Verners Marauskis

Marauskis, Verners

A man who so loved The Lord has gone to Heaven to join Him - Rejoice! On November 15, 2012, Vern Marauskis passed away on Camano Island, WA from complications of bladder cancer. He was born October 9, 1933 in Riga, Latvia to the late Julius and Olga (Frisenfeld) Marauskis. He spent 10 years of his youth during WWII in displaced person camps in Nuremburg and Berlin, Germany; times he chose to speak very little of thru his life. A new chapter began when his family immigrated to America in 1950 and settled in Green Bay. He became proud to be in this country; even serving in the US Army Tank Corps, and ultimately becoming a US Citizen.

Vern was a 1953 graduate of Green Bay East High School and moved into the first position of his sales career, working for Montgomery Ward. In 1956, he married the late Gloria Breth and they had a daughter, Julie. Vern would leave Green Bay in 1960, moving to the west coast where his sales career would continue with Avis Rent-a-Car in Palm Springs, CA. He then went to work for Standard Oil, which brought him to Seattle, WA leaving there to form American Cascade with his partners where they sold auto parts to the tri-state area. Eventually, Vern also got his real estate license and finished his career working for Seattle Power & Light until his health forced his retirement in 2009.

While in Seattle, Vern met and married his second wife, Marilyn Peterson (Harnden) on November 5, 1970 and shortly thereafter adopted her daughter, Sandra. Marilyn and Vern had a long happy life full of love until her passing in 2005 from breast cancer. Vern was a wonderful man who will be missed by many; his big smile and booming laugh were his trademark. His sense of humor and his love of The Lord served him well thru his life. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend.

Vern is survived by daughter Julie (Mike) Dallaire, Green Bay, and daughter Sandy (Geoff) Shook, Camano Island, WA. He is further survived by his special joy, grandchildren Clarisa, Noel, & Morgan Shook.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents and sister Astrida as well as wife, Marilyn. Memorial Service was held Saturday, December 1 at Arbor Heights Community Church in Seattle where he will be buried at Forest Lawn in West Seattle. A memorial service will be held for Vern here in Green Bay as well. Visitation and Service will be 5-6:30 p.m. Monday at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, Green Bay.

The family would like to thank Majestic View Elder Care, Camano Island, for making Vern's last months happy and peaceful surrounded by beauty. A special thank you to his caretaker, Kelly, and her children, whose visits to Vern were a source of joy. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Find them online at

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Dec. 2, 2012