Marlene Rae Rawhouser, a long time Wisconsin resident, born Dec. 19, 1936, in Elroy, Wis., passed away Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Apache Junction, Ariz., with her loving daughter (and Zeba, daughter’s Doberman) by her side.

Marlene received a bachelor of science in education from UW-Stout. She continued her education at UW-LaCrosse, from which she received two masters degrees specializing in reading and special education. As a lifelong educator, Marlene received many commendations along the way, including a nomination for Wisconsin Teacher of the Year. Her specialty was teaching underprivileged/learning disabled children to read, successfully pass tests, write papers, fill out job applications and many academic skills required to graduate. Many of her students successfully transitioned from school into the work force and/or furthered their education/training. Marlene excelled at mentoring and motivating nearly everyone she met, to include her own grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many foster children in Eau Claire, Wis.

Marlene enjoyed spending summers in Wisconsin, visiting her son and his family and her sisters. She headed south to Arizona for remaining months, where she swam every day and was known to decline phone calls interrupting her pool time. She was a voracious reader (a trait passed on to the next generations) who loved family, music, candy, good conversation, laughter and the cacophonous din of a casino. She was feisty, independent, free-spirited and when necessary, fierce. Both her lead foot and never-fail memory were notorious within the family.

Preceded in death by her husband, Norky in 2004, (surprising, considering one of his hobbies was scaring “her” to death with his antics). Survived by her children, Connie (Jack) Davis, Adam Rawhouser and Buck (Loree) Rawhouser; “grands,” Noel (Tim) Griffith, Jamie Davis, Mandy (Bob) Colvin and Haley Rawhouser; and “great-grands,”Riley, Dominic, Mercedes Rae and Mallory.

Marlene did not want services. In lieu of flowers, please support a teacher, visit a local library, put a quarter in a slot machine, find out how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of those Tootsie Pops, and enjoy the ride that is life!

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