Marlene (Larson) Wallace, 1937-2018

Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte, is handling the arrangements for Marlene Ann (Larson) Wallace, 80, of LaPorte, Indiana, who passed away at home peacefully with her family by her side Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Marlene was born December 15, 1937, to Harold Charles Larson and Lucille Katherine (Ribordy) Larson-York. After her father passed away in 1951, her mother married Charles York in 1956. Marlene spent her lifetime in LaPorte and was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, the Madonna Circle, the Red Hat Society, and Four Seasons Garden Club.

Marlene graduated from LaPorte High School in 1956; she was involved in many clubs and activities, including being nominated Homecoming Queen and voted most popular by her classmates. After graduation, she worked in the dental office of Dr. A.J. Chidalek and worked at LaPorte Hospital. Later, she provided child day care in her home. Most recently, she was the co-owner with her husband and president of Parcel Port on Michigan Avenue in LaPorte.

Marlene married Jerry Dean Wallace on October 15, 1961, at St. Peter Parish in LaPorte and together had six children, Mary Elizabeth (William) Power of LaPorte, Joanna Marie (Michael) Connors of Beverly Shores, Indiana, John Paul (Karen Nicholls) Wallace of East Lansing, Michigan, Peter John (Kelye Martin) Wallace of Syracuse, Indiana, Timothy John (Kirstin Oswalt) Wallace of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Margaret Mary Wallace-McDonald of Valparaiso, Indiana; and grandchildren, Broc Power, Marlee Power, Theresa Connors, Christopher Wallace, Danyl Wallace Brown, Erin Wallace Curry, Dylan Wallace, Anna Wallace, Jack Wallace, and Thomas McDonald. She is also survived by a brother, Ronald Charles (Elena) Larson of LaPorte, Indiana; and sisters, Sandra Larson Jonas of LaPorte, Indiana, Karon Lee (John) Little of Carrollton, Texas, and Sharon Lee Parker of Empire, Alabama. She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, and a nephew, Larry Jonas.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte, where a parish rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at St. Peter Catholic Church, LaPorte. Family and friends may gather at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Burial will be in Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church, 1101 Michigan Ave., LaPorte, IN 46350; Dunes Hospice, 4711 Evans Ave., Valparaiso, IN 46383; or the Salvation Army, 3240 Monroe St., LaPorte, IN 46350.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.esslingfuneralhome.com.

12 Responses to “Marlene (Larson) Wallace, 1937-2018”

  1. bob

    May 05. 2018

    rest in peace Marlene , you will be missed

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  2. Karen & Jim Burden

    May 06. 2018

    To Jerry and family–Marlene will be missed by many. She was a great friend and a special person. May she rest in eternal peace.

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  3. Carol A Swanson

    May 06. 2018

    She was a lovely lady. May she rest in peace.

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  4. Jeff Barnard

    May 07. 2018

    Jerry, I am so very sorry for your loss. Marlene was a wonderful woman and she always so kind, generous and helpful whenever I dropped by the store. I know that although she no longer suffers, there is a void in your heart.
    I’m just so sorry. I’ll be praying for you and your family during this terrible time.
    Jeff

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  5. billie womack

    May 07. 2018

    Mary Sorry for your loss Prayers to your family

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  6. Deb Miller Kuta

    May 08. 2018

    Marlene was such a beautiful and sweet lady! I remember when she worked for Dr Chidalek when we were kids! Lovely person! May she RIP and your family find love and comfort at your time of loss!
    Deb Miller Kuta

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  7. Amy & Cory Huber

    May 08. 2018

    She has a very special place in our hearts! So very sorry for your loss, she was a tremendous mother, wife & friend to many.

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  8. Jim Rumely

    May 08. 2018

    Sincere condolences from your old back door neighbors. I am sure I speak for all my brothers and sisters in honoring Marlene and keeping her and the family in our prayers.

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  9. Chris Smith

    May 09. 2018

    Seems like only yesterday that our kids, Maggie and Chrissie, were in elementary school and we were room parents together. Marlene could provide cookies at a moment’s notice for any class event. She was amazing! Rest In Peace, Marlene. Jerry, my condolences on your loss.

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  10. Debra Williams

    May 13. 2018

    Marlene was truly a beautiful person inside and out💕. I remember her well from many visits to Dr. Chili’s. So sorry for your loss.

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  11. Mary Hucksted

    May 14. 2018

    Mary, Jodi and family, so sorry for the loss of your mom. I remember when she babysat for Jessie when she was little. Prayers to all of you

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  12. Jan Edquist

    May 15. 2018

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Jerry, Tim, Maggie and family. Marlene was such a warm, welcoming beautiful lady. She loved so many children but was the most proud of her own kids! I Loved chatting with her as she and Jerry worked together mailing packages after retiring from baby sitting! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!

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