, we grieve with you in her loss. At the...Read More »
20 of 38 | Posted by: Adam and Cindy Pratt - Wheaton, IL

“Bob, Craig and Chad Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies on Marlene's passing. I know the days ahead will be difficult, but I also know the...Read More »
21 of 38 | Posted by: Cynthia Cyndi Butler Neitzel - TX

“Chad and family, We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Ricardo and John ”
22 of 38 | Posted by: Ricardo Lozada - Kissimmee, FL

23 of 38 | Posted by: LEE & MARY FORRESTER - KERRVILLE, TX

“Bob and boys: Marlene was a special lady! Her keyboard talent, quiet patience, enduring smile, and clever poetry were special gifts she shared with...Read More »
24 of 38 | Posted by: Ron Ernst - Appleton, WI

“Dear Bob and Family, Although it has been a number of years since we last saw Marlene, we still remember her vividly as a devoted Christian, an...Read More »
25 of 38 | Posted by: Jerry and Lynda Taylor - NC

“We certainly send our prayers and deepest symphathy to all of you. I have many, many memories of the two of us as little girls in Iowa. Marlene is...Read More »
26 of 38 | Posted by: Dixie Knowles - Roswell, GA

“Bob, You are much in our hearts and prayers.We shall wait a bit before we phone and write. All is part of God's design and he shall continue in His...Read More »
27 of 38 | Posted by: Palin - Laguna Woods, CA

“Bob,Chad,Craig and families, I am sorry for your loss of Marlene. She was a special person and a great piano teacher for my girls. I will always...Read More »
28 of 38 | Posted by: Dodie Davis - Anoka, MN

“Bob,Craig,Chad and Families: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We find comfort, as we know you do,in knowing that Marlene is in the...Read More »
29 of 38 | Posted by: Julie & Dean Flesner - Marietta, GA

“Bob & Boys Our thoughts and prayers are with you at your time of loss. Many hearts have been touched and enriched by Marlene in many ways! ”
30 of 38 | Posted by: Len & Barb Hansen - Las Vegas, NV

“Dear Butler Family, We are so saddened by the news of Marlene's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please know we're here for you, Chad...Read More »
31 of 38 | Posted by: The Gilbert Family - Aurora, IL

“To the family of Marlene.....I had the privilege of teaching in Wilton and had Marlene in several classes..An excellent, purpose driven individual,...Read More »
32 of 38 | Posted by: Don & Donna Grensing - Davenport, IA

“Bob and family, please accept our sincere condolences at the loss of your lovely wife and friend, Marlene. She is a magnificent lady. ”
33 of 38 | Posted by: Gary & Violet Strike - Waupaca, WI

“Dear Bob and family, Our sympathy to you. May God's comfort and peace be with you! I will always remember fondly our time together, when Dennis and...Read More »
34 of 38 | Posted by: Mary Jo laabs - Park Falls, WI

“Bob, What a terrible loss for you and the everyone she knew. I am so glad that I was able to speak with her 3 weeks ago. Marlene was a fine lady,...Read More »
35 of 38 | Posted by: David and Jeannine Jordan - OR

“Dear Bob and family, I am so thankful for our family reunion in Iowa two years ago. It was so nice to see you, Marlene and all the cousins after all...Read More »
36 of 38 | Posted by: Becky Richards - Salt Lake City, UT

“We are grateful to have Bob & Marlene as our very close friends. As we whispered our goodbyes to Marlene we trust that God took her from the pain...Read More »
37 of 38 | Posted by: Dave & Lill Brice - Appleton, WI

“We thank God for Marlene Butler's life, and are honored to have shared some precious moments with Marlene and her loving family Thursday evening....Read More »
38 of 38 | Posted by: Kathy & Fuzzy Wieting - Brillion, WI

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Marlene J. Butler, age 66, of Neenah, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 23, 2009, following a short but courageous battle with cancer. No stranger to adversity in her life, Marlene accepted this final challenge, as she had so many others, with quiet dignity and determination. Scripture teaches that for those who have placed their trust in Christ, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. The family takes comfort in knowing that Marlene has been released from pain and suffering and is now in the presence of God. Marlene was born on March 8, 1942, in Harlan, Iowa, to the late James and Irene Christensen Sorenson. She graduated from Wheaton College in 1964 with a Bachelor's Degree in Organ Performance. Marlene married Robert Butler on June 12, 1965, in Muscatine, Iowa. Music was an integral part of Marlene's life. She was the accompanist of the MacDowell Male Chorus for nearly 30 years, was the organist at First United Methodist Church for over 20 years, was the co-founder and president of Butler-Stevens Church Organ Company and was Director of the Wesley Handbell Choir at First United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Robert; her sons, Chad Michelle Butler, Aurora, Illinois, and Craig Karen Butler, Savage, Minnesota; her grandchildren, Grace and Lauren Butler, and Tyler and Brandon Butler. She was preceded in death by her brother Duane Barbara Sorenson. Funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2009, at FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 325 East Franklin Street, Appleton, with Rev. Dave Brice, Dr. Doyle Blanton and Rev. Grace Cajiuat officiating. Friends may call directly at the church on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until the time of services. Entombment will be in Highland Memorial Park. A memorial has been established in Marlene's name to benefit the Music Ministry of First United Methodist Church. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. John Swanson, Dr. Anthony Phillips, Dr. Michael Ray, and the staff at ThedaCare at Home, for their loving care.

Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 920-739-1231
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