Marlene Betty Fritzsch Reimer died at her home in Ahwahnee, California, on September 3, 2021. She was 87 years old.
Marlene was born on April 13, 1934, in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. An industrious individual from an early age, Marlene had her own paper route at age 11. She left school at age 15 to work with her father in the family baking business. She met her future husband through mutual friends when he moved to Owen Sound and married Walt Reimer on February 24, 1954. Together, they settled into family life with their son, Steven Mark and daughter, Leigh.
After a visit to California, the family moved to Ventura in 1965 where Marlene stayed at home to raise the children and later joined her husband working in his insurance agency. She had a flair for design as anyone who visited their home would see. She loved to entertain and delighted her church friends when she would make her salmon mousse bagels and chocolate chip cookies for Coffee Hour. Together with Walt, they enjoyed traveling all over the world and also throughout California as members of the Ventura and San Joaquin Miata Clubs.
Marlene was very social and enthusiastically participated in Christ Church Anglican’s Martha’s Market ministry working all year to craft specialty items and tasty treats for the annual Christmas boutique that raised support for outreach programs. As a church usher/greeter, she was always that smiling face offering a gracious welcome to newcomers on Sunday mornings. She and Walt served as chaperones for the Disneyland Youth Trip and would host the annual Christmas caroling parties at their Ahwahnee home.
Marlene is survived by her son Steven Mark of Rutherford, North Carolina; daughter Leigh Schettler of Oakhurst, California; grandchildren Caleb Reimer, Amanda Reimer, Travis Schettler and Erin Schettler; and great-grandchildren Benjamin Schettler and Leviticus Schettler.
A joint funeral celebrating her life along with her recently deceased husband, Walt, will be held at Christ Church Anglican on September 11th at 3:00 p.m. The family would be grateful for donations to Christ Church Anglican in lieu of flowers.