It is with great sadness in our hearts, the family of Marlene Fandrey (nee Bohn) announces her passing on February 3, 2023, age of 87, at Morris House, Yorkton and District Nursing Home. She was surrounded by her family. Marlene was born on July 25th, 1935 on the farm near Ebenezer to Edwin and Grace Bohn. She welcomed her sister Elaine in 1939. Her family lived on various farms around Ebenezer until 1946, when they moved into Ebenezer. She attended Ebenezer school which was across from their home. For Grade 10 and 11 she attended Yorkton Collegiate. She left school after Grade 11 to begin her career as telephone operator for Saskatchewan Government Telephones in Melville in 1953, transferring to Yorkton in 1956. Marlene worked for SaskTel both full-time and part-time until retiring in July 1995.
In 1956, Marlene married Arlan and they were blessed with two children, Kevin and Shelley. They raised their family on Deerwood Crescent. Later, they moved to their current home on Darlington Street. Their doors were always open to visitors, especially church youth groups. Family brought her much joy, especially her grandson Jason! She was always willing to help her family whenever needed.
Marlene faithfully attended Ebenezer Baptist Church her entire life. She learned to play piano and was pressed into service at the age of 12 (1947) playing for the men’s quartet. She also played for radio broadcasts, Singing Men choir, and funerals. Marlene continued to play piano in church and in nursing homes until summer 2022 when her left hand wouldn’t do what she wanted it to. That is 75 years of serving the Lord with her talents.
Marlene was predeceased by her beloved husband Arlan in 2022, her parents and parents-in-law, brother-in-law Lorne, sister-in-law Marilyn and brother-in-law Harold.
Marlene leaves to mourn her devoted family, son Kevin, daughter Shelley (Darrell) and grandson Jason, as well as her sister Elaine, brother-in-law Ken (Karen), sister-in-laws Daphne and Grace, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. VanHeerdan and his staff for the loving care given to Mom over the years. Thank you also to the staff at Morris House who provided comfort and compassion to Mom in her final days.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 11:00 am at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Ebenezer. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Chain of Love ministry (orphaned children in Brazil) with cheques made out to Ebenezer Baptist Church.
To access the livestream broadcasted from the Ebenezer Baptist Church channel, please search on YouTube: 'Marlene Fandrey Funeral'. The livestream will begin at 10:45 am.
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