Marlene Roche Henselman passed away unexpectedly in Medford, Ore. Sunday, January 13, 2013. Born Marlene Ann Roche in Newark, Calif. September 2, 1935, she was 77 years old.
Marlene was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Henselman; her father and mother, Aniceito Jose Roche and Emily Victoria Leal; her beloved cousin, Mary Lotti; and her oldest brother Newell de Roche. Marlene is survived by her loving son and daughter, Mark Henselman and Roxanne Franco; two grandchildren, Emilio and Marcos; and three brothers, Nick, Ceito, and Lewie.
Marlene was a first-generation American citizen. Her parents emigrated to Newark, Calif. from the Island of Terceira in the Azores before she was born. She had many stories to share of the dairy farm she grew up on with her four older brothers. She graduated with honors from Washington Union High School, Newark, Calif. in 1954 and continued on to UC Berkeley where she was the first of her family to graduate college, receiving a degree in general curriculum in 1958.
She started her career at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory where she was an analyst in the Radiation Laboratory and met Jack. She spent the majority of her professional career at Foremost-McKesson in their food development division where she was instrumental in the research and development of many different food products. After retiring at the age of 50, she and Jack moved to Medford in 1987 to enjoy their retirement where Jack had grown up.
Marlene was a talented cook who loved to entertain at the family home. She played tennis for many years and was in a league for competitive play (USTA's Hot Tamales!). She was an avid bridge player and played as much bridge as she possibly could to the delight of many friends. She enjoyed traveling to historical sites in the U.S. as well as many trips with friends and family to Mexico and Europe.
Marlene loved living in Medford and the company of her many friends. She was first and foremost a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother; she beamed with pride of the accomplishments of her children. She was a remarkable woman, witty and kind, a wonderful hostess who will be sorely missed and forever live in the hearts and memories of those who knew her.
A reception celebrating her life is planned for 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2013 at the home of Jack and Marlene Henselman in Medford. Memorials may be sent in her name to Parkinson's Resources of Oregon, www.parkinsonsresources.org.
For those of you who Believe, there is a vacant seat at a bridge table where Marlene will be waiting for you to join in.