Funeral services for Marlene Rose (Halsey) Block, 82, of Columbus, formerly of Norfolk, will be Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Home for Funerals Chapel, 708 Georgia Ave. Pastor Donna Goltry will officiate. The visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until the time of service. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. To view a live broadcast of the service, go to the Home for Funerals website. Arrangements are under the direction of Home for Funerals.
She passed Monday, February 15, 2021 in Columbus.
Marlene was a loving, kind-hearted, nurturing wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She raised three little girls to become courageous, strong, and loving women of faith.
She was born in Wausa, NE on April 25, 1938. She was the first-born daughter of Emment Halsey and Marie (Larkin) Halsey-Bergland. Marlene grew up with five brothers and one sister, who was her best friend throughout her life. She was baptized at the First Methodist Church in Norfolk. She worked at St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Care Center until her retirement. She was awarded the Laura Gross Award in 2000 and received her nursing award in Northeast Nebraska.
There was not a single person our mom would not talk to. Her life was filled with many joys and laughter. She liked a good joke, and also liked telling them. She loved to talk and have conversations. If she didn’t like something, she’d let you know. One of her biggest joys in her life was meeting her biological grandson for the first time when she celebrated her 80th birthday. They spent many hours every day talking and laughing, establishing a special bond that words can’t describe. Marlene was a hard worker and liked so many things, such as playing cards, dancing, bowling. On her Wii, she flew airplanes and could bowl a strike sitting from her chair with one arm. She was funny and witty, and just loved life to its fullest. She was a member of Westridge United Methodist Church.
Marlene found her true love, Dennis “Curly” Vesely, and her little miniature companion Yorkie, Lucy. She deeply loved with all her heart her three daughters. Mom you will be forever in our hearts.
She is survived by her daughters, Pamela (Craig) Kidwell of Watauga, TX, Kim Block (Marvin Cinfel) of Columbus, NE, Marla (Tim) Miller of Norfolk, NE; sister Judith (Jay) Mitchell of Deland, FL; brother, Dallas (Julene) Halsey of San Leandro, CA; 7 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her four brothers, Williard Halsey, Raymond Halsey, Lyle Halsey, and Roger Halsey; parents; and step-father, George Bergland.
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