Marlene Doering Webber

Feb. 14, 1939 - Oct. 25, 2005

Marlene Doering Webber, born Feb. 14, 1939, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc. Marlene was born to parents Gertrude and Walter E. Doering. She grew up on the family farm in Athens, Wis. She graduated from St. Olaf College in 1961 and lived in Minnesota until 1967. She spent six years living and working in Barbados and 30 years in California. But Marlene always described herself as "a Wisconsin girl at heart."

In April 2004 she returned to Wisconsin to be near her brother and family. She settled in Waukesha and said the friendly and welcoming people made it become "my home." While Marlene had a distinguished career in business and finance, it was her love of people and her gracious humor which really defined her. She always had a wide circle of friends, and although she lived in many different locations, the friendships lived on. Whether her friends were from the world of finance, her church or her own family, Marlene’s genuine amiability put everyone at ease.

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, Gertrude and Walter Doering of Athens (1973 and 1992) and her stepmother, Irma Doering of Wausau (1993). Her husband of 20 years, Arthur Webber of Corona, Calif., passed in 2000. She said that the best part of her life was meeting Arthur and being able to combine her career with the love of her life. "We were happiest when we were together," she said. "Fortunately, our last six years allowed us to be together at least 22 hours a day and we loved it."

Marlene was a stockbroker/financial planner with Paine Weber in California, and was affiliated with the Elks Club of Corona, Calif., and Waukesha, the Women’s Improvement Club of Corona, Soroptimist International, American Business Women’s Club, Toastmasters International, American Women’s Club of Barbados, Corona Chamber of Commerce, hospice volunteer and past member, board member and co-campaign chairman for United Way of Corona/Norco, Calif. She was a member of Peach Lutheran Church in Corona and a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Waukesha.

Survivors include her brother, Walter "Wally" Doering, and sister-in-law, Bernadette "Bernie" Doering of Waukesha; four nieces and nephews, Michelle (Shawn) Fitzpatrick, Steve Doering, James (Traci) Doering and Daniel Doering; two grandnephews, Connor and Collin Fitzpatrick; two stepsisters, Beverly (Lowell) Boehm of Madison and Janice Cline (Brent) Buell of New York, N.Y.; one stepdaughter, Marilee Romano of Southern California; two stepgranddaughters, Cara Leigh Makuh and McKenzie Romano; and two stepgreat-grandchildren, Avalon and Paul Makuh. Marlene was grateful to her many friends across the county for their visits and the continuous uplifting letters, notes and cards they sent during her illness.

A memorial service for Marlene will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp St., Waukesha, with the Rev. Frank Janzow officiating.

Marlene’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Peace Lutheran Church, 280 E. Ontario Ave., Corona, CA 92879; Ascension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp St., Waukesha, WI 53188; Regional Cancer Center of Waukesha Memorial Hospital, 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188; or to AngelsGrace Hospice, W359-N7430 Brown St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066.

For more information, call Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 542-6609 or visit www.waukeshafuneralhome.com for online obituaries, directions or condolences.