Melander, Marlene Katheryn (nee Hansen)
January 16, 1932 – December 2, 2015
Age 83 of Burnsville, formerly of Thief River Falls, beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully in her home on Dec. 2 after a courageous 3 1/2 year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was preceded in death by her daughter Shawn, parents Bernard & Fannie Hansen, stepfather Alton Johnson, sister Bonnie and brother Bernie. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Norris; son Murray (Carol) and their children Matt and Derek (Jessica); son Mark (DeeDee) and their children Ian (Lindsay), Brock and McKenzie; and daughter Julie Crippes (James) and their children Jack, Sarah, Thomas and Daniel; great-grandchild Decklan Melander and her sister Harriet Holler. Marlene was a kind woman who loved her family and friends. She was happiest tending her gardens, creating a comfortable home and preparing delicious meals, especially around the holidays. Her homemade potato salad was legendary, second only to her beautiful array of Christmas cookies! We will miss her easy-going manner and love for her family. She will be dearly missed. Marlene’s visitation will be on December 12 at 10 a.m. with a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow the service. All will take place at Church of the Risen Savior, 1501 East Co. Rd. 42, Burnsville, MN 55306. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to a hospice of your choice.