Dickmann, Marlene Jean
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Marlene Jean Dickmann, 79, Ocala Fla., died Monday night, Feb. 17, 2014. Marlene was born on Dec. 26, 1934, to Robert and Marcella Schmitt (Jos Schmitt and Sons Construction Co) of Sheboygan Falls, Wis. She was the fourth of five children. She graduated from Sheboygan Central High School in 1954 and married David J. Dickmann of Franklin, Wis., on Sept. 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, Ocala Fla.; Ross Dickmann/Sharon Smith-Dickmann, DPT, Bonita Springs Fla.; Sue Ann and Jim Towle, Broomfield Colo.; and Lisa Bennett, Ocala Fla.; 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, Sheboygan, Wis. Her brothers Donald Schmitt and Richard Schmitt of Sheboygan Falls and Sheboygan, Wis., 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, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. 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 www.hopehcs.org. 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 www.robertsfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Sheboygan Press from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2014