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Ocala - Marlene Jean Dickmann, 79, of Ocala, Florida died Monday night, February 17th, 2014.
Marlene was born on December 26th, 1934 to Robert and Marcella Schmitt (Jos Schmitt and Sons Construction Co) of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. She was the fourth of five children. She graduated from Sheboygan Central High School in 1954 and married David J. Dickmann of Franklin Wisconsin on September 24, 1955. Together, they started a beautiful and adventurous life that took them to Idaho, Utah, Alabama, California, Virginia, Arizona and Florida. Prior to retirement from IBM, David and Marlene enjoyed a special assignment in Australia for over two years. They created a loving family of four children.
Marlene was a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was both generous and caring. Her greatest enjoyments in life were her family, her home and traveling to new places. She was extremely proud of her grandchildren and their personal achievements. Her life was a waterfall of happiness, optimism and joy.
Marlene's husband and life-long partner of over 50 years, David Dickmann, preceded Marlene in death in 2006. She provided care and support to him while battling cancer for nearly five years. In 2013 Marlene was diagnosed with leukemia with a poor prognosis. Her courage and fortitude to live life to its fullest was truly inspiring.
She is survived by her four loving children, Dean Dickmann/Cathy Green-Dickmann of Ocala Florida, Ross Dickmann/Sharon Smith-Dickmann, DPT of Bonita Springs Florida, Sue Ann and Jim Towle of Broomfield Colorado and Lisa Bennett of Ocala Florida; seven grandchildren; Casey and Kylee Dickmann, Christopher and Michael Towle and Mary, David and Mark Bennett. Marlene is additionally survived by her sister Barbara Jurk and brother Tom Schmitt of Sheboygan Wisconsin. Her brothers Donald Schmitt and Richard Schmitt of Sheboygan Falls and Sheboygan Wisconsin preceded her in death.
A celebration of Marlene's life will take place at Robert's Funeral Homes Bruce Chapel West, 6241 SW SR 200, Ocala Florida on Saturday, February 22nd at 11:00 am with a reception immediately afterwards. The family would be honored if, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are directed to Hope Hospice of Lee County Florida at Development Office, Hope Hospice, 9470 Health park Circle, Fort Myers Florida 33908. Donations may also be made online at
The family wishes to extend special appreciation to the nurses and nurse aides at The Terraces at Bonita Springs Life Care Community and for the Hospice team members of Hope Hospice in Lee County. Please visit and sign the online guestbook for Marlene at:
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2014
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