Starr, Marlene Elaine
Marlene Elaine Starr, Appleton, died on April 15 at 3:00 a.m. at the Mayflower assisted living facility. She had health issues from a brain aneurysm, 20 years ago, to a stroke, 7 years ago, that she finally couldn't overcome. A special thanks to Sharon, Patti, and the other girls for making her last years as comfortable as they could be!
Born at home in Milwaukee, on October, 27, 1937, to the late Anthony and Nina Petushek. She attended and graduated from West Milwaukee High School. There she was on Student council, drama, Latin club, chorus, and water ballet.
After school, Marlene's interests were piano, swimming, ice skating, and a strong interest in collecting antiques. She had a very natural eye when it came to interior design, landscaping, painting, or anything to do with creating something. She was the most creative person bar none!
In 1956, she married the late Alan Arneman, from Two Rivers. They then moved to Sturgeon Bay and had a family of four. After a divorce in 1965, Marlene moved her family back to Milwaukee. The family lived there for 10 years while she worked at Briggs and Stratton.
In 1973, she married the late Virgil Starr of Sturgeon Bay. The family then moved back to Sturgeon Bay. He was an instrumental part of giving her family unity. Marlene and Virgil opened an antique store in Green Bay. The store was a dream for Marlene with everything that she collected over the years. The dream was short lived do to an arsonist. This was a typical setback that only displayed her perseverance.
Survivors include her children, Shelly Mconnell, sons, Tyler and Sean, Appleton; Shawn Petushek, son, Brett Walker, Appleton; Brian Arneman, Appleton; Kevin and Cindy Arneman, son, Isaac and daughter, Sierra of Sturgeon Bay; siblings, Antoinette Hart, Sharon and Severin Knudsen, Kathy and Tim Lewein, and Anthony Jr. Petushek.
We thank you mom for your sacrifices and devotion that you have given us over the years. Our lives are strong by the values that you placed. We will live with your memories forever. Rest in Peace Marlene Elaine Starr. Your boys will miss your Kielbasa and breaded pork chops.
Marlene didn't want to have a service of any kind. If you wish to honor her, pick up a brush and paint the world!
Published in Door County Advocate on Apr. 19, 2014