Obituary of Marlene Anne Laufman
Following her long journey with Alzheimer’s, Marlene Anne (Worley) Laufman died and joined her Savior, fittingly, on Good Friday, April 3, 2015 at Golden Empire Nursing Home. Mrs. Laufman was 77.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, at Chapel of the Angels Mortuary 250 Race Street, Grass Valley. Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 13, at Grace Lutheran Church, 1979 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, with Pastor Kent Shaaf officiating. Interment will take place at Bunker Hill Cemetery, Longview, Washington.
She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley, California. She was born on Feb. 21, 1938 in Longview, Washington to Harry and Marie (Hoggatt) Worley. Marlene lived her school years in Kelso, Washington. She was an honor student at Kelso High School. She also served as a majorette and was a very pretty cheerleader at Lower Columbia College, where she met her future husband, Paul. In June of 1959, they married.
Marlene and Paul were blessed with three children, the first of which was born in Pullman, Washington, where Paul completed his Engineering schooling at Washington State University. Paul’s career in rocket propulsion in the early days of spaceflight required their many moves, living in 16 addresses in Washington, Utah, Maryland, Mississippi and multiple locations in California. Marlene enjoyed referring to Paul as a “migrant missile worker” and she supported their every move as a new adventure, making many new and lasting friends. After the children were raised, Marlene entered the same workforce, ultimately retiring as an executive secretary from rocket-maker Aerojet General Corporation. She was dedicated to her many church organizations at each of their locations, especially enjoying quilting for delivery to third world needs through Lutheran World Relief. Marlene always had a great love for pets and was interred with the ashes of five of them.
Marlene was devoted to her family, her friend, her church and her Savior, Jesus Christ.
Marlene is survived by her husband of 55 years, Paul of Grass Valley, California; two daughters, Lori Kasler (Jeff) of Grants Pass, Oregon and Lisa Petersen (Mike) of Greenwood, California; son, George (Christy) Laufman of Kirkland, Washington; six grandchildren, Jackie Gillick, Katie Cooper, Jordan and Conner Kasler, Oliver Laufman and Kasey Petersen, three great granddaughters and two great grandsons, Petra Josephine, Sophia, Vincent and Julian Gillick of Glasgow, Scotland; brother, Jim Worley of Kelso, Washington and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Remembrance memorials may be offered to Grace Lutheran Church of Grass Valley.
Arrangements are under the care of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley.
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