In loving memory of

Marlene J. Yarolem
May 1, 1936 - June 14, 2022

Marlene J. Yarolem, 86, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, June 14, 2022, at Southeast Regional Health Center Home Health and Hospice in West Burlington, Iowa.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 P.M., Monday, June 20, 2022, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 10:30 A.M. to 12:45 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Canton, Iowa Cemetery.

Marlene Joy Ringen was born on May 1, 1936 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Milton and Alma (Mangler) Ringen. She was a 1954 graduate of Bellevue High School. She married Rex Yarolem on April 17, 1955 in Bellevue, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 13, 2001.

Marlene had several jobs throughout the years including Clinton Engines, Hoffman Eggs and as a bus driver for "Head Start" in Cascade, Iowa in her earlier years. Most notably she was the Director of the Jackson County Humane Society in Maquoketa from 1978 to 1988. She and Rex then moved to Missouri and operated Farmer's Tavern and Campground from 1988 to 1997.

Marlene was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa, and the Baldwin/Monmouth Women's Club. She enjoyed "running the roads" as well as racing coonhounds in water races with her husband Rex.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Steve Yarolem of Baldwin, IA, Rexann Roach of Ft. Madison, IA, Mike (Connie) Yarolem of Maquoketa, IA, Jody Yarolem of Oxford Junction, IA, and Tim Yarolem of Wyoming, IA; 23 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Rex, a son Paul, son-in-law William, daughter-in-law Thelma, brother Harlan, and a sister Marilyn Earles.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Marlene J. Yarolem memorial fund has been established.

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Amanda Corbin wrote on Jun 17, 2022:

"Oh the many memories we have of her and Rex all good ones and her laughter was catching, they traveled a far distance to race dogs and never a complaint, we will miss you Marlene and tell Bill and Rex hi for us, Rest Easy ??"

Amee J Stafford wrote on Jun 17, 2022:

"Forever I will remember you open arms! Rip Aunt Marlene ?. "

Guy and Leanne Sommers wrote on Jun 17, 2022:

"We remember Marlene's love of pets who needed new homes through her work at the Jackson County Humane Society. She had a caring and compassionate heart. Prayers for your family."

Angel Schiffer wrote on Jun 16, 2022:

"My sincere condolences for your family, May the Lord Jesus welcome Marlene home in his loving arms. God?s peace be with you all. "

Marla Wilcox wrote on Jun 16, 2022:

"So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady. I would enjoy visiting with her when I would see her out in the stores. She will be missed a lot My Prayers go out to her family."

Rhonda Bickford wrote on Jun 16, 2022:

"Sorry for your family?s loss! I have many good j memories of Marlene and Rex"

Brenda Groves & Family wrote on Jun 16, 2022:

"to Marlene's family. I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your mom, grandma, great grandma. Marlene was a very nice and funny lady. Please know that I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace. "

Sue Smith wrote on Jun 16, 2022:

"Prayers to the family. So sorry for your loss. She will be missed."

Diane and Mike Wallace wrote on Jun 16, 2022:

"You're all in my heart and thoughts. Hugs, hugs and more hugs. love you guys"

Cindy Daniels wrote on Jun 15, 2022:

"Marlene's Family, So sorry to hear of Marlene passing. What a great lady. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. "

Karenlynn Hodgden-Hurt wrote on Jun 15, 2022:

"Prayers for her families "

Rodney Wentworth wrote on Jun 15, 2022:

"Marlene showed us how to be more loving, forgiving, and understanding. My wife Margaret and I have spent many hours with Marlene. I have never heard Marlene speak bad of anyone. She was always so forgiving. We enjoyed riding down the gravel roads of Iowa, reminiscing of times living in various places with the many people that our lives have touched. Marlene was loved by many and will be deeply missed. May she rest in peace."

Connie Bonney wrote on Jun 15, 2022:

"To the family- always enjoyed Marlene and her knowledge of stuff, her smile and laugh will be missed at church.."

Vicky wrote on Jun 15, 2022:

"IAM so sorry for your loss! Thoughts an prayers"

Sheila Bentley wrote on Jun 15, 2022:

"To Marlene?s family. You have my deepest sympathy. I always enjoyed visiting with Marlene and working with her at church. May she Rest In Peace. "