It is with sadness we announce Marlene Jeanette Steward, 81, of Dixon, passed away August 4th, 2023, after a short illness surrounded by her loving family in the comforts of her home. She was born on October 8th, 1941, in Alpena, Michigan.
Marlene was preceded in death by her first husband of 31 years, Mitchell Kowalski; mother and father, Frank and Anna; brothers, Kenneth and Ralph Lasecki all from Alpena, Michigan.
Marlene leaves behind Jim Steward, her loving and caring husband of 27 years, and the extended Steward family to include son John (Melinda) Kowalski, brother Donald (Beverly) Lasecki; sister-in-law Geri Lasecki; grandsons, Tyler Gilmore, Kyle and Dylan Kowalski. Tyler and Jamie Gilmore have two beautiful daughters who make Marlene a great-grandmother. They refer to her as “GG”. They all reside in Dixon and Elmira. She’s also survived by nephews, Mark, Carl, and Tim, Lasecki and niece Jean Lenard from Ohio, Kentucky, and Minnesota areas; all of Marlene’s Catholic families from St. Basil’s, friends and co-workers from the Vallejo Unified School District, where she worked for 30 plus years.
Marlene was involved with the Local Red Hats, the local RV club that took Marlene and Jim on many memorable trips across the United States, every casino in California and their Friday night Dinners at the VFW; and her friends from the senior center.
Marlene will be greatly missed but not forgotten. Her willingness to accept and encourage a life full of love, fun, surprises and adventures with her family and friends will be unmatched and missed. With love, may she “Rest in Peace” and live on in our hearts, with the guarantee that she is already watching over us all.
A viewing will be held at Milton Carpenter Funeral Home in Dixon August 23rd from 5pm to 8pm, with a Rosary at 7pm. Catholic Prayer Service will be held August 24th at 10am. Doors will be open at 9am for final viewing. Committal service at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery directly follows the service at 11:30am. Rosary, service and committal service will be officiated by longtime family friend, retired Deacon Mike Urick.
A Celebration of Life will be after committal service.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you spend some quality time with family and friends in Mar’s name.