Marlene’s Story

Site created on September 14, 2018

Marlene passed away on Friday, October 5, 2018.  She will be dearly missed by many.

Welcome to Marlene's CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place.   In mid-August, Marlene had a seizure and fell unconscious.  After an MRI and then biopsy, it was diagnosed that she had a Grade/Stage 4 brain tumor.  It is not curable. She is choosing a path of palliative care focusing on relief from the symptoms and stress of the cancer.  Son Tommy shares that Marlene is in a "good place" about what's happening; she has a spirit of acceptance and she's feeling peaceful about this difficult situation.  

The  most helpful thing friends can do is send good wishes through the Thoughts and Well Wishes Guestbook section at this site (at the bottom of this homepage) or mail cards to her at Sholom Home, 730 Kay Ave, SP 55102.  

Daughter Carol is primarily coordinating Marlene's (and Tom's) care.  Tom has moved into assisted living at Sholom Home.

So many people love and appreciate Marlene; please send her back some of that love in the form of prayers, good wishes, loving guest book entries that will be shared with her daily, and send her a card!

Newest Update

Journal entry by Terre Thomas

St. Paul human rights activist, fundraiser Marlene Kayser dies at 79

"In 1956 Marlene Kayser was a senior in high school when she joined her first Democratic political campaign — the second presidential run of Adlai Stevenson, who lost in a landslide to Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower.

She was devastated as only an idealistic teenager could be, she told friends throughout her life.

"But then I got used to it," she always added . . . . ." 

Reporter Josephine  Marcotty captured everything wonderful about Marlene in this (belated) obituary, especially Marlene's sense of humor.

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