In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to
Humane Animal Welfare Society – HAWS of Waukesha County
701 Northview Road, Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188
Marlene A. Herbst
Passed into Eternal Life on Friday, October 15, 2021 at age 78. Dear wife of Richard Herbst for 50 years. Devoted mother of Stephen (Andrea) Herbst and Andrew (Rachel) Herbst. Loving Grandma of Sophia, Roman, Gianna, Mackenzie, and Estelle. Sister of Joan (the late Lu) Rudel. Also loved and will be missed by additional family and friends.
Marlene, as a wife, mother, grandmother, medical assistant, a friend or acquaintance you knew well the woman she was. In this time of loss and sadness there are no words or adjectives that could describe what Marlene was to all of us, but it is left to each of us to remember, honor and live our lives as she lived her life for 78 years. Marlene was always there for others before herself, so what can you say about this woman for which little can be said, but so much given to remember.
Marlene had a love of animals that was nurtured on her Denmark, WI family dairy farm. This grew to a cherished love of dogs Nikki and Scrappy and rescued cats Muffin, Socks, and Oliver in her life.
At 24, she traveled around the world to meet her sister and brother-in-law working for the State Department Foreign Service. Together Marlene and her sister Joan brought Joan’s 3 little children across the Pacific and home to our nation’s capital.
Watching her beloved Packers at the 1967 NFL Championship “Ice Bowl” she found a way to stay warm with fortitude, cheers, and cheese. From the 70’s she herself as a mother went on to “coach” her two sons, Stephen and Andrew, towards their college and professional success.
Marlene leaves behind five grandchildren who will grow as she has because of the smiles, teaching, and love she gave them along with cookies, fresh banana bread, and marshmallow fruit fluff. Cooking was no puzzle because of her Czech farm heritage, but at the end of the day a 1000-piece puzzle was her passion as was her love of reading. Marlene was never without a book and she loved visiting the library.
As a medical assistant, many in clinics knew what care meant and all too often so did her husband. With work life more and more in the rearview mirror her time was spent traveling to many national parks, mixed in with cruise ships and a few trips to Europe. Her 2002 early retirement in Tucson, AZ was a ray of sunshine in her heart until returning to Wisconsin in 2012 to live near and for her grandchildren. A summer week or two was spent in the Northwoods Lakes of Saint Germain for over 40 years beginning with her honeymoon and most recently last summer.
Time together was never enough for Marlene and Richard. They offered each other their hand on June 26, 1971 with wedding bands engraved with the word “Always” and they walked together thru a wonderful life for 50 blessed years. God bless you, Marlene, as you have blessed us!
Visitation will be held at Krause Funeral Home, 21600 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield, Wisconsin 53072, on Friday, October 29, 2021, 1:00 PM – 3:45 PM. Funeral Service at 4:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Humane Animal Welfare Society – HAWS of Waukesha County, 701 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53188.